Top Brain, Bottom Brain

Top Brain, Bottom Brain

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Kosslyn, PhD, Stephen M. | Miller, G. Wayne Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015
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In Top Brain, Bottom Brain, Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn and G. Wayne Miller offer a new, research-driven alternative to the outdated left-brain/right-brain theory of cognitive processing. The authors demonstrate that human thought patterns, personalities, and behaviors are influenced by the ways in which a person accesses the top and bottom parts of the brain. While everyone utilizes both parts of their brains, some people rely more heavily on the top part, which helps them to formulate and execute plans. Others rely more on the bottom part, which helps them to classify and interpret information. Some people use both the top and bottom parts extensively, and others do not rely heavily on either part. These four approaches represent four distinct cognitive modes of thinking that influence how people approach the world, manage difficult situations, and develop their relationships with others.