A Better Brain: 16 Best Books to Understand How the Brain Works

The human mind is truly astonishing. It’s the center of the nervous system – the headquarters of our body – and it’s responsible for pretty much everything. It’s important to know how your lifestyle impacts your brain, and what positive changes you can make to promote a healthier future.

These books will help you to understand the way your mind works, how to gain control of your thoughts and actions, and how to combat diseases and disorders that affect your brain.

  • The cover of the book Calm Clarity

    Calm Clarity

    How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment, and Joy

    Most people don’t realize how much control we actually have over our thoughts, feelings, and actions. It’s easy to feel like it’s out of our jurisdiction, but in reality, fluctuations in our mood depend on the neural networks firing in our brains, so we have the power to consciously break hardwired thought patterns. In Calm Clarity, Due Quach, author of the viral Medium piece “Poor and Traumatized at Harvard,”  shares her easy-to-follow program to show readers how to deal with toxic stress and adversity.

  • The cover of the book The Performance Cortex

    The Performance Cortex

    How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius

    In this book, journalist and sports writer Zach Schonbrun set out on a mission to discover what actually drives human movement. He interviews neuroscientists and other experts on motor control to understand how the brain’s motor control system works in extraordinary talented athletes like Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, Serena Williams, and Lionel Messi. The Performance Cortex offers us a new way of thinking about athleticism, and is a must-read for the cerebral sports fan.

  • The cover of the book The Leading Brain

    The Leading Brain

    Neuroscience Hacks to Work Smarter, Better, Happier

    This revolutionary guide uses the most up-to-date research in brain science to reveal how our thoughts affect our career performance. Neuropsychologist Friederike Fabritius and leadership expert Dr. Hans W. Hagemann present easy-to-follow tips for sharpening focus, increasing retention, improving decision-making, and ultimately, thriving as a leader in the workplace. This book is ideal for anyone who feels stagnant in their career and wants to make simple changes that will provide extraordinary, life-changing results.

  • The cover of the book Brain Food

    Brain Food

    The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power

    We’ve all heard it many times before: You are what you eat. Well, what if you could eat food that boosted your brain power and health? Dr. Lisa Mosconi, an expert in neuroscience and nutrition, knows that our brains have very specific food requirements. Her innovative plan to improving brain health will help to improve memory, eliminate cognitive decline, and even help with depression. Including lists of what to eat and what to avoid, a quiz that determines your brain health, and 24 delicious recipes, Brain Food is the ultimate guide to a happy, healthy brain.

  • The cover of the book The Better Brain Solution

    The Better Brain Solution

    How to Start Now--at Any Age--to Reverse and Prevent Insulin Resistance of the Brain, Sharpen Cognitive Function, and Avoid Memory Loss

    Dr. Steven Masley’s The Better Brain Solution is the first book to explain how the brain can become insulin resistant overtime, leading to cognitive decline and memory loss. Masley’s research shows that diet and lifestyle are the main contributing factors to this insulin resistance, and in this book, he shares a program he’s developed to prevent and reverse this potentially devastating condition.

  • The cover of the book The Brain Warrior's Way

    The Brain Warrior's Way

    Ignite Your Energy and Focus, Attack Illness and Aging, Transform Pain into Purpose

    New York Times bestselling authors Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana Amen join forces to bring attention to the harmful, addictive practices that are destroying our bodies and our minds. Abuse of food and technology has driven much of the American population to lead unhealthy lives, riddled with disease. The Brain Warrior’s Way is the key to taking control of your health and taking back your life.

  • The cover of the book Faster Than Normal

    Faster Than Normal

    Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain

    Peter Shankman’s groundbreaking guide to ADHD showcases the positive side of having a fast-paced mind, and contains helpful advice for harnessing that extra energy. Shankman’s experience with ADHD is first-hand – his hyperforcus has allowed him to run several successful businesses, travel the world, explore his hobbies, and keep his family afloat. He’s here to help others like him learn how to eliminate distractions, complete goals, and finally see their differences in a positive light.

  • The cover of the book The Hacking of the American Mind

    The Hacking of the American Mind

    The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains

    It turns out the American mind isn’t such a happy place. Robert Lustig believes that our culture has been ravaged by addiction and depression, suffering irreparable damage. Neuromarketing has enabled corporate America to brainwash consumers (all of us consumers), creating an endless cycle of desire and consumption. In The Hacking of the American Mind, Lustig reveals why we enter this state of consciousness, and calls to the conversation the big-name corporations that helped create this mess and the members of government who allowed it to happen. But don’t worry too much – Lustig also offers solutions we can all use in our daily lives to pursue happiness.

  • The cover of the book Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games:

    Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games:

    Let’s face it – life can get really boring sometimes. Most of our daily activities rarely ever involve anything fun, and as a result, we dread doing them. But what if we redefined fun? In Play Anything, inventive game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost explains how we can transform our lives by changing our perspective on what’s “boring,” making everything more extraordinary.

  • The cover of the book Smarter Faster Better

    Smarter Faster Better

    The Transformative Power of Real Productivity

    As an expert on the science of productivity, Charles knows the secrets to speeding up innovation and creativity. As he discusses in this New York Times bestseller, Charles believes that productivity relies heavily on decision-making and managing how you think. One of the biggest faults in creative people is getting stuck on having the most original idea instead of focusing on new ways to combine ideas that already exist.

  • The cover of the book The Confidence Game

    The Confidence Game

    Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time

    In this captivating book, Maria Konnikova takes an in-depth look at the minds of con artists, and the people who fall for their tricks again and again. What do con artists have in common? How do they do what they do, and why are they successful? From multimillion-dollar Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds, Konnikova pulls together a selection of fascinating stories to answer these puzzling questions.

  • The cover of the book Wired to Create

    Wired to Create

    Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

    Creativity can be a powerful gift, if it’s used properly. Wired to Create unravels the creative mind by investigating the daily habits of creative people. Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire explore the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, and provide examples of artists and innovators throughout history, to explain the best ways for people to harness their creativity.

  • The cover of the book The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves

    The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves

    We all have voices in our head. (No, you’re not crazy.) We’ve all, at some point or another, asked ourselves a question, and also provided ourselves with an answer. We’ve imagined scenarios in our head, debated a decision to ourselves, and read books in different voices. These voices are unique and sometimes unpredictable – they can appear in different accents, and BE LOUD or soft. Charles Fernyhough argues in The Voices Within that these inner voices are crucial to human thought and must be embraced.
  • The cover of the book The End of Alzheimer's

    The End of Alzheimer's

    The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline

    This instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller is changing how we understand cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s Disease takes every single one of its victims – there are no survivors. Dale Bredesen, MD, offers a potential solution to this huge problem by outlining 36 metabolic factors (micronutrients, hormone levels, sleep) that can trigger “downsizing” in the brain. Bredesen argues that by balancing these factors, one could prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s.

  • The cover of the book The Cyber Effect

    The Cyber Effect

    An Expert in Cyberpsychology Explains How Technology Is Shaping Our Children, Our Behavior, and Our Values--and What We Can Do About It

    Mary Aiken, the world’s leading expert in forensic cyberpsychology, embarks on a journey to explore how the internet is shaping how we think and behave. It’s no secret that society’s values have changed drastically due to the constant presence of the internet in our daily lives. Aiken covers the impact of technology on children, teens, and our privacy, and explains how addictive behaviors can form online.

  • The cover of the book Micromastery


    Learn Small, Learn Fast, and Unlock Your Potential to Achieve Anything

    This illuminating book combines positive psychology, neuroscience, self-help to explain why we believe that at a certain age, we’re too old to learn new things. Robert Twigger offers a solution to this problem: think small. If you tackle small goals, you’ll be more likely to achieve success. Small, doable tasks offer a big payoff, and motivate us to keep learning and growing, with payoffs that include a boost in optimism, confidence, memory, cognitive skills, and more.