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Mind Wide Open Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Johnson embarks on this path as his own test subject, participating in a battery of tests and experiments in search of a modern answer to the oldest of questions: who am I? He explores how we "read" other people, how the brain processes frightening events, what the neurochemistry is behind love and sex, how our brain teems with powerful chemicals closely related to recreational drugs, why music moves us to tears, and where our breakthrough ideas come from.

Johnson suggests that learning about the brain's mechanics can widen one's self-awareness as powerfully as any therapy, meditation or drug. To read Mind Wide Open is to rethink family histories, individual fates, and the very nature of the self.

©2003 Steven Johnson; (P)2004 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It's the rare popular science book that not only gives the reader a gee-whiz glimpse at an emerging field, but also offers a guide for incorporating its new insights into one's own worldview. [Johnson] does just that in his fascinating, engagingly written new survey." (Publishers Weekly)
"Spreading a gospel to be curious about one's own mind, Johnson, aided by personal anecdotes about, for example, the length of his attention span, will snare even those unfamiliar with brain science." (Booklist)

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    Christina 02-04-05
    Christina 02-04-05

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    "Don't know how this got an average rating of 4"

    I have to admit that I did not finish this book, which is an endless stream of boring anecdotes ... endured about 100 minutes. I finally gave up while on my treadmill, preferring the sound of my thumping feet.

    13 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    J. S. White Midwest USA 01-31-12
    J. S. White Midwest USA 01-31-12 Listener Since 2008
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    What did you like best about Mind Wide Open? What did you like least?

    Great, accessible approach to thinking about the mind, but gets a bit breathless at times.


    What aspect of Alan Sklar???s performance would you have changed?

    He's a decent reader, but in this title his voice seemed less than authentic. Hard to explain, but sometimes readers *become* the story, other times they *tell* it.


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    Connaught Front Royal, VA, United States 07-01-10
    Connaught Front Royal, VA, United States 07-01-10
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    "Absolutely Fascinating"

    Totally fascinating. An "easy read", but really riveting. Science made accessible through personal anecdote, and very memorable.

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    Wendy L. Staudacher Harrisville, PA USA 10-01-07
    Wendy L. Staudacher Harrisville, PA USA 10-01-07 Member Since 2009

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    "Loved It!!"

    I'm so excited about where neurofeedback is going!! I'm listening to the book a second time. It seemed like it ended too soon. So many cool facts and so well written. Now I'm looking for more info on the topic!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Port Jefferson, NY, USA 01-02-05
    Steve Port Jefferson, NY, USA 01-02-05 Member Since 2016
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    "Wished it was good...but it's not."

    I wish that it was a good as the reviews. But it got boring and I couldn't even finish it. Something like "Listening to Prozac" is more interesting. Skip it.

    9 of 24 people found this review helpful

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