Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain
Lisa Feldman Barrett
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From the publisher
'"I thought it might be fun for people to be able to a read a neuroscience book on the beach," Barrett explains. But be warned: you may find your world turned upside down before it is time for cocktails.' - Guardian
'Each lesson will enlighten and unsettle you. It's like lifting up the hood of a car to see an engine, except that the car is you and you find an engine that doesn't work at all like you thought it did.' - GQ
In seven short chapters (plus a brief history of how brains evolved), this slim, entertaining, and accessible collection reveals mind-expanding lessons from the front lines of neuroscience research. You'll learn where brains came from, how they're structured (and why it matters), and how yours works in tandem with other brains to create everything you experience. Along the way, you'll also learn to dismiss popular myths such as the idea of a 'lizard brain' and the alleged battle between thoughts and emotions, or even between nature and nurture, to determine your behaviour.
Sure to intrigue casual readers and scientific veterans alike, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain is full of surprises, humour, and important implications for human - a gift of a book about our mot complex and crucial organ that you will want to savour again and again.