Book Launch: Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights into How You Think by G. Wayne Miller

Monday, November 4, 2013

7:00 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2013-11-04 19:00 - 20:15

Book Launch Event

for Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights Into How You Think

In this groundbreaking contribution to the literature of human personality, a celebrated psychologist and an award-winning author offer an exciting new way of thinking about our minds — and ourselves— based on a new way of looking at the brain.

With cowriter G. Wayne Miller, celebrated psychologist Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn, a leader in the field of cognitive neuroscience at Harvard and then at Stanford, explains an exciting new theory of the brain for the first time. Summarizing extensive research in an inviting and accessible way, Kosslyn and Miller describe how the top and bottom parts of the brain work together, producing four modes of thought: Mover, Adaptor, Stimulator, and Perceiver. These ways of thinking and behaving shape your personality, and with the scientifically developed test provided in the book, you’ll quickly be able to determine which mode best defines your dominant mode of thought. Once you’ve identified your dominant cognitive mode, the possible practical applications are limitless, from how you conduct business, to your romantic relationships, to your voyage of personal discovery.

For the past fifty years, popular culture has led us to believe in the left brain vs. right brain theory of personality types. Right-brain people, we’ve been told, are artistic, intuitive, and thoughtful, whereas left-brain people tend to be more analytical, logical, and objective. It would be an illuminating theory if it did not have one major drawback: It is simply not supported by science. In contrast, the new theory is based on solid research that has stayed within the confines of labs all over the world—until now.

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 About the Author

G. Wayne Miller, is the author of eight previous books, including The Uncommon Man, the Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell and King of Hearts, The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery and a filmmaker, BEHIND THE HEDGEROW: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society and Coming Home.  Mr. Miller has been a member of the Providence Journal Staff since the early 1980s.  He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Pell Center of Salve Regina University where he is co-director of Story in the Public Square, a year-round initiative to study and celebrate public story telling.

And, most importantly, Wayne Miller is passionate about libraries and a Trustee Emeritus of the Jesse Smith Memorial Library in Burrillville.

 On Twitter: @gwaynemiller  

 Book talk and signing to follow.

 Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. 

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