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.
I am a goldsmith & jewellery designer from South Africa and an avid reader of SF&F, science, psychology, philosophy and classics.
Excellent. Somewhere way at the top. Don Hagen sounds like he reads the whole book with a smirk on his face and I found the information most valuable since I had little to no knowledge of many of the topics.
No, not yet, but I would want to.
Knowledge of some of these topics might actually save your life.
I think someone who has a more formal education in social sciences might not enjoy it as much. But since I am just an interested layman, I really found it useful.
Committed to making a difference in the moment.
The realisation that I'm not that smart. Wonderful rememberable stories and baritones to help illustrate the point and make it stick.
This is an intriguing book, but the choice of reader is completely off-base.
The voice of the author is a youthful one; one that inserts silly and somewhat snarky remarks here and there. The reader, however, delivers everything in a flat, humorless monotone. The humor and wit of the book are, as a result, lost.