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Publisher's Summary

John Ratey, best-selling author and clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, lucidly explains the human brain's workings, and paves the way for a better understanding of how the brain affects who we are.

Ratey provides insight into the basic structure and chemistry of the brain, and demonstrates how its systems shape our perceptions, emotions, and behavior. By giving us a greater understanding of how the brain responds to the guidance of its user, he provides us with knowledge that can enable us to improve our lives.

In A User's Guide to the Brain, Ratey clearly and succinctly surveys what scientists now know about the brain and how we use it. He looks at the brain as a malleable organ capable of improvement and change, like any muscle, and examines the way specific motor functions might be applied to overcome neural disorders ranging from everyday shyness to autism.

Drawing on examples from his practice and from everyday life, Ratey illustrates that the most important lesson we can learn about our brains is how to use them to their maximum potential.

©2001 John J. Ratey, MD (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[A]n introduction to neuroscience which sticks to a man-on-the-street vocabulary." (The New Yorker)

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Great book, mediocre narration

Love John Ratey, but the narrator sounds like Agent Smith from the Matrix. I usually don't complain about the reader but the monotone makes it hard to stay focused on the text even when it is covering something fun

Text is easy to follow for a lay audience. As a psychologist I would have preferred he get more technical but I know that does not sell books as well. If you are a clinician you'll find this a pleasant review and a nice book to recommend to your patients

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Brilliantly done!

Brilliantly book. Great cognitive psychology information and loaded with practical insights and real-world applications. 👍

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