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Bestseller About Water Puts Readers in a Blue Mind

Have you ever experienced a sense of calm while watching waves lap a rocky shore? The scientific research to explain why water profoundly affects our psyche is presented in Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better At What You Do. On the New York Times bestsellers list this August, Blue Mind is the result of an interdisciplinary approach to science, promoted by marine biologist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols.

In 1996 Dr. Nichols led the research team that tracked a loggerhead turtle for a year as it swam 9,000 miles from Mexico to Japan. This was the first animal to be followed on its journey across an entire ocean. Dr. Nichols has also authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific papers, and his work has been covered by NPR, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, Scientific American, Outside Magazine, Fast Company, Tedx, and others.

In addition to his ecological research, Dr. Nichols encourages collaboration between businesses, governments, nonprofit organizations, and academia to explore the deeper connection to nature. He has succeeded in encouraging neuroscientists, for example, to study how proximity to large bodies of water affects our brains. In Blue Mind, Dr. Nichols presents research from multiple disciplines to remind us of our deep connection with water and the need to protect our planet's precious streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans.