Welcome to your Brain

Welcome to your Brain

Why You Lose your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life

Book - 2009
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Does drinking really kill brain cells? Does listening to Mozart make your baby smarter? For all the mileage we've gotten from our own brains, most of us have essentially no idea how they work. We're easily susceptible to myths (like the "fact" that we use only 10% of our brains) and misconceptions (like the ones perpetrated by most Hollywood movies), probably because we've never known where to turn for the truth.

But neurologists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang are glad to help. In this funny, accessible book, we get a guided tour of our own minds, what they're made of, how they work, and how they can go wrong. Along the way, we get a host of diagrams, quizzes, and "cocktail party tips" that shed light on the questions we nag each other about. (Can a head injury make you forget your own name? Are dolphins smarter than chimpanzees?)

Fun and surprisingly engrossing, Welcome to Your Brain shows you how your brain works, and how you can make it work better.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781596915237
Branch Call Number: 612.82 AA
Characteristics: xx, 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wang, Sam 1967-


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Oct 24, 2018

i beg to differ the point made in the librarian blurb that it is only folklore which teaches that alcohol destroys brain cells. alcohol is a poison. poison destroys.

Oct 20, 2018

This book covers a lot of different topics related to neuroscience and psychology. These topics are broadly covered and provides a good quick survey of the field. In some cases, the authors provide personal testimony for some of these topics. The writing is structured but, in each chapter there are a number of sidebars which are actually arranged linearly with the main text. This arrangement is distracting. I would recommend just reading the main text and then coming back to the side bars. The side bars are generally more detailed and ultimately the most interesting parts of the chapter.

I particularly enjoyed the quiz. This provided a great dinner topic for conversation with my 14 year old.

Dec 17, 2013

Excellent book. I learned a lot about human nature. Most of it is written without jargon and in easy-to-understand terms. I can't wait to read it again to let it all sink in!


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