Psychology

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Judith Horstman

Horstman, a Sacramento, Calif., freelance, presents a look at the future of the brain, based on articles from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazines, and the work of today's visionary neuroscientists. She describes how scientific breakthroughs and research are turning science fiction into science fact.

edited by Bruce Sklarew and Myra Sklarew

The late Joseph Noshpitz was at the forefront of psychodynamic treatment and research with children and adolescents for more than 40 years. A founder and past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and president of the American Association of Children's Residential Centers, Noshpitz's breadth of knowledge and wisdom ranged well beyond the traditional areas of diagnosis and therapeutic interventions, envisioning the child as an individual within the family and the wider culture.

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., and Maia Szalavitz

Perry, a child psychiatrist and Szalavitz, a New York freelance, argue in their book that empathy is a crucial human quality that underlies much more than love, friendship, and parenting. The authors explore how empathy affects everything from emotional depression to the Great Recession, from physical health to mental health, from our ability to love to criminal behavior, and even the rise and fall of societies.

Judith Horstman

Why am I so cranky in the morning? How effective is multitasking? When do I make the best decisions? Journalist Horstman reveals the answers to these questions and a lot more. She reviews a full day of brainwork by accounting for the mental processes of everyday activities, arranged by hour, beginning with 5 a.m. and "coming to consciousness." Horstman shows how, as hormone and neurotransmitter levels change throughout the day, there may be an optimal time for everything.

Irene S. Levine

Levine is the Huffington Post's "Friendship Doctor," a psychologist, a journalist, and a professor at NYU School of Medicine. Men, jobs, children, personal crises, irreconcilable social gaps — these are just a few of the reasons that may cause a female friendship to end. "No matter what the circumstances, the breakup of a female friendship leaves a woman devastated and asking herself difficult questions," she writes. "Was someone to blame? Is the friendship worth fighting for? How can I prevent this from ever happening again?"

Stephen S. Ilardi

Depression rates have skyrocketed: approximately one in four Americans will suffer from major depression at some point in their lives, according to Ilardi, associate professor psychology at the University of Kansas. Inspired by the extraordinary resilience of aboriginal groups like the Kalluli of Papua New Guinea who rarely suffer from depression, Ilardi's book prescribes an easy-to-follow, clinically proven program that harks back to what our bodies were originally made for — and need.

Stuart Brown, M.D. and Christopher Vaughan

Stuart Brown, a psychiatrist, clinical researcher, and the founder of the National Institute for Play, has spent his career studying animal behavior and conducting more than six thousand "play histories" of humans from all walks of life — from serial murderers to Nobel Prize winners. This book explains why play is essential to our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity, ability to problem solve, and more.

Jerome Levine MD and Irene Levine PhD

Jerome and Irene Levine are professors of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. The Levines believe that despite major breakthroughs that have taken place in research, practice, and public policy over the past two decades, the lives of individuals and families directly affected by serious mental illnesses have improved only marginally because of limited mental health literacy — until the disease hits home.

Alison Bass

Bass, a freelance writer and adjunct professor at Boston University, has written a book that tells the true story of a groundbreaking court case and the personal drama that surrounded the making and unmasking of a best-selling drug. It chronicles the lives of two women — a prosecutor and a whistleblower — who exposed the pattern of deception in the research and marketing of Paxil, an antidepressant prescribed to millions of children and adults.