Reading List: The Leading Brain

Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance
January 28, 2017

This book essentially endorses the virtues your mother tried to instill in you—but it’s based on cutting-edge neuroscience, and it comes with specific ways to upgrade your brain, your behavior, and your life. The authors, a pair of German consultants specializing in brain-based leadership, examine and explain many new ideas, including Cognitive Jujitsu, a nifty bit of branding for a technique of redirecting negative emotions to make them productive. The biggest idea is neuroplasticity.

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Science used to think you were stuck with the brain you were born with. Actually, it is possible to rewire the brain, by practice, to support healthier habits, eliminate bad habits, and give yourself lifelong learning. “Neuroplasticity can even make it possible to retrain your brain’s physical abilities simply by imagining those changes,” the authors write. So don’t give up on that air guitar just yet.

The Leading Brain
By Friederike Fabritius and Hans W. Hagemann
February; TarcherPerigee; $26

 

This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.

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