Welcome to your Brain

Welcome to your Brain

Why You Lose your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life

eBook - 2008
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We use our brains at practically every moment of our lives, and yet few of us have the first idea how they work. Much of what we think we know comes from folklore: that we only use 10 percent of our brain, or that drinking kills brain cells. These and other myths are wrong, as shown by neuroscientists who have spent decades studying this complex organ. However, most of what they have learned is not known to the world outside their laboratories. Here, the authors dispel common myths about the brain and provide a comprehensive, useful overview of how it really works. You'll discover how to cope with jet lag, how your brain affects your religion, and how men's and women's brains differ. With accessible prose decorated by charts, trivia, quizzes, and illustrations, this book is suitable for quick reference or extended reading.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, c2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596917064
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xx, 220 p.) : ill
Additional Contributors: Wang, Sam 1967-
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i beg to differ the point made in the librarian blurb that it is only folklore which teaches that alcohol destroys brain cells. alcohol is a poison. poison destroys.

Oct 20, 2018

This book covers a lot of different topics related to neuroscience and psychology. These topics are broadly covered and provides a good quick survey of the field. In some cases, the authors provide personal testimony for some of these topics. The writing is structured but, in each chapter there are a number of sidebars which are actually arranged linearly with the main text. This arrangement is distracting. I would recommend just reading the main text and then coming back to the side bars. The side bars are generally more detailed and ultimately the most interesting parts of the chapter.

I particularly enjoyed the quiz. This provided a great dinner topic for conversation with my 14 year old.

Dec 17, 2013

Excellent book. I learned a lot about human nature. Most of it is written without jargon and in easy-to-understand terms. I can't wait to read it again to let it all sink in!


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