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  • Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Brilliantly exploring today's cutting edge brain research, Mind Wide Open allows readers to understand themselves and the people in their lives as never before. Using a mix of experiential reportage, personal storytelling, and fresh scientific discovery, Steven Johnson describes how the brain works and how its systems connect to the day-to-day realities of individual lives.

    Chris says: "Fascinating, fascinating... but short"
    "Fascinating and Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I was afraid this was going to be too technical or medical but it was very easy to understand. It offered insights into how the brain functions with respect to autism, attention deficit disorder, love, laughter, fear, memory, addiction, bonding, hormones, drugs, and music. It shows how chemicals, both natural hormones and neurotransmitters as well as illicit drugs, affect our behavior, our thinking, our emotions. Being aware of what is going on inside your head gives you a new perspective on your life and those around you. It helps us understand one another at a scientific level and may lead to improvements in personal health and relationships.

    The ending dragged a little for me when he got into a discussion of Freud, but I've always preferred chemistry over psychology. Most of it was very enjoyable and I thought the narrator did a great job.

    I also recommend Scientific American Special Edition: The Brain: A Look Inside.

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