The Winner Effect: The Science of Success and How to Use It

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A&C Black, Mar 1, 2013 - Brain chemistry - 320 pages
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What makes a winner?Why do some succeed both in life and in business, and others fail? The 'winner effect' is a term used in biology to describe how an animal that has won a few fights against weak opponents is much more likely to win later bouts against stronger contenders. As Ian Robertson reveals, it applies to humans, too. Success changes the chemistry of the brain, making you more focused, smarter, more confident and more aggressive. And the more you win, the more you will go on to win. But the downside is that winning can become physically addictive.By understanding what the mental and physical changes are that take place in the brain of a 'winner', how they happen, and why they affect some people more than others, Robertson explains what makes a winner or a loser - and how we can use the answers to these questions to understand better the behaviour of our business colleagues, employees, family and friends.
 

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Contents

The Puzzle of the Changeling Fish
53
The Enigma of Bill Clintons Friend
95
The Mystery of the Oscars
136
The Riddle of the Flying CEOs
187
The Winning Mind
238
Afterword
277
Further Reading
295
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"Ian Robertson is a rare combination: a cutting edge neuroscientist whose important research is done in great depth and with careful detail, who also has the ability to step back, take risks, and explore the big picture, with a vivid, clear, engaging style, and enviable energy." --Norman Doidge, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Brain that Changes Itself"

A neuroscientist and trained clinical psychologist, Ian Robertson is an international expert on neuropsychology. Currently Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, and formerly Fellow of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, he holds visiting professorships at University College London and Bangor University in the United Kingdom, and is a visiting scientist at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, Canada. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and has published over 250 scientific articles in leading journals. He is also author and editor of ten scientific books, including the leading international textbook on cognitive rehabilitation, and three books for the general reader including "Mind Sculpture: Your Brain's Untapped Potential." He is a regular keynote speaker at conferences on brain function throughout the world. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
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