New Release Books by Annie Murphy Paul

Annie Murphy Paul is the author of The Extended Mind (2022), Thinking Outside the Brain (2019), Origins (2010), The Cult of Personality Testing (2010) and , Brilliant (2015).

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The Extended Mind

release date: Jun 07, 2022

Thinking Outside the Brain

release date: May 14, 2019
Thinking Outside the Brain
A bold new book that proves our bodies and surroundings know more than our brains do.

Origins

release date: Oct 07, 2010
Origins
Women who become pregnant today are bombarded with urgent messages about the food they eat, the chemicals they’re exposed to, the stress they feel—and how such prenatal influences will affect their future children. When Annie Murphy Paul first encountered the intense anxiety and overwhelming responsibility that now accompany pregnancy, she was shocked, then baffled, then curious. And when she become pregnant a second time, she decided to investigate. Over the course of nine months, Paul explores how fetuses are shaped in utero, separating the evidence from the hype and filling in the historical and cultural context. As a science writer, she goes deep into the exciting new field of fetal origins, examining its claims that many of our individual characteristics—from susceptibility to disease, to appetite and metabolism, to intelligence and even personality and temperament—begin in the womb. And as a pregnant woman, she probes the cultural mania that surrounds pregnancy today, bringing to bear her own intimately observed experience. Filled with startling insights and eye-opening perspectives, Origins will change the way you think about yourself, your children, and human nature itself.

The Cult of Personality Testing

release date: Jun 15, 2010
The Cult of Personality Testing
Award-winning psychology writer Annie Paul delivers a scathing exposé on the history and effects of personality tests. Millions of people worldwide take personality tests each year to direct their education, to decide on a career, to determine if they'll be hired, to join the armed forces, and to settle legal disputes. Yet, according to award-winning psychology writer Annie Murphy Paul, the sheer number of tests administered obscures a simple fact: they don't work. Most personality tests are seriously flawed, and sometimes unequivocally wrong. They fail the field's own standards of validity and reliability. They ask intrusive questions. They produce descriptions of people that are nothing like human beings as they actually are: complicated, contradictory, changeable across time and place. The Cult Of Personality Testing documents, for the first time, the disturbing consequences of these tests. Children are being labeled in limiting ways. Businesses and the government are wasting hundreds of millions of dollars every year, only to make ill-informed decisions about hiring and firing. Job seekers are having their privacy invaded and their rights trampled, and our judicial system is being undermined by faulty evidence. Paul's eye-opening chronicle reveals the fascinating history behind a lucrative and largely unregulated business. Captivating, insightful, and sometimes shocking, The Cult Of Personality Testing offers an exhilarating trip into the human mind and heart.
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