"Entertaining…[A] grand tour around modern cognitive science and psychology." Wall Street Journal
The brain is an absolute marvelthe seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle (so far) of evolutionary progress, and the engine of human experience. But it’s also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out of date. We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things sitting right in front of us, and lie awake at night while our brains endlessly replay our greatest fears. Idiot Brain is for anyone who has ever wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their lifeand what on earth it is really up to.
A Library Journal Science Bestseller and a Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award in Science & Technology.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist and research associate at the Centre for Medical Education at Cardiff University. He writes a popular science blog called Brain Yapping for the Cosmic Shambles Network and dabbles in stand-up comedy. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.
Table of Contents
1 Mind controls 5
How the brain regulates the body, and usually makes a mess of things
2 The gift of memory (keep the receipt) 34
The human memory system, and its strange features
3 Fear: nothing to be scared of 75
The many ways in which the brain makes us constantly afraid
4 Think you're clever, do you? 112
The baffling science of intelligence
5 Did you see this chapter coming? 152
The haphazard properties of the brain's observational systems
6 Personality: a testing concept 188
The complex and confusing properties of personality
7 Group hug! 222
How the brain is influenced by other people
8 When the brain breaks down … 263
Mental health problems, and how they come about