It would take a lifetime of dedication to gather only a fraction of the direct experience that amazing scientists, researchers, athletes, and artists share with us through their work. It is because of them that we can take a step closer to a better understanding of our minds.

Here is a list of major works I recommend (* My Favorites) if you are looking to become a better learner, improve your memory, overcome mental and physical obstacles, or simply learn more about your mind.

Feel free to contact me if you want a more specific recommendation based on your goals, or if you want to have a discussion on any of this material including my personal work on learning and developing skills.


Learning and psychology

* Brown, Peter, Henry Roediger III, and Mark Mc Daniel. Make it Stick. The science of successful learning. United States: Beknap/Harvard. 2014

Novak, Joseph, and Bob Gowin. Learning how to learn. Cambridge: Cambridge university press, 2008.

* Doyle, Terry, and Todd Zakrajsek. The new science of learning: How to learn in harmony with your brain. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus, 2013.

Sousa, David. How the Brain Learns.4th Ed. N.P: Corwin, 2011. Kindle file

Knud, Illeris. Contemporary theories of learning: Learning theorists… in their own words. New York: Routledge, 2009. Kindle file.

Blakemore, Sarah-Jayne, and Uta Frith. The learning brain: Lessons for education. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.

Illeris, Knud. How we learn: Learning and non-learning in school and beyond. New York: Routledge, 2007. Kindle file.

Ambrose, Susan, Michael Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha Lovett, and Marie Normal. How learning works: 7 Research-based principles for smart teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Kindle file.

Dunlosky, John. Strengthening the student toolbox: Study strategies to boos learning. American Educator. Fall 2013.

* Dweck, Carol. Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Random House, 2006.

* Doidge, Norman. The brain that changes itself: Stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science. New York: Penguin, 2007.

Medina, John. Brain rules: 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school. N.P: Pear press, 2009.

* Hawkins, Jeff, and Sandra Blakeslee. On Intelligence: How a new understanding of the brain will lead to the creation of truly intelligent machines. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2004.

Treffert, Darold. Island of genius: The bountiful mind of the autistic, acquired, and sudden savant. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley, 2012. Kindle file.

* K. Anders Ericsson, Michael J. Prietula, and Edward T. Cokely. The Making of an Expert. Hardvard Business Review. July-August 2007 Issue

Evans, Dylan. Placebo. New York: Harper Collins, 2004.

Cialdini, Robert. Influence: The psychology of persuasion. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.

Myers, David. Exploring psychology. 6th Ed. United States: Worth, 2005.

* Fine, Cordelia. A mind of its own: How your brain distorts and deceives. New York: Norton, 2006

Heath, Chip, and Dan Heath. Made to stick: why some ideas survive and others die. New York: Random House, 2008.

Van Hecke, Madeleine. Blind spots: Why smart people do dumb things.  New York: Prometheus, 2007.

Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking fast and slow. Canada: Doubleday, 2011.

* Lemov, Doug, Erica Woolway, and Katie Yezzi. Practice Perfect. 42 Rules for getting Better at Getting Better. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012.

Sterner, Thomas. The practicing mind: Developing Focus and discipline in your life. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2012.

Ferris, Timothy. The 4-hour Chef: The simple path to cooking like a pro, learning anything, and living the good life. New York: New Harvest, 2012

* Coyle, Daniel. The little book of talent: 52 tips for improving your skills. New York: Bantam, 2012.

Kaufman, Josh. The first 20 hours: How to learn anything fast. New York: Penguin, 2013.

Dean, Jeremy. Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why we do things, why we don’t, and how to make any change stick. Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press, 2013

* Brown, Derren. Tricks of the mind. Great Britain: Channe 4 books, 2007.

* Campayo, Ramon. Aprende un idioma en 7 dias. Madrid: EDAF, 2006.

Eduards, Betty. Drawing on the right side of the brain: A course in enhancing creativity and artistic confidence. New York. Tarcher/Penguin, 2012.

Campayo, Ramon. Desarrolle una mente prodigiosa. Madrid: Edaf, 2004.

Buzan, Tony and Barry Buzan. The mind map book: Unlock your creativity, boost your memory, change your life. Great Britain: BBC, 2010

Buzan, Tony. The speed reading book: Read more, learn more, achieve more. Great Britain: BBC, 2010

Campayo, Ramon. Curso definitivo de lectura rapida metodo Ramon Campayo. Madrid: EDAF, 2009

Buzan, Tony. Use your head: How to unleash the power of your mind. Great Britain: BBC, 2010.

* Duhigg, Charles. The power of habit: Why we do what we do in life and business. Canada: Doubleday, 2012.

Baumeister, Roy and John Tierney. Willpower: Rediscovering the greatest human strength. New York, NY: Penguin, 2011



Yates, Frances. The art of memory. London, UK: Pimlico, 2010.

* Joer, Joshua. Moonwalking with Einstein: The art and science of remembering everything. New York: Penguin, 2011.

Schacter, Daniel. The seven sins of memory: How the mind forgets and remembers. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2002

Buzan, Tony. The memory book: How to remember anything you want. Great Britan: BBC, 2010.

Spence, Jonathan. The memory palace of Matteo Ricci. New York: Penguin, 1984.

Higbee, Kenneth. Your memory: How it works & how to improve it. N.P: Da Capo Press, 2001.

Lorayne, Harry. How to develop a super power memory. Hollywood, FL: Fell, 1990

O’Brian, Dominic. How to develop a perfect memory. Great Britain: Pavilion, 1993.


Sport Psychology, Optimal Performance, and Personal development

* Greene, Robert. Mastery. New York: Viking, 2012.

* Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Flow: The psychology of optimal experience. New York: Harper Perennial, 2008.

* Coyle, Daniel. The talent code: Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown. Here’s how. New York: Bantam Dell, 2009.

* Syed, Matthew. Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the science of success. N.P: HarperCollins, 2010. Kindle file.

Waitzkin, Josh. The art of learning: An inner journey to optimal performance. New York: Free Press, 2007.

Leonard, George. Mastery: The keys to success and long-term fulfilment.New York: Penguin, 1992.

Afremow, Jim. The champion’s mind: How great athletes think, train, and thrive. N.P: Rodale, 2014. Kindle file.

Verstegen, Mark. Every day is game day: The proven system of elite performance to will all day, every day. New York: Penguin, 2014. Kindle file

Waitley, Denis. The psychology of winning: Ten qualities of a total winner. New York: Penguin, 1979.

Greene, Robert. The 50th law. New York: HarperCollins, 2009.

Holiday, Ryan. The obstacle is the way. The timeless art of turning trials into triumph. New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2014.

* Heath, Chip, and Dan Heath. Switch: how to change things when change is hard. New York: Random House, 2010.

Leumes, Arnold. Sport psychology: a practical guide. UK: Icon Books, 2011. Kindle file.

Mack, Gary, and David Casstevens. Mind Gym: An Athlete’s guide to inner excellence. N.P: McGraw-Hill, 2001. Kindle file.

* Andreas, Steve, and Charles Faulkner. NLP: the new technology of achievement. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.

Mcguinness, Mark. Resilience: Facing down rejection & criticism on the road to success. N.P: Lateral Action, 2012. Kindle file.

McKenna, Paul. I can make you confident: The power to go for anything you want! New York: Sterling, 2007.

Brown, Jeff, Mark Fenske, and Liz Neporent. The winner’s Brain: 8 Strategies Great minds use to achieve success. N.P: Da Capo Press, 2010. Kindle file.

Stutz, Phil, and Barry Michels. The tools: Transform your problems into courage, confidence, and creativity. New York: Spiegel &Grau, 2012.

Phelps, Michael, and Alan Abrahamson. No Limits: The will to succeed. N.P: Free Press, 2008. Kindle File.

Pushing to the front. United States: Celebrity Press, 2011

Maltz, Maxwell. The new psycho-cybernetics. New York: Prentice Hall, 2002.

* Jordan, Michael. I can’t accept not trying. San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins, 1994.

Selk, Jason. 10-minute toughness: The mental-training program for winning before the game begins. N.P: McGraw-Hill, 2009. Kindle file.

O’Connor, Joseph, and John Seymour. Introducing NLP: Psychological skills for understanding and influencing people. Hammersmith, London: HarperElement, 2002.

Martin, Paul. Counting Sheep: The science and pleasures of sleep and dreams. Hammersmith, London: Flamingo, 2003

King, Serge. Mastering your hidden self. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2008.

Pressfield, Steven. The war of art: Break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles. New York, NY: Black Irish Entertainment LLC, 2002

Hales, Dianne. An invitation to Health. 12th Ed. Thomson Wadsworth, 2007

McKenna, Paul. Change your life in 7 days. Great Britain: Bantam, 2010.

Rubin, Gretchen . Better than before: Mastering the habits of our everyday lives. Canada: Doubleday, 2015.

Hof, Wim, and Justin Rosales. Becoming the Iceman: Pushing past perceived limits. Minneapolis, MN: Mill City, 2012.

Wiseman, Richard. :50 seconds: Think a little, change a lot. London, UK: Pan Books, 2010.

Grover, Tim. Relentless: From good to great to unstoppable. New York, NY: Scribner, 2013

Currey, Mason. Daily rituals: How artists work. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.

Lobenstine, Margaret. The Renaissance soul: How to make your passions your life. New York, The Experiement, 2013.

Kotler, Steven. The rise of Superman: Decoding the science of ultimate human performance. New York, New Harvest, 2014.


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