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A book review of Thinking: a Memoir by Richard E. Nisbett

A book review of Thinking: a Memoir by Richard E. Nisbett

Stars: ***

Agora Books (2021)
219 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Both an intellectual autobiography and a personal history. It describes how people reason and make inferences about the world, how people should reason and make those inferences, why errors in reasoning occur, how much you can improve reasoning, what kinds of problems are best solved by the conscious mind and what kinds by the unconscious mind, and how we should think about intelligence in light of answers to such questions.

Thinking: a Memoir

Thinking is part memoir and part psychology book. This is because the author is a social psychologist. So psychology is his life. He goes back and forth between personal stories and explaining studies or research he conducted. So you get to learn a little about social psychology and find out about his life.

I found the book interesting although I did get lost a few times. Most of the times though it’s wasn’t overly complicated which I appreciate. The author moves around a lot in his life time. As such the chapters are labelled by the places he lived: El Paso, New York, Ann Arbor and more.

I especially found the research on obesity interesting since I struggle with my weight. His research suggests that once you are obese, your body tries to keep up it’s current weight. Your brain/body makes you more likely to eat yummy food even if you aren’t hungry. Which makes it harder to lose weight.

If you are interested in psychology, you will definitely enjoy this memoir.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.