Mind Wide Open Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday


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  1. Trevor Trevor 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 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


  2. Charlene Charlene says:

    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 emotions the extroverted Where is the evidence for such an absurd claim? This is why extraverts often misdiagnose introverts with autism when in fact they are not even on the spectrum Worse despite being around some of the most respected neuroscientists the world has to offer he was still holding tight to the myth that people only use 10% of their brains It's absurd These are only two examples of the many He really didn't have a good enough grasp of neuroscience to write this book Some journalists and science writers can swing it but he is not nearly skeptical enough to pull it off The book's target audience seems to be those who also have no education in the neurosciences Sadly those people will believe what he is saying because he included work from very respected researchers who have conducted some pretty good studies He related their work as well as many of his own assumptions The very way in which he ties together the bits of information he gleaned from the researchers really demonstrates his lack of understanding For him to have written a book to educate others seems grossly irresponsible I would highly suggest finding an introductory book written by an actual scientist instead


  3. Chrisl Chrisl says:

    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 out new experiences without any real concern for whether they are dangerous or even pleasurable ”Would like to see test result for some people in the 'news' of Cloninger's test of Temperament and Character from Cloninger's psychobiological model identifies four dimensions of temperament Novelty seeking Harm avoidance Reward dependence and Persistence and three dimensions of character Self directedness Cooperativeness and Self transcendence The FFM proposes the domains of Extraversion Agreeableness Conscientiousness Neuroticism and Openness as the basic dimensions underlying individual differences


  4. Giedra Giedra says:

    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


  5. Michelle Michelle says:

    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 about it and decided to publish it when he reached a conclusion He doesn't delve too deeply into either the science or the anecdotes and I lost his train of thought several times It's a neat exploration but a bit too self indulgent to be a really compelling story for a reader


  6. Bettie Bettie says:

    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 brain science and offers new modes of introspection and tools for better parenting better relationships and better living


  7. Tina Tina says:

    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 audience?The 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


  8. Lauren Kampwirth Lauren Kampwirth says:

    Yep I'm a neuroscience nerd


  9. Kirsten Kirsten says:

    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 if talking out a traumatic event reproduces the fear response increased heart rate etc it may cause the fear produced by the memories to become firmly etched not less This means that talk therapy might not actually be the most effective treatment for survivors especially if the trauma is recentIt can be kind of eerie to realize that so much of what we experience emotionally is related to chemicals flowing about in your brain but I found it fascinating I'm pretty used to the idea in some ways already since I take medication to control my depression but this book has really sparked my interest and I'm planning on seeking out some of the books that he mentions in his excellent footnotes


  10. B. Rule B. Rule 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 neuroscience for philosophy sociology politics etc It turns out all the rich detail got dumped in the endnotes but my opinion of the book was well set before I got to them This would have been a much better book if that detail had been incorporated into the body of the work As it stands this doesn't delve much beyond the level of wow did you know you can do biofeedback and fMRIs to see how the brain has an actual architecture and your mind is actually made up of a bunch of subsystems for various tasks like pattern matching visual acuity different types of attentionality etc I won't bore you with the details but cool huh?


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Mind Wide Open Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life [BOOKS] ✪ Mind Wide Open Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life ✴ Steven Johnson – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In this nationally 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 In Open Your Brain and ePUB í this nationally Open Your PDF ✓ 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 PDF \ 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 PDF Ê that the brain is teeming with powerful chemicals closely related Wide Open Your Brain and MOBI :Ê 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 MOBI :Ê 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 neurochemically 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.

  • Paperback
  • 274 pages
  • Mind Wide Open Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
  • Steven Johnson
  • English
  • 09 March 2016
  • 9780743241663

About the Author: Steven Johnson

Steven Open Your Brain and ePUB í Johnson is Open Your PDF ✓ the bestselling author of twelve books including Enemy of All Mankind Farsighted Wonderland How We Got to Now Where Good Ideas Come From The Invention of Air Mind Wide PDF \ The Ghost Map and Everything Bad Is Good for YouHe's the host of the podcast American Innovations and the host and co creator of the PBS and BBC series How We Wide Open Your PDF Ê Got to Now Johnson lives in Marin County California.