Book cover of Optimal Human Being: An Integrated Multi-level Perspective by Kennon Sheldon
Health and Psychology

Optimal Human Being: An Integrated Multi-level Perspective

Ken Sheldon’s comprehensive new book addresses two questions: how can individuals best integrate the different facets of themselves to achieve “optimal human being”, and how can researchers best integrate the different levels of analysis within the human sciences to understand “optimal human being” in general? […Learn More]

Book cover of Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity by Theodore M. Porter
Biological Sciences

Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity

The untold story of how hereditary data in mental hospitals gave rise to the science of human heredity

In the early 1800s, a century before there was any concept of the gene, physicians in insane asylums began to record causes of madness in their admission books. Almost from the beginning, they pointed to heredity as the most important of these causes. […Learn More]

Book cover of Losing Our Minds: The Challenge of Defining Mental Illness by Dr. Lucy Foulkes
Health and Psychology

Losing Our Minds: The Challenge of Defining Mental Illness

A compelling and incisive book that questions the overuse of mental health terms to describe universal human emotions

Public awareness of mental illness has been transformed in recent years, but our understanding of how to define it has yet to catch up. Too often, psychiatric disorders are confused with the inherent stresses and challenges of human experience […Learn More]

Book Cover of the Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Health and Psychology

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness

Doctors have struggled for centuries to define insanity—how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people—sane, healthy, well-adjusted members of society—went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry’s labels. Forced to remain inside until they’d “proven” themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan’s watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever. […Learn More]

Book Cover of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk
Health and Psychology

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller 

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence.  […Learn More]

Book Cover of Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
Health and Psychology

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber.

With two appearances on CBS This Morning and Fresh Air’s most popular interview of 2017, Matthew Walker has made abundantly clear that sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remains more elusive. […Learn More]