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Summary: Economist Tim Harford studies complex systems and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: they were all created through trial and error. In this TEDTalk, Harford discusses the drawbacks of the God Complex - a syndrome common among doctors and other professionals in which they believe that no matter how complicated the problem, they alone have one, infallible solution. Harford asks us...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2011

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McGonigal, Kelly.

Summary: "More than forty-four percent of Americans admit to losing sleep over stress. And while most of us do everything we can to reduce it, Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., delivers a startling message: Stress isn't bad. In The Upside of Stress, McGonigal highlights new research indicating that stress can, in fact, make us stronger, smarter, and happier--if we...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Avery, a member of Penguin Random House 2015

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 155 MCG

Levitin, Daniel J.

1 hold on 1 copy

Summary: A primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever. We are bombarded with more information each day than the mind can process--especially in election season. It's raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. New York Times bestselling author Daniel Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports, revealing the ways...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 153 LEV

Norman, Donald A.

Summary: "Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious-even liberating-book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2013

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 620.8 NOR

Hertenstein, Matthew J.

Summary: "What does a yearbook photo have to do with future marital success? Can the CEO's appearance tell you anything about a company's quarterly earnings? In The Tell, psychologist Matthew Hertenstein reveals that our intuition is surprisingly good at using small clues to make big predictions, and shows how we can make better decisions by homing in on the right details. Drawing on rigorous research...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Perseus Books Group 2013

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 153.6 HER

Streep, Peg.

Summary: "In Mastering the Art of Quitting the authors show us how to let go when we need to and how to start over. A guide to increasing our emotional and mental flexibility, assessing our goals, and knowing when to hang in or bail out, it tackles our tendenciesto overanalyze, ruminate, and put a positive spin on situations we actually need to avoid. In a culture which perceives quitting as a last...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Perseus Books Group 2013

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 158 STR

DiSalvo, David

Summary: " Let's be honest. You've tried the sticky-note inspirations, the motivational calendar, and the cute (but ineffective) "carpe diem" mug-yet your attitude hasn't changed. It's time to apply cutting-edge science to the challenges of daily life. While everyone desires self-improvement, we are quickly frustrated when trying to implement the contradictory philosophies of self-appointed self-help...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Perseus Distribution Services 2013

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 153 DIS

Summary: When people decide whether or not to follow the crowd, what happens inside their brains? This ABC News program explores that question, highlighting neurological research that helps explain conformity and sheds light on the complex relationship between group and individual behavior. Placing test subjects in candid-camera style settings, the program illustrates how social pressures can alter...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Amen, Daniel G.

Summary: "In this completely revised and updated edition of the breakthrough bestseller, you'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You're not stuck with the brain you're born with. Renowned neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen includes cutting-edge reseach and the latest surprising,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Harmony Books 2015

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 616.8 Amen 2015

Stoknes, Per Espen

Summary: The more facts that pile up about global warming, the greater the resistance to them grows, making it harder to enact measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities for the inevitable change ahead. It is a catch-22 that starts, says psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes, from an inadequate understanding of the way most humans think, act, and live in the world...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Chelsea Green Publishing 2015

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 155 STO

Summary: Heinz has sold baked beans since the late 1880s, and even though the recipe has remained basically the same, the company still sells 10 times as many beans as its nearest rival. Has nobody come up with a better product in 120 years, or is something else going on? Is branding so powerful that it can actually affect our taste buds? This program goes on the trail of international food and beverage...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2011

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Summary: Essentially, a manager's style is the way he or she makes decisions, relates to subordinates, and lays out a vision for an organization. This program examines five widely recognized management styles, commonly identified as autocratic, persuasive, consultative, participative, and laissez faire. Viewers learn about each style's characteristics, advantages, drawbacks, and practical applications....

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2011

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Summary: High tech is big money-as Facebook, Apple, and other digital superbrands have demonstrated so well. What factors enable technology companies to rule today's global economy? Is it all about marketing, or are other forces at work when the latest smart phone stirs consumers into a frenzy? This program goes inside the technology industry for answers. Viewers will learn about Sony's Blu-ray...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2011

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Summary: Formerly a speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore as well as an aide to Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Dan Pink went freelance to spark a right-brain revolution in the career marketplace. In this TEDTalk, the author of Drive and A Whole New Mind examines the puzzle of motivation - why it does or doesn't work. Viewers discover something that most social scientists know but many managers don't:...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: The apparel industry has become far more than a showcase for a designer's talent-it's now the battleground of billion-dollar corporations. This program enters the world of fashion superbrands to find out how and why they have invaded not only our wardrobes, but our minds. With help from neuroscientist and marketing expert Dr. Gemma Calvert, who administers an MRI scan to an avid fashion...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2011

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Fisher, Roger

Summary: "Since it was first published in 1981 Getting to Yes has become a central book in the Business Canon: the key text on the psychology of negotiation. Its message of "principled negotiations"--finding acceptable compromise by determining which needs are fixed and which are flexible for negotiating parties--has influenced generations of businesspeople, lawyers, educators and anyone who has sought...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin 2011

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 158.5 FIS

Alter, Adam L.

Summary: Why are people named Kim, Kelly, and Ken more likely to donate to Hurricane Katrina victims than to Hurricane Rita victims? Are you really more likely to solve puzzles if you watch a light bulb illuminate? How did installing blue lights along a Japanese railway line halt rising crime and suicide rates? Can decorating your walls with the right artwork make you more honest? The human brain is...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2013

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 155.9 ALT

Summary: This program illustrates the application of positive psychology through a powerful workshop in which participants increase their awareness of what creates happiness by performing acts of indulgence, altruism, and gratitude. How to Be Happy also considers whether wealth, friendship, religion, job satisfaction, raising children, and getting older typically do or don't promote happiness. An fMRI...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: This program is devoted to the ways in which the demands of a diverse work force can best be met: how schools can help prepare students, how businesses can help build bridges, how all Americans can-and must-learn to value, respect, and benefit from diversity in society and in the workplace.

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: This program refutes the melting pot theory, explaining that employees do not-and should not be expected to-set aside their particular cultural values when they come to work. The most successful organizations and managers are those who understand diversity and seek to profit from it; this program presents the views of African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans who share...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Gladwell, Malcolm

4 holds on 13 copies

Summary: In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, New Yorker writer Gladwell (The Tipping Point) aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers-to "analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them," in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Little, Brown and Co. 2019

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 302 GLA

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Browsing Hot Titles, Call number: HOT TITLE

Summary: Using the EEOC definition of sexual harassment, this program shows how this damaging and expensive problem in the workplace takes place, how situations get out of hand, and how the problem can be addressed and stopped. It reviews all the well-worn excuses for ignoring harassment, provides suggestions for action if harassment is suspected, and highlights the cost of failing to take action at...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Wiseman, Richard (Richard John)

Summary: Presents unusual aspects of human behavior as revealed in psychological experiments, examining such issues as how jokes are evaluated as being funny, what makes people willing to help those in need, and what makes some personal ads more successful than others.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Basic Books 2007

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Adult, Call number: 150.72 Wiseman

Summary: This program takes the viewer through the intensely personal stories of several ethnically diverse storytellers. From learning to speak English to teenage motherhood and blatant discrimination, all the participants share how they were able to beat the odds and gain employment. Each story offers insight into the issues that affect minorities, while experts offer some explanation and advice about...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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