Told with poignant and insightful stories of victims, survivors and researchers and made understandable.
Worth the read.
Fantastic insight into my own head and its ability to learn. This book changed the way I think for the better and I couldn't ask for a better way to spend my audible credits
Clear and easy to understand. Makes understanding how are brains work easy. We are what we think we are!
This book contains so much information and ideas of why people do what they do. It challenges long held ideas regarding the changing brain. I will listen again.
I use audiobooks for my work commute and found this book quite interesting. The topics is engaging enough to hold my attention and allow me to drive. The reader performed well enough to allow me to understand the reading while I drive.
The topic is interesting enough that I look forward to listening to it again.
No. I already knew it was possible to learn. It was nice to know that the brain has considerable plasticity.
Reducing 'love' to neurotransmitters was not very interesting. His tirade against porn was victorian, and his endless lecture that S+M was a perversion was ill-informed and puritanical.
The book gave me an overview of how the human brain functions and allowed me to think about and explore my own mind and thoughts.
There are several memorable moments in the book. The key one was, I have always been sympathetic to animals, the Silver Springs Monkeys should have been kept in way better conditions but I this book did make me see why testing on animals was unavoidable for the scientists in question. I wouldn't encourage it but there may be a need for it. However, animals should be treated with respect and kept in much better conditions if they have to be used for testing.
Yes, but it is a bit long for that. It did make me want to come back quickly and repeatedly though.
After reading other titles where the scientific studies are cherry-picked and reinterpreted by the writer to fit his intended message, I was pleasantly surprised to listen to a title where inspiring accounts and the mini-biographies all have a scientific focus.
The performance tone is a too monotonous.
I love learning and found audible the best way to learn while driving. I love that amazement when books I listen to challenges my beliefs.
I loved book. As someone being pretty new to how brain works I found the book very educational and influential. I felt same excitement when I was learning about universe years back and then about relativity. Brain is big black box with lots of surprises and this book uncovers some of them.
The book attracted me after watching the movie "Lucy". The overall behaviour of our brain is discussed in this book as it reflects in the everyday routine with the billions of connections between neurons. The artistic children can become normal after having a proper exercises. The skills of individuals can be better achieved in re-designing the thoughts by starting over the habits by the thoughts and experiences can rewire and change the structure of our brains. I liked the way author explained about brain behaviours with the emotions and habits from our infant stage. The sexual plasticity explanation was good and the habit of love making changed every century with culture. The best part is when the body part is hurt and the brain sends a pain signal to avoid hurting further to heal faster. The imagination and illusion creation made me more eager to listen closer but the information was limited. I loved the phrase by an indian scientist about our thoughts in a meeting by thinking in an opposite direction rather than polishing the same minds. I felt the author could instruct a few exercises to improvise our brain efficiency in a general way (not related to our habits). History and backgrounds about the doctors could be avoided to make the book crisper. Overall this is one of the best books I read. Cheers!!!