The Brain That Changes Itself – Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

Norman Doidge

Is it possible to change your brain? What is neuroplasticity? In this book psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D. shares astonishing stories of people whose life has been transformed thanks to neuroplasticity. From stroke patients learning to speak again to a woman born with a half brain that rewired and reorganised itself to work as a whole, this book opens up to a whole new way to look at our brain, they way we learn and at human potential. 

Emotional Intelligence. Why it can matter more than IQ

Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman redefines intelligence and success: Does IQ define our destiny? He argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play major role in thought, decision making and individual success. Self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, motivation and empathy are all qualities that mark people who excel: whose relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. With insights into the brain architecture underlying emotion and rationality, Goleman shows precisely how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened.

Predictably Irrational. The hidden forces that shape our decisions

Dan Ariely

In this book Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviours are neither random nor senseless. By presenting a wide range of scientific experiments, findings, and anecdotes that are in many cases quite amusing Dan shows how our behaviours are systematic and predictable making us predictably irrational.