The Philosopher’s Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room (The Great Courses)

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Thinking is at the heart of our everyday lives, yet our thinking can go wrong in any number of ways. Bad arguments, fallacious reasoning, misleading language, and built-in cognitive biases are all traps that keep us from rational decision making—to say nothing of advertisers and politicians who want to convince us with half-truths and empty […]

How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals (The Great Courses)

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There’s more to colors than just aesthetics. There’s an actual science behind how colors work on your eyes and your brain. And the secrets that scientists are uncovering offer astounding revelations on how colors influence the way you think, feel, and behave—often without your conscious awareness. It’s an exciting time in the scientific study of […]

Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills (The Great Courses)

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What should you think? Who should you believe? Could you be deceiving yourself? These are questions that all critical thinkers of any age must constantly ask themselves. There is no more important skill in today’s world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in a way that is both effective and […]

Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health (The Great Courses)

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In recent decades, science has revealed that the mind and body are intimately connected in ways we haven’t previously realized—and this field of knowledge is now changing our understanding of health and disease. While it’s easy to see that stress affects health and well-being, or that your blood pressure rises when you’re angry, cutting-edge research […]

The Addictive Brain (The Great Courses)

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Addiction touches us all. Whether it’s a friend who can’t quit smoking, a colleague afflicted with alcoholism, or a relative abusing prescription drugs, we all know someone who suffers from some form of addiction—we may even have an addiction ourselves. By some estimates, roughly one in four Americans might be considered addicts. On the other […]

Music and the Brain (The Great Courses)

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“Patel is a pioneer in investigating music and the brain, and these clear and engaging lectures make the subject exciting and accessible.” -Oliver Sacks Music is an integral part of humanity. Every culture has music, from the largest society to the smallest tribe. Its marvelous range of melodies, themes, and rhythms taps into something universal. […]

Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive (The Great Courses)

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Raising children is one of the most rewarding and important, yet challenging, endeavors a person can undertake. To lament that babies are born without instruction manuals is a cliché, but it’s a sentiment rooted in the uncertainty many parents feel as they make day-to-day decisions they hope will help their children blossom into healthy, well-adjusted, […]

Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids (The Great Courses)

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We think of childhood as a carefree time, but child-size worries can loom large—for both parents and kids. From the tantrums of toddlerhood and the cliques of middle school to the online social world of teens, every child struggles at some point with anger, hurt feelings, and difficult friendship issues. For parents, figuring out how […]

Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior (The Great Courses)

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Scientific mysteries are everywhere around you. At the bottom of the deepest oceans. On the frontiers of the known universe. But some of life’s greatest scientific mysteries lie much closer than that: inside the recesses of the human mind. Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what, on the surface, […]

The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being (The Great Courses)

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Have you ever noticed that trying to calm down before a high-stakes event often just produces more agitation? That trying to change troublesome habits can seem difficult or impossible? Or that real fulfillment and well-being can be elusive, despite living a successful life? A surprising number of such difficulties stem from an inherited propensity of […]