Seven and a Half Lessons about the Brain

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 17, 2020 - Science - 192 pages
From the author ofHow Emotions Are Made, a myth-busting primer on the brain in the tradition ofSeven Brief Lessons on Physics andAstrophysics 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 readers 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.
 

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Contents

Your Brain Is Not for Thinking
1
You Have One Brain Not Three
13
Your Brain Is a Network
29
Little Brains Wire Themselves to Their World
47
Your Brain Predicts Almost Everything You Do
64
Your Brain Secretly Works with Other Brains
83
Brains Make More than One Kind of Mind
98
Our Brains Can Create Reality
110
Back Matter
124
Back Flap
181
Back Cover
182
Spine
183
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LISA FELDMAN BARRETT, PhD, has received numerous scientific awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in neuroscience and an NIH Director's Pioneer Award. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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