About this book
Mind Over Money
The Psychology of Cash and How to Use It Better
On a summer evening in 1994, the two members of the band KLF burned £1 million in £50 notes in a barn on the Isle of Jura. They filmed themselves tossing the bills into the fire, and made the story public. The reaction amazed them: this act of nihilism caused a public outpouring of rage. They received death threats. And yet, if the band members had squandered their wealth away on designer clothes and sports cars, would anyone have cared?
We constantly make assumptions about money. We confuse it with morality. We know we need it, and we tend to want more of it, but what we do not always appreciate are the ways it affects our minds, and emotions, and can even skew our perceptions.
Mind Over Money is about what money does to us. In delightfully accessible language, Hammond explores the power of money and shows how psychology and neuroscience are providing us with some extraordinary tools for making better decisions about the way we use money.
About the Author
Claudia Hammond is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and psychology lecturer. She is the author of three books: Emotional Rollercoaster: A Journey through the Science of Feelings, Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception, and most recently Mind over Money: The Psychology of Money and How To Use it Better. She is the host of All in the Mind on BBC Radio 4, Health Check on BBC World Service, and a columnist for BBC Future. Claudia is on the part-time faculty at Boston University's London base where she lectures in health and social psychology. She has just completed a 22 month residency at the Wellcome Collection as Associate Director of Hubbub, an interdisciplinary project on the topic of rest. Awards include the Popular Science Book Award from the British Psychological Society and the Aeon Transmission Prize for Time Warped; the Mind Media Award for Radio; the Public Understanding of Neuroscience Award from the British Neuroscience Association; the Public Engagement and Media Award from the British Psychological Society; and the Media Achievement Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in the U.S.