Mind Wide Open Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life (download or Read) author Steven Johnson

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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 brain 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 that the brain is teeming with powerful chemicals closely related to recreational. 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

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Mind Wide Open Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life

DrugsWhy does music move us to tearsWhere do breakthrough ideas come from Johnson answers these and many uestions arising 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 Fascina. 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

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Ting 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 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 thoughts on “Mind Wide Open Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life

  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 h

  2. 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 of

  3. 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 s

  4. 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 t

  5. 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 deci

  6. 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 be

  7. 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 informativ

  8. says:

    Yep I'm a neuroscience nerd

  9. 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 th

  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 neuroscience for philosophy sociology politics etc It turns out all the rich