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!!!
A good listen for those interested in how the brain works, how we learn, how we adapt. The premise is that science has proven that our brains can be reprogrammed and rewired at virtually all levels including physical connections to motor functions and our senses. The book covers the history of brain research over the centuries and delves into key social mores that are impacted by technology and the new media (Internet, computers, TV, etc). Doige offers a compelling and relevant thesis for helping the individual to cope in today's fast pace and techno-crazy society.
This publication has so much useful knowledge that anyone with a brain should know about how we are who we are. Exceptionally presentation of decades, if not centuries of medical learnings diluted only just mildly enough for adequate laymen digestion.
Side note: some learnings are the fruit of tests on animals which are graphically relayed. Be warned. Definitely not for everyone.
Incredible, wonderful and easy-to-follow :D
All of the experiences narrated come from real people around the world that struggle and live, first-handedly, what is like to change the brain circuits and the direct consequences that are physical, visible to them and the ones around them. They together are very touching, ellusive and are, all of them, memorable.
Flawless, clear and high quality. Good inflexions that added just the right feel or technicality, on the appropriate moments.
Some of the tales of people overcoming their disabilities, in hopeless moments, almost made me cry, I have to confess...
Recommended for everyone who is interested in brain science. Great to know what our brains are capable of.