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Michael

Nascent researcher.

North Attleboro, MA, United States

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  • The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Drew Westen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In politics, when reason and emotion collide, emotion invariably wins. In this landmark book, scientist and psychologist Drew Westen shows how electorates vote not with their heads but with their hearts, and how the marketplace that matters most is the marketplace of emotion - filled with values, images, analogies, moral sentiments, and moving oratory.

    Michael says: "Informative yet flawed"
    "Interdisciplinary Concepts and Applications"
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    Would you listen to The Political Brain again? Why?

    It's not overly technical and the bulk of the material is sufficiently grounded in examples, interpretations and applications of concepts that listening to it again would be an interesting refresher.


    What other book might you compare The Political Brain to and why?

    I'd compare it to The Political Mind. Both are essentially a confluence of cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience in view of explaining and informing political thought. They both go to improving individuals literacy for what's up with regards to both politicians and the other side, whichever that may be.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Heald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard Anthony Head's other performances, but he did great. I'd comment, however, that he did pronounce Stephen Colbert's last name as Kholberg and amygdala as aw-mig-daw-la. Otherwise, he was perfectly listenable-to for the tracks' entire 16+ hour run.


    If you could give The Political Brain a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I'd give it a subtitle of,


    Any additional comments?

    The book occasionally gets a little heavy on the author's personal recommendations in such a way as to give impression that he's shooting for consultancy work, but he keep these parts grounded, practical and wholly explanatory so they're still useful.

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