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From the author of How Emotions Are Made, a myth-busting primer on the brain in the tradition of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

Have you ever wondered why you have a brain? Let renowned neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett demystify that big gray blob between your ears. In seven short essays (plus a bite-sized story about how brains evolved), this slim, entertaining, and accessible collection reveals mind-expanding lessons from the front lines of neuroscience research. You'll learn where brains came from, how they're structured (and why it matters), and how yours works in tandem with other brains to create everything you experience. Along the way, you'll also learn to dismiss popular myths such as the idea of a "lizard brain" and the alleged battle between thoughts and emotions, or even between nature and nurture, to determine your behavior.

Sure to intrigue casual listeners and scientific veterans alike, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain is full of surprises, humor, and important implications for human nature - a gift of a book that you will want to savor again and again.

©2020 Lisa Feldman Barrett (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Excellent book. Must read.

Concepts are excellently organized and explained. Must read if you want to better understand the human brain.

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Another Great Book by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Outstanding quick read on quite possibly the most complex subject matter by one of the best neuroscientists and science writers today.

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Awesome book

I never write reviews. This book was great and really challenges the way i think and helps my neuroplasticity evolve.

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Dang! Now we are responsible!

Fifty years ago I thought our application of behavior therapy would affect the way most parents rear their children. One of my colleagues said we had a moral responsibility to use this technology of behavior change. The learning we are obtaining from Barrett’s and others’ labs seems to fit within this imperative.

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great

I loved this book it is a great continuation of the "How Emotions Are Made."

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Well written and an easy read.clear concepts well explained. I wish she dwelt on consciousness and it’s evolutionary role.

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Surprising, cutting edge facts about your brain

Dr. Barrett must be a fantastic teacher! As an author, she makes complex scientific ideas cuome alive with stories and memorable metaphors. She convinced me to upgrade my model of the brain from the triune model to a network, which fits the data better. She explains why it's easier for us to distinguish facial features of the "race " we grew up with--but that we can learn. She also raised my awareness of the importance of our social brain for out everyday lives... and why words really do have the power to hurt us as individuals and societies.

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Repetitive with political undertones

Surprised that the book was 4 hours long as if the author kept in important points it would have barely made it beyond 20 minutes. Unfortunate that everything has to be political these days. If it were written in 2010 it may have been a better book as the author then would likely have kept political opinion out of a psychology book.

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Treat Your Brain and Predict the results

Listen. Learn. Re-listen. Rewire and Predict. This is a book you have to listen to and I predict that you will listen more than once. Down with essentialism!

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Lecciones que todos deben saber

Concreta, específica pero con una narrativa agradable Lisa Feldman Barrett nos quita el velo de los ojos en cuanto a nuestras creencia acerca de cómo funciona nuestro cerebro y lo hace con gran gentileza como si nos hablara la mejor de nuestras profesoras en la infancia... Este libro puede ser el principio de un nuevo paradigma de cómo nosotros los humanos nos vemos a nosotros mismos.

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  • 12-16-20

An overview not an extra insight

I chose this hoping to increase and challenge my existing understanding of the brain. I found that it didn't diverge greatly from my undergrad/working knowledge other than one specific main point. I was disappointed that the book didnt open up more challenging concepts and real world applications.

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  • 12-08-20

Superb

The current state of cognitive neuroscience, summed up in highly relatable metaphors and well-articulated explanations by one of our time's most brilliant and humane scientists. Recommended for anyone interested in the brain and mind.

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  • E. Brown
  • 12-05-20

New ways of thinking

Loved this book. Whilst a bit slow in places (more likely me just keen to find out more), the book is evidence-based with excellent examples to explain further and illustrate the points being made. I have loads of books on similar topics of the brain and neuroscience which I am finding tend to get a bit repetitive. However this one contains loads of new insights (or new ways of explaining ideas) that made me think differently. It feels short (probably because I listened over a few days) but is concentrated - there is a lot packed in to each chapter. I will definitely be listening again!

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  • 12-03-20

interesting insights

A light, accessible style. Good narrative. Evidence based. Interesting insights which were new to me. I'd recommend it.