Books for the Curious - Resources for further exploration

Most of the books on this list are not directly about the Alexander Technique.  Instead, they present information about discoveries in the many fields that will help you to deepen your understanding of how humans learn and function. Enjoy.    

Bolles, Edmund Blair.  A Second Way of Knowing: the Riddle of Human Perception (1991)

Clark, Andy. Surfing Uncertanty: Prediction, Action and the Embodied Mind (2016)

Cohen, Rajal. DebauchedKinesthesia andFaulty Sensory Appreciation   

Colapinto, John.  This is the Voice.  (2021)  Also an audio book    

Damasio, Antonio.  Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain (2003); Descartes Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain (1994) 

DeSilva, Jeremy.  First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human.  (2021) 

Dewey, John.  Human Nature and Conduct (1922, 1950) 

Diamond, Jared.  Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (1997) 

Duhigg, Charles.  The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Live and Business (2012)

Elliott, Clark.  The Ghost in my Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get it Back (2015).

Evans, J.A.  Frederick Matthias Alexander: A Family History (2001) 

Falk, Seb.  The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science (2020) 

Freeman, Brian, Ph.D. Human Embryology from a Biodynamic Perspective. 12 Lecture series
on 6 DVDs (2010) available from (US/Canada format, NTSC) or (UK/PAL format)

Gopnik, Alison. The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind (2001) 

Graeber, David and David Wengrow.  The Dawn of Everything:  a New History of Humanity (2021)

Grafton, Scott.  Physical Intelligence: the Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life (2020) 

Hawkins, Jeff.  A Thousand Brains: a New Theory of Intelligence (2021) 

Johnson, Mark:  The Body in the Mind: the Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination and Reason (1987) 

Jones, Frank Pierce.  Freedom to Change (1976, 1996) 

Lieberman, Matthew.  “The Mind-Body Illusion: Why There is no Escaping It.”  The Mind-Body Illusion

Lakoff, George and Mark Johnson.  Metaphors We Live By (1980) 

LeDoux, Joseph.  The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life.  (1996) 

Maisel, Ed.  Resurrection of the Body (1969) 

McLeod, Rosslyn.  Up From Down Under: the Australian Origins of Frederick Matthias Alexander and the Alexander Technique (1994, 1995, 2017) 

Mercier, Hugo and Dan Sperber. The Enigma of Reason, (2017)

Milkman, Katy.  How to Change: the Science of Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be (2021)

Mithen, Steven. The Prehistory of the MindThe Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science.  (1996) 

Nestor, James.  Breath: the New Science of a Lost Art (2020) 

O’Connor, M.R. Wayfinding: the Science and History of how Humans Navigate (2019) 

Paul, Annie Murphy. The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside of the Brain. (2021)

Prat, Chantel. The Neuroscience of You: How Every Brain is Different and How to Understand Yours (2022)

Proffitt, Dennis and Drake Baer.  Perception: How Our Bodies Shape Our Minds (2020) 

Scott, James C.  Against the Grain: a Deep History of the Earliest States (2017) 

Seth, Anil. Being You: A New Science of Consciousness (2021)

Solms, Mark.  The Hidden Spring: A Journey to the Source of Consciousness (2021) van der Kolk, Bessel A. The Body Keeps the Score.  2014 

van der Kolk, Bessel A. The Body Keeps the Score. (2014)

Vedantam, Shankar.  The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives (2010) (Also a podcast) 

Vernikos, Joan, Ph.D.  Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Simple Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness and Early Death—and Exercise Alone Won’t (2011) 

Ward, Jacob. Loop: How Technology is Creating a World Without Our Choices and How to
Fight Back

Wood, Wendy.  Good Habits, Bad Habits: the Science of Making Positive Changes that Stick (2019, 2020) 

Wright,Robert. Moral Animal:  Why We are the Way We Are: the New Science of Evolutionary Psychology (1994) 

rev. June 2022