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5 Must-Read Books for Anyone Fascinated by the Human Mind

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If you pause to think about it, the human mind is truly a bottomless marvel. It composes symphonies, falls in love, and grapples with the mysteries of the universe—but how? To discover the latest science behind how your mind really works, check out the five remarkable books below.

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Sensitive: The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World

By Jenn Granneman and Andre Sólo

A paradigm-shifting look at a long-undervalued yet hugely beneficial personality trait, from the creators of the world’s largest community for highly sensitive people. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Andre Sólo, in the Next Big Idea App

Psych: The Story of the Human Mind

By Paul Bloom

Was Freud right that we are all plagued by forbidden sexual desires? What is the function of emotions such as disgust, gratitude, and shame? A renowned psychologist answers these questions and many more in this riveting new book about the science of the mind. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Paul Bloom, in the Next Big Idea App

Why We Forget and How to Remember Better: The Science Behind Memory

By Andrew E. Budson and Elizabeth A. Kensinger

This book empowers you with the knowledge you need to remember better, whether you are a college student looking to ace your next exam, a business professional preparing a presentation, or a healthcare worker needing to memorize the 600+ muscles in the human body. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-authors Andrew E. Budson and Elzabeth A. Kensinger, in the Next Big Idea App

Body Am I: The New Science of Self-Consciousness

By Moheb Costandi

How the way we perceive our bodies plays a critical role in the way we perceive ourselves. A science writer explores this idea through stories of phantom limbs, rubber hands, anorexia, and other phenomena. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Moheb Costandi, in the Next Big Idea App

The Language of the Face: Stories of Its Uniquely Expressive Features

By Frank Gonzalez-Crussi

A broad and riveting cultural history of physiognomy, exploring how the desire to divine deeper meaning from our looks has compelled humans for millennia. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Frank Gonzalez-Crussi, in the Next Big Idea App

The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes

“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.

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