Research Digest have five copies to give away of Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain by Professor Elaine Fox, kindly provided by William Heinemann.
For a chance to win a copy, please post a comment to their blog entry explaining why you’re optimistic about the future (please leave an email address). Research Digest will pick five winners at random next Friday.
Elaine recently took a book tour of her hometown Dublin. She was interviewed on The John Murray Show on RTE Radio and also appeared on The Ray Darcy Show on Today FM. Elaine also made a guest appearance on Ireland AM with Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney and was such a success that the local bookshops sold out of Rainy Brain Sunny Brain!
You can find further details of her radio and television interviews and watch Elaine’s appearance on Ireland AM in the Media section.
Actor and famous optimist Micheal J. Fox offers the following thoughts on Rainy Brain Sunny Brain. “Every day I send my kids out the door to school with this admonition, “you can choose to be happy.” More often than not, they roll their eyes, but in Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain Elaine Fox (no relation) offers a scientific argument for my contention. After much research, and in comprehensive, but comprehensible detail, Professor Fox provides a mental map to the sunny side of the street. For optimists and pessimists alike, this fascinating book is a must read, (and I’m not just saying that because I’m in it).”
In 2009, Elaine Fox flew to New York to take part in ABC TV programme ‘The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist’ with Micheal J. Fox to explore the nature of optimism and its transformative power.
As part of the programme Professor Fox was asked to test the actor, renowned for maintaining an optimistic outlook despite a long-term battle with Parkinson’s Disease, to see whether he had the so-called ‘happy gene’ identified by the research.
Professor Fox said: ‘It was fantastic to take part in the programme which attracted 10.6 million viewers and did indeed show that Michael had the variation of the gene which we have shown is linked to a tendency to look on the bright side of life. The interest from the media and the wider public in this work has been fantastic as I think it’s crucial to try to use these opportunities to communicate research as widely as possible.’
The Spanish version of Rainy Brain Sunny Brain, Una mente felix (A Happy Mind) was be released on 3rd May 2012. This was the first release of Elaine Fox’s new book of revealing insights into the science of pessimism and optimism and is available to order online now.
Further information about the book from Elaine’s spanish publisher is available to download here:
Author of ‘The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self’, Joseph LeDoux offers his thoughts on Professor Elaine Fox’s forthcoming book about the science of optimism and pessimism.
“Every experience you have, from the most trivial to the most significant, alters the brain. Elaine Fox offers scientifically based advice about how to make the most of this, how to be in charge of changing your brain for the better.”