Posts in Category: Book Reviews

“Fitness Powered Brains” – Book Review

Scientific data to nourish the motivation for physical fitness with the goal to power up and boost mental activities? Yes, please!

Fitness Powered Brains by Dr. Chong Chen, research scientist at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan, offers a collection of data that support the importance of physical exercise in psychological well-being and mental productivity along with recommendations on how to incorporate these findings in your everyday life.

“The Power of Time Perception” – Book Review

You will never think about the 24-hour day the same once you finish reading this book! Jean Paul Zogby’s “The Power of Time Perception” is the mother-load when it comes to up-to-date evidence-based information on how we experience time and what can be done in order to enhance the satisfaction of having lived each moment to the fullest.

“The Power of Time Perception” is physics, psychology, neuroscience and responsible self-help material, all rolled into one! It’s one of the best reviews and meta-analyses available to the general public on the topic of time perception and management.

“The Science of Positivity” and “Habits of a Happy Brain” – Book Reviews

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For all you curiosity-driven and knowledge-thirsty fellow mammals, I bring great news! 🙂 Essential theoretical and practical information about animal and human cognition, behavior and neurochemical dynamic, along with strategies to create your path to neurochemical happiness, is now available in new book formats: “Science of Positivity” and “Habits of a Happy Brain“, authored by Dr. Loretta Breuning, Professor Emerita of Management at California State University, East Bay. Read and find out everything you need to know about your mammalian brain and discover ways to create new “happy circuits” that will help you see a better version of the world around you.

“Scientists Making A Difference” – Book Review

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Wow“. An academic, reverence-, gratitude- and newly-replenished-inspiration-filled “Wow”. This is what best describes my overall, unmediated reaction after reading “Scientists Making A Difference” – a great new book published in August by Cambridge University Press that I was lucky enough to be invited to review and thus be able to witness the early moments in the development of what I believe will become a central material in the education and professional training of future generations of psychological science professionals.

“The Humans” – Book Review

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“The Humans” was one of my holiday reads. It is a book I would’ve probably never picked up to read based on its 4th cover description. It was given to me as a present and because it was different than what I would usually choose to read, I took it as a challenge and started reading right away.

“The Atheist’s Mass” – Book Review

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“The Atheist’s Mass” is a short story written by Honoré de Balzac in 1836, that was later included in “The Human Comedy (orig. “La Comédie Humaine”), a comprehensive novels and short story collection.

Although a short text (around 20 pages long), this story contains a variety of powerful messages, ranging from social aspects, to morals and religion.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” – Book Review

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“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1892. It depicts the experience of a woman who, while spending Summer together with her husband and his sister in a beautiful colonial mansion, struggles to deal with the monotonous daily life she is constrained to live as a result of a resting cure prescribed to her as a mean of treatment for her “nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency”.

“Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” – Book Review

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I could not believe how flat I found “Flatland”… at least in the beginning. This 19th century satirical novella is a wonderful depiction of the social shortcomings of the Victorian Era and a skilled mathematical introduction into the world of multi-dimensions, but regarding the writing style, I found it rather monotonous.

Literary, it’s a flop. Philosophically, a masterpiece. Psychologically, a nightmare.

“Beyond Cynical” – Book Review

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After reading and reviewing two of Dr. Loretta Breuning’s books – „I, Mammal” and „Meet your Happy Chemicals” – here on Psychology Corner, she invited me to read and review her latest book – „Beyond Cynical” – that has been released in September. After my previous and very enjoyable experience of reading the first two books, I was looking forward to reading „the new one”. Little did I know that this was going to be the best experience so far!

“I, Mammal” and “Meet Your Happy Chemicals” – Book Reviews

Have you ever thought about why us, humans, are so interested in boosting our social status? What kind of attributes do we relate with the “status” concept and why do we feel so good when we reach certain hierarchical milestones?

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Dr. Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD – Professor Emerita of Management at California State University, East Bay, and a docent at the Oakland Zoo – explains the mammal search for status and happiness in two captivating books – “I, Mammal” and “Meet your Happy Chemicals”.

I believe these two books should be read together, because they complement each other so well and are fit for both professionals and enthusiasts in the fields of animal and human cognition and behavior and neurochemistry.