Psychology

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Faye Flam

Beginning with a "boot camp" for wannabe pickup artists.where men pay thousands of dollars for three days of classroom seminars on how to get women into bed.Flam's quest for a deeper understanding of men takes her back through the evolutionary history of the human male. By placing the human male in the context of the natural world, Flam highlights some intriguing resemblances among males of all species, but also the unique challenges that men face when courting women.whether for a lifelong partnership or a onenight stand.

Lori Oliwenstein

Oliwenstein, a science writer for the University of Southern California's Health Sciences Public Relations Office, describes life at its extremes describing the deepest of depressions and the wildest of euphorias. It's about the struggle to get diagnosed, find treatments, and forge a life out of chaos.

Jeff Hawkins with Sandra Blakeslee

Blakeslee: "Jeff Hawkins, inventor of the Palm Pilot and Treo 600 phone, has come up with what I believe is the best explanation ever given for how the brain really works. While Jeff is known as an innovator in technology, he is also a self-taught expert on the neo-cortex — the thin, rumpled sheet that is the seat of human intelligence and sensory awareness."

Paul Raeburn

Raeburn says he began Acquainted with the Night thinking it would be a science writer's account of mental illness in children. He begins the story with a prologue relating his own experiences with his children, one of whom has bipolar disorder and one of whom has depression. When he finished the prologue, he says, "I felt I had more to say about the personal story before I moved to the journalism." Eventually, he discovered he could not let go of the personal story — it took over the book.

Joseph Carey, ed, and Leah Ariniello, science writer

The Society for Neuroscience is the world's largest organization of scientists and physicians dedicated to understanding the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. Brain Fact is a beautifully illustrated book, which not only includes brain anatomy but describes the effects of strokes, Alzheimer's, and many other ailments that affect the structure of the brain.

William C. Breuer

This book is aimed at hypnotherapy predominately for physical conditions. It is a practical, how-to guide for hypnotherapists who want to work with the general medical community and for healthcare practitioners who wish to incorporate hypnotherapy into their daily medical practices.

V.R. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee

Blakeslee: "Writing a book with Rama is an exercise in delight. He is one of the most original people I've ever met, full of fascinating ideas, oddball but brilliant experiments and deep insights into the nature of the human brain. This book is first about phantom limbs — what they are, how to manipulate them, and finally, how to make them go away."