A different narrator. Don Hagan almost put me to sleep with his lackluster voice. As far as the content, I found some of the information enlightening. But after about 45 minutes of listening, I couldn't go any further and will not finish the audiobook. It was a waste of my money. Sorry...
Dick Hill would have been much better!
I love learning, teaching, and exploring!
I enjoyed listening to this book. It was fun hearing about the many ways our memories fail us and the studies that support these findings. There were 40+ different psychological effects. Each started with a misconception about how we perceive our memories and the world, followed by the reality. Then the author went into detail about the scientific studies and findings. I liked this format of organization, although in some examples I was hoping for more detail.
One small organizational suggestion would be to group similar effects into categories. I'm having a hard time recalling all 40+ effects, although I can recall the general scope of the book. I think categories would have made the information easier to record and recall.
Overall, it was a fun listen! The narrator sounded familiar even though I don't think I've listened to him before. It was well done.
I loved this book. McRaney has covered some very useful areas of recent research on the brain and how it can make "us" feel like we are in control, when in fact we are highly pre-disposed to certain kinds of behavior and thought processes. It is often very amusing and certainly never dull. I find myself often referring to it in conversations because it provides so many good illustrations of the way in which our perception/thinking is flawed and/or foretold by our evolutionary development. I can't wait for his next book.
A book that summarizes a great deal of recent research into how we think. It points out the shortcuts our brain takes in perception and memory.
The examples it gives do make you question yourself and some of your own actions... but that is a good thing (right??).
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
Some of the material I had heard before, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of this informative book. It was a very entertaining read with quite a bit of humor. I came away from it throwing my hands up and realizing that all my opinions, likes, and beliefs are pure bunk! I truly must be an idiot, yes indeed. Lots of food for thought here.
Don Hagen did a very nice narration.
All in all, a highly recommended read!
The only bad reviews that I have read about this book are from expert psychologists, who say that its author discusses nothing original but instead rehashes other researcher's ideas.
But so what? I enjoy the audio book, anyway. It is easy listening that entertains while providing an overview of cognitive psychology. It sustained my interest for enough hours that I got my money's worth.
Retired with a passion for nonfiction. To find out how my views compare or diverge with respect to what's known.
The moment he informed the CIA fellows what might happen to them if they persisted in tailing him. I like his straight forward style.
So unless you really want to take a hard look at what makes us all "tick", and would prefer to see the world through the same lens you've always used, don't buy this book. If, however, you'd like some fresh insights on how you form opinions, make decisions, and develop ideas, this is the book for you! I enjoyed it cover to cover. Uniquely insightful! Entertaining to boot! 2 Thumbs Up!
Psychology and Biology nerd. Chemistry enthusiast. Fan of good research-based science books, comedies and crime.
I really enjoyed this audio program. The narrator has a great voice for presenting this sort of material. The studies presented are from a wide range of areas in psychology but are all classics in their fields. While I was familiar with much of this material, I still found it a useful refresher with interesting angles.
Todd W. Brown
It takes a little getting used to as the studies are listed and the myths about your normal thought process are systematically dismantled. And I imagine a lot of people are going to become a bit uncomfortable hearing some of the things that we do in our heads all the time, everyday, but this can really be a great book to launch a change in cognitive thought.
I already have a few areas that I am trying to really focus on right now, and I will likely return to this book over the next year or two as I try to self-improve how I approach things in life that I often come at with my biased lens and misconceptions.