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Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment


reviewed by Dick Schutz 2006

coverTitle: Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment
Author(s): Gregory Berns
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks (Henry Holt and Company, Inc.), New York
ISBN: 080507600X, Pages: 284, Year: 2005
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With a title like that you’d expect a book of wacko New Age fluff.  Surprise!  The book is about exactly what the title says it’s about, and it’s a very satisfying read.  Berns (Ph.D., University of California-Davis, and M.D., University of California-San Diego) is Associate Professor in both the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech.  His own research uses Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) techniques to uncover the neural basis for many different types of human interaction and decision making.  His impressive output of journal articles can be accessed in PDF format at http://www.ccnl.emory.edu/greg, but Berns does not drag the reader through the gory technical details of these studies.  On the contrary, he writes conversationally, footnoting the neurobiology, but managing to communicate its import and implications using everyday street talk.  A very good trick... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1666-1668
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12212, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:42:20 PM

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  • Dick Schutz
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    DICK SCHUTZ is President of 3RsPlus, Inc. a firm conducting R&D and constructing educational products.He was formerly Professor of Educational Psychology at Arizona State University and Executive Director of the Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development. He has served as the founding editor of the Journal of Educational Measurement, the founding journal editor of the Educational Researcher, and editor of the American Educational Research Journal.
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