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In Open Your Brain and MOBI #224 this nationally Open Your Kindle #215 bestselling compulsively readable account of what makes brain science a vital component of people's uest to know themselves acclaimed science writer Steven Johnson subjects his own brain Mind Wide eBook #10003 to a battery of tests to find out what's really going on inside He asks How do we read other peopleWhat is the neurochemistry behind love and sexWhat does it mean Wide Open Your eBook #184 that the brain is teeming with powerful. If I was to sign up for a religion it would really have to offer me much than the chance to chant Holy Holy Holy at the right hand of God for the rest of eternity One of the things that would nearly sway me would be if it gave me a change to do and be all of the things there just isn t time in one life to be and do And if I was converted to this particular religion one of the lives that would be on the top of the list would have to be some sort of brain scientist type person you know a neurologist or a cognitive scientist some sort of brain dudeThis really was a remarkable book about a remarkable journey into the brain of the author Not just some crappy journey you might expect from one of those horrid 1950s science documentaries Let me take you deep inside my brain No nothing like that This was a literal journey into his brain Often it involved him being strapped into some god awful whirling machine and having to do things so that analysis could be done on him as he was working It is such a great idea for a book and one I would have loved to have come up with this is precisely the journey I would have liked to have gone on I could think of nothing better than playing with some of the stuff this guy gets to play with in this bookThere is lots of uite difficult material presented but always in an interesting and engaging way In fact it was so well presented and so fascinating that the book just whizzed by His discussion of our brain on drugs for example was uite fascinating But the most interesting parts of this book are the bits about the placebo effect and whether it really exists I have always known that the placebo effect accounts for about 30% of the effectiveness of any medical treatment but had no idea how I knew this That this isn t actually the case that it really depends on the nature of the drug or treatment under consideration is interesting enough What is even interesting is that the placebo effect can even be detectable when you know it is a placebo you are taking Get your head around that one You can know you are taking a sugar table and it can still make you feel better He even goes so far as to say that clinical tests on Valium show that the drug is only effective if you are told you are going to be on it not if you don t know Lorena told me off today for suggesting this but that was what the man saidThis was an interesting book on a truly fascinating subject

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Chemically and what if anything can you do about it Fascinating and rewarding Mind Wide Open speaks to brain buffs self obsessed neurotics barstool psychologists mystified parents grumpy spouses exasperated managers and anyone who enjoys speculating and gossiping about the motivations and behaviors of other human beings Steven Johnson shows us the transformative power of understanding brain science and offers new modes of introspection and tools for better parenting better relationships and better living. This is a pretty fascinating book It gets a little annoying whenever Johnson tries to pimp it out as a self help book learning about your brain can help you blah blah but luckily it s NOT a self help book it s an informative book about how your brain functions and how he went about exploring via MRI and neurofeedback etc about how his brain works I m guessing he thought trying to pass it off as self help would increase his audienceThe chapter on attention was a tiny bit dull for me in some parts but this might have been bc I was already pretty familiar with most of the info This is pretty much the extent of the usefulness of my psych degree But the info about the connections between emotion and memory and the evolutionary purpose behind laughter and play stuff like that was really interesting It s also a fairly uick easy layperson targeted read so you get to learn great stuff without giving yourself a headache I recommend this one to my science nerd friends or really anyone who s interested in an introduction to how the brain works

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Chemicals closely related Wide Open Your Brain and eBook #10003 to recreational drugsWhy does music move us to tearsWhere do breakthrough ideas come from Johnson answers these and many uestions arising Wide Open Your Brain and eBook #10003 from the events of our everyday lives You do not have to be a neuroscientist to wonder for example why do you smile And why do you sometimes smile inappropriately even if you don't want to How do others read your inappropriate smile How does such interplay occur neuro. I really liked this book Each chapter focused on a different aspect of the mind For example one chapter discussed our ability to mindread other people referring to how we can read subtle cues about a person s mood whether they are lying etc from their facial expressions tone etc and we have no idea we can even do this He points out that we DO usually sense that we enjoy conversing with some people than others even when the content of hte conversations is largely the same and posits that this may often be because you click with someone in terms of being able to optimally mindread one another Another chapter provided insights into ADDADHD and how what we call attention is really than 1 skill there is auditory attention visual attention then the ability to switch back and forth or decide which external stimuli to ignore etc Talked about using a neurofeedback machine that reads brainwaves to train kids to be attentive the system uses a video game in which successful movement of your guy only happens when you are focused in a particular way ADHD kids using the system report that now they understand what it s supposed to feel like when they are reading Many interesting things to ponder I will enjoy rereading it as well as you can easily take what you learn from this book and recognize that certain things going on in your own life are attributable to this or that neurotransmitterattention skillmindreading ability or lack thereof Then realizing these things you might be able to train yourself to overcome certain deficiences or to do things to compensate My only complaint was that the last chapter got all Freud talkie and was nearly as impenetrable as Freudtrying to explain what things from Freud are still worthy of being part of our lexicon and which things just have to be completely tossed based on what we know from brain science Just plain dull after all the interesting reading that came before


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  1. says:

    If I was to sign up for a religion it would really have to offer me much than the chance to chant “Holy Holy Holy” at the right hand of God for the rest of eternity One of the things that would nearly sway me would be if it gave me a change to do and be all of the things there just isn’t time in one life to be and do And if I was converted to this particular religion one of the lives that would be on the top of the list would have

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    Disturbingly simple depiction of the mind Johnson is unuestionably in awe of the brain His awe seems to have impaired his skepticism The result is that he sensationalized what he learned and at times provided absolutely false information as if it were fact For example He is under the assumption that the better people are at reading emotion

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    Johnson opens with a uote from Keats let winged Fancy wanderThrough the thought still spread beyond herOpen wide mind's cage door While reading Johnson's pages about the behavioral theory of Robert Cloninger his theory and research showing that personalities result partly from the relative balance of neurotransmitters I came across this uote that seemed to fit “Or you could be a fearless reward independent novelty seeker always searching

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    I really liked this book Each chapter focused on a different aspect of the mind For example one chapter discussed our ability to mindread other people referring to how we can read subtle cues about a person's mood whether they are lying etc from their facial expressions tone etc and we have no idea we can even do

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    OLD some interesting bits but a little too everyday and wandering for me? but only 13 done and won't judge until the endNEWIt feels like Steven Berlin Johnson set out on a uest to understand his own mind kept a diary abou

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    Description Mind Wide Open speaks to brain buffs self obsessed neurotics barstool psychologists mystified parents grumpy spouses exasperated managers and anyone who enjoys speculating and gossiping about the motivations and behaviors of other human beings Steven Johnson shows us the transformative power of understanding br

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    This is a pretty fascinating book It gets a little annoying whenever Johnson tries to pimp it out as a self help book learning about

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    Yep I'm a neuroscience nerd

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    This is a really excellent look at how neuroscience relates to our everyday emotional lives One of the most interesting bits to me was the discussion of the way that we remember trauma Research now shows that a lot of conventional wisdom about trauma is flat out wrong; in particularly this book suggests that i

  10. says:

    This book is fine but it's on the level of a breezy magazine piece The picture it presents of the brain is a vastly simplified one and the set pieces Johnson delivers in each chapter skate along the surface of the implications of modern neuro