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Your Brain Is Playing Tricks on You (Votre cerveau vous joue des tours)

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Original Language: French | 260 pp. | April 2019

2 Seas Represents: World Excl. French Rights.

Rights Sold: Korea (Hanbit Biz), Germany (Goldmann/PRH Germany, at auction), Czech Republic (Albatros Media/Kniha Zlin, at auction)

Over 10,000 copies sold

PSYCHOLOGY

A particularly well-documented book, Albert Moukheiber provides the tools to everyone in order to develop a spirit that is both critical and qualified. A tool necessary for the exercise of a lucid citizenship. – Les Echos

Albert Moukheiber demystifies neuroscience without losing its complexity. – RCF

« Your Brain Is Playing Tricks on You » is a great little manual that helps us to know better ourselves and have strong doubts .- Mais où va le Web ?

Sometimes it’s very serious, sometimes ludic and always accessible. We learn a lot about ourselves and our brain by reading this book. – Nicolas Carreau – Le tour de table culturel, Europe 1

« Your Brain Is Playing Tricks on You » is the result of years of research, reflection and experience in the human brain, with its factors, mechanisms and biases. And what’s more, “science popularization in French literature is sparse at the moment,” says Albert Moukheiber. This goal has now been achieved. – L’Orient, Le Jour

A passionate and troublesome book. A complete and complex work for the general reader. — RTBF

A book full of examples on how our brain can play tricks on us. — RFI

A scientific, pedagogical and accessible book. — DH Radio

Why are we often convinced that we’re right even when we’re wrong? Why are we jealous, or paranoid, even when we have absolutely no reason to be? Why is it so easy for fake news to spread around the globe and fool us?

It’s because we don’t see the world as it is, rather we reconstruct it in our mind. Reality is way too complex and multiple to be apprehended by our capacities of attention, which are quite limited, as well as our brain abilities. That is why our perception of the world is subjective and various elements influence the way we acquire knowledge and form opinions. Our brain is recreating the world in its own way – most of the time for our own good: how hard would it be if, before making a choice, we had to know about all the options available in that given situation? It would take us forever to choose an item of clothing in a store, or a meal in a restaurant! Luckily, our brain can estimate: even if it makes us imperfect, and subject to illusion, delusion, even error, it allows us to reconstruct the world as we know it, and live in it.

However, these very useful mechanisms can sometimes mislead us and have a rather negative impact on our actions, beliefs and opinions: when our brain behaves that way, we say it is biased. Albert Moukheiber gives us tips and tricks to fight against these cognitive biases – the first one being not to trust ourselves too much and to always doubt our thinking processes, especially in this era where social networks spread information like an epidemic.

In this book, filled with multiple examples from our daily lives and psycho-social experiments, Moukheiber explores the building blocks of our perception, cognition and behaviour, which are involved in acquiring knowledge or forming opinions. He does so while maintaining a didactic approach that makes the book easily accessible to all.

Dr. Albert Moukheiber, 36, is a neuroscientist and clinical psychologist. He has worked for 10 years in the psychiatry department at the Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris, focusing mainly on anxiety disorders and resilience. He now works as a clinician at his practice and teaches at the University in the clinical psychology department. He has also founded Chiasma, a structure that is interested in how our brain reconstructs reality to confirm our prior beliefs and how to promote mental flexibility.