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The Stress Test


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From one of the world’s most respected neuroscientists, a revelatory study of how and why we react to pressure in the way we do and how to find your sweet spot

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A neuroscientist and trained clinical psychologist, Ian Robertson is an international expert on neuropsychology. Currently Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, and formerly Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge, he holds visiting professorships at the University of Toronto, University College London and the University of Wales. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and has published over 250 scientific articles in leading journals. He is also author and editor of ten scientific books and three books for the general reader, most recently, The Winner Effect. He is a regular keynote speaker at conferences on brain function throughout the world.


You can change, and here’s the proof. This compelling examination of a scientific revolution helps us understand how we can learn to harness stress
*Oliver James*

The Stress Test is a toolbox for people like us, with all the rewards of a good novel
*DBC Pierre*

A cutting edge neuroscientist ... who also has the ability to step back and explore the big picture
*Norman Doidge, author of 'The Brain that Changes Itself'*

An engaging tour of psychology, brain science and personal narrative
*Elaine Fox, author of 'Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain'*

Robertson argues convincingly that the sensation of control or helplessness is crucial: it shapes the brain
*Daily Mail*

Writing from the heart of the quest to discover what makes us tick, Ian Robertson shows that stress can be good and throws up a toolbox of widgets for the mind. This is big science that you can try out on yourself

Mind blowing

An intriguing overview of important developments in brain research
*Kirkus Reviews*

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