Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

Lisa Feldman Barrett

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28 October 2021
9781529018646
192 pages

Synopsis

From the bestselling author of How Emotions Are Made, a myth-busting primer on the brain.

'A series of highly accessible, content-rich and eminently readable essays . . . Fascinating and informative, it is popular science at its best' – Observer

'Small in size but big on ideas . . . absorbing, thought-provoking stuff’ – Evening Standard

In seven short chapters (plus a brief history of 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 behaviour.

Sure to intrigue casual readers and scientific veterans alike, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain is full of surprises, humour, and important implications for human – a gift of a book about our mot complex and crucial organ that you will want to savour again and again.

Beautiful writing and sublime insights that will blow your mind like a string of firecrackers. If you want a rundown of the brain and its magic, start here.

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain reads like a novel – and its main character is all of us. In fresh and lively prose, Barrett provides deep insight into what brains are for, how they operate and are programmed, how they create the 'reality' we experience, and how they ultimately produce our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Read this book! It will make you smarter about yourself, and your species.

A smart and delightfully breezy look at the things most of us think we know about the brain, but don't.