Mindsight, Daniel Siegel — True stories of real profound changes and healing. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, Louis Cozolino — in my opinion, probably the best book for coaches out there, although he focuses on therapists
Coaching with the Brain in Mind, David Rock and Linda Paige — I use this for reference. It’s very detailed and complex and perhaps not an easy cover to cover read, but I find it very helpful for looking things up.
The Brain that Changes Itself, Norman Doidge — wonderful true stories of “neuroplasticity” and astonishing ways the brain can find new ways to do things.
Incognito, David Eagleman — also an easy to read book, lots of true stories about how we know what we know.
My Stroke of Insight, Jill Bolte Taylor — a wonderful book about right brain/left brain, written by a neuroscientist who had a stroke. Also see her amazing TED talk.
The Art of Changing the Brain, James Zull — this may be the best book on learning and the brain for educators.
Your Brain at Work, David Rock — good for leaders, very business focused.
The Buddha’s Brain, Rick Hanson with Richard Mendius — a great introductory book on the brain that weaves in mindfulness and Buddhist wisdom and includes practical tools for personal development.
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Gabor Mate — fabulous work on the neuroscience of addiction.
The Master and His Emissary, Iain McGilchrist — amazing, powerful work on the right and left brain. The RSA video is also fantastic and only 11 minutes or so.
Scientific American Mind and Psychology Today
How Emotions Are Made, Lisa Feldman Barrett. Mind-blowing research on our emotional life. One of the most important books of the decade.