Sunday, March 4, 2012

"SNAP: Seizing Your AHA! Moments" by Katherine Ramsland

    Sudden flashes of inspiration have triggered many discoveries and inventions throughout history. Are such aha! moments merely random, or is there a way to train the brain to harness these seemingly unpredictable creative insights? In this fascinating overview of the latest neuroscience findings on spontaneous thought processes, or "snaps", Dr. Katherine Ramsland describes how everyone--not just geniuses-- can learn to improve the likelihood of their own "eureka" moments by adopting certain rewarding attitudes and  habits.
    As Dr. Ramsland explains, snaps are much more than new ideas. Snaps are insights plus momentum--they instantly compel or snap us toward action. They often occur after ordinary problem solving hits an impasse. We may feel stuck, but while we're in a quandary, the brain is rebooting. Then, when we least expect it, the solution pops into our heads.
    Ramsland describes the results of numerous scientific experiments studying this phenomenon. She also recounts intriguing stories of people in diverse disciplines who have had a snap experience. Both the research and the stories illustrate that it's possible to enhance our facility for snap moments by training ourselves to scan, sift, and solve.
    Scanning involves learning such habits as watching for opportunitiesand ideas, setting goals, coordination short and long-term memory, and letting the mind wander creatively. Sifting has to do with our mental maps, developing mental flexibility, balancing practive and play, and shaping information into new patterns. Finally solutions occur when trust inour inner resources outweighs perceived risk, and we know when to stop thinking and to just relax.
    Throughout this insightful book, Ramsland offers puzzles and exercises to demonstrate how the aha! experience can be achieved. Readers can use the suggestions for cultivating snaps in their own lives.
    In the emerging economy, businesses and individuals need new strategies, and it's clear that just thinking harder no longer works. People who can snap are often a step ahead: they have a vigilance advantage from exercising brain cells that build mental agility. While snapping is rewarding, fun, and good for improving our mental skills, it's also much more: people who snap life-changing ideas that affect many others will redirect our future.
    Written in an accessible, jargonfree narrative that weaves together the latest research with illuminating stories of innovative people, SNAP teaches us how to cultivate our own inner epiphanies to gain an edge in our imaginations, our careers, our goals-indeed, in every aspect of our lives.

    I did enjoy the information in this book. I am not really big on this type, but I finished it. Was a bit boring but had a ton of information. I will take the information from this book and use it well. Good Job Katherine. I hope many other people gain better knowledge and gain more "snaps" in their lives from your book, I sure hope I do!
Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways for the book!!!

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