About Smart Thinking

An Austin American-Statesman Bestseller in Nonfiction.

Every once in a while, you find a book that combines leading edge science with news you can use. Our friend and colleague Art Markman has written just such a book. As one of the world’s most respected voices in the field of cognitive science, he has spent the last 20 years as a university professor writing papers for scientific journals and advancing what cognitive science knows about thinking. But, he has also spent time outside of the lab working on real problems. He works with companies to give their employees new ways to think. He even contributed some psychology background to two of the YOU books.

In Smart Thinking, Art has taken his command of cognitive science from his own research and from his experience as a journal editor and boiled the discipline down to its essence. He has isolated a formula for thinking more effectively. But, he doesn’t just report the research, he gives it to you in a highly actionable form. The book is filled with specific suggestions and tips that you can use to create new habits to think better starting literally from Chapter 1.

---Craig B. Wynett, Chief Learning Officer at Procter & Gamble, and Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, Professor of Surgery, Author, and Emmy Award-winning host.  From the Foreword to Smart Thinking

Art Markman's "Smart Thinking" has risen to the top of local bestseller lists recently, in part because it's a savvy, practical self-help book.

--Austin American-Statesman

Mr Markman's book is a good read, and while the content may have been explored before by others, he presents it in an accessible and fresh way. Whether it can, as promised, teach you to "get the edge", will be entirely up to you.

--Irish Independent

This book draws on two impressive strengths: an examination of 50 years of interdisciplinary studies, including but going beyond cognitive science, and Dr. Markman’s deep expertise in developing and teaching the skills associated with innovation.
This book would be a great addition to your library; it will be the gift I give every college graduate, to friends who are beginning a new career, or to those of any age who feel stuck and unable to be as creative as they believe themselves to be.

--Psychcentral (reviewed by Lori Handelman)

I could go on, but then, the book is an easy read, though rewards re-reading. Unlike many of these “Think yourself smarter” books, this one has lots of good advice, and feels like it relies on primary sources more than secondary. In fact, I bet I end up reading a lot of what is in this book, taken out of context by “Think yourself successful” gurus. Save time, read it here, at the source.

Smart Thinking teaches people how their minds work so they can be more  effective performers at work and at life. An essential read for anyone who wants to operate at their best, think outside the box, and  accomplish whatever goals they set out to achieve.

---Sian Beilock, Phd, Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago, and author of Choke: What The Secrets Of The Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To

Smart Thinking not only enriches the literature on human thought--and its foibles--it takes it to the next level, offering clear prescriptions for how to sharpen memory, analysis and creativity in our daily lives.
---Wray Herbert, author of On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits
If you want to be more creative, if you want to be an innovator, this is the book for you. Creativity doesn't fall out of the sky. It favors the prepared mind. This book prepares your mind.
---Hara Estroff Marano, Editor at-Large for Psychology Today and author of  A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting

Why does thinking quickly create a positive mood?  Are goals contagious? How do you create a culture of smart thinking? Building on decades of research in cognitive psychology and replete with stories and practical tools, Markman answers these questions and in doing so teaches you how to learn.  Once finished, you'll feel smarter.  Consider Smart Thinking an owner's manual to the mind.
---Jennifer Aaker, Professor of Marketing at Stanford University and Author of The Dragonfly Effect:  Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change

This should be required reading for any student coming to college, new employee starting a career, or anyone who wants to be more thoughtful in life. Part "how-to" and part good science, this is a fun book to read. When you're finished, you will have a better understanding of how toilets flush, why proverbs are helpful, and why multitasking is evil.

---James Pennebaker, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and author of The Secret Life of Pronouns 

Art Markman has written a brilliant, engaging book on a subject of paramount importance in every person's life - how to think effectively. After all, what skill is more valuable than being able to learn, reason, and solve problems to the best of your ability? What could give you a bigger advantage in the workplace or in your personal life? In clear, concise (and often quite funny) chapters that offer insight as well as practical guidance, Markman translates the science into plain English, showing us how we can learn more effectively and help others do the same. He describes how we reason and solve problems, and identifies ways to compensate for the biases in our thinking that can hamper our efforts. Markman points out that mental habits are the key to smart thinking, and teaches us how to form the habits we need to make the most of our potential. Smart Thinking is that rarest of books - a pleasure to read, and truly useful to boot.

---Heidi Grant Halvorson, author of Succeed: How we can reach our goals

Author Art Markman’s approach to the production of this “manual to improving thinking” is highly readable throughout, succinct and careful not to be too jargon filled. The author has provided a good example of smart thinking in the way he has laid out his book. With chapter summaries, critical concepts highlighted, and thoughtful and thought-provoking exercises to do as you read, the book could be described as smart in its presentation. 

--Jakarta Globe

This is a fascinating book for those who want to think about and remember more useful information. It combines some common-sense advice with the author’s experience in the field of cognitive science. 

-- PsychCentral