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Publisher's Summary

Think smart people are just born that way? Think again.
Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing listeners how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for listeners to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.
Smart Thinking gives listeners:

The means to replace self-limiting habits with new behaviors that foster smart thinking
An understanding of the mind itself as well as memory
The ability to define and solve problems by finding and applying relevant knowledge
Ways to present and process information effectively

©2012 Art Markman (P)2012 Gildan Media Corp
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Critic Reviews

"Novak, chairman and CEO of YUM! Brands, offers powerful and sinceredirectives for creating a cohesive, success-oriented corporate culture.….Business people at all levels willfind something of value." ( Publisher's Weekly)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Lee on 12-14-12

I feel asleep in class

Your most boring professor writes a book. After listening for two hours, I learned that innovative thinkers apply past knowledge to new situations, and it is easier to stop a bad habit by replacing it with another behavior. Another book that would be better as a five minute TED video.

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4 out of 5 stars
By A. Yoshida on 04-05-14

Basic advice on approaching problems

This book didn't have any new information for me. I've already read "The Power of Habit" and learned that it easier to rid a bad habit by replacing it with a good habit, such as replace "eating sweets" with "eating an apple" rather than simply trying to stop the bad habit. I've also read "The Willpower Instinct," which explains conditions that helps you strengthen self-control (like building up your willpower a little at a time like a muscle). This book also provided other well known techniques for learning something -- observe, perform, and teach. If you had ever tried teaching others, you would have found gaps in your knowledge of the topic as soon as the learners started asking questions. As you find the answers to those questions, then you really become an expert in that topic. If these concepts are new for you, then this book would be useful.

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30 of 32 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gabriel on 06-04-16


great i would really recommend to anyone who want to think ouside the box.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. R. D. Cox on 09-28-15

3rd reading keeps getting better

brings together many modern self improvement ideas. I steadily add more to my tool kit and strategic thinking keeps getting easier and better

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