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"Great Myths of the Brain" introduces readers to the field of neuroscience by examining popular myths about the human brain. Explores commonly-held myths of the brain through the lens of scientific research, backing up claims with studies and other evidence from the literature. Looks at enduring myths such as "Do we only use 10% of our brain?," "Pregnant women lose their mi "Great Myths of the Brain" introduces readers to the field of neuroscience by examining popular myths about the human brain. Explores commonly-held myths of the brain through the lens of scientific research, backing up claims with studies and other evidence from the literature. Looks at enduring myths such as "Do we only use 10% of our brain?," "Pregnant women lose their mind," "Right-brained people are more creative" and many more. Delves into myths relating to specific brain disorders, including epilepsy, autism, dementia, and others. Written engagingly and accessibly for students and lay readers alike, providing a unique introduction to the study of the brain. Teaches readers how to spot neuro hype and neuro-nonsense claims in the media.


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"Great Myths of the Brain" introduces readers to the field of neuroscience by examining popular myths about the human brain. Explores commonly-held myths of the brain through the lens of scientific research, backing up claims with studies and other evidence from the literature. Looks at enduring myths such as "Do we only use 10% of our brain?," "Pregnant women lose their mi "Great Myths of the Brain" introduces readers to the field of neuroscience by examining popular myths about the human brain. Explores commonly-held myths of the brain through the lens of scientific research, backing up claims with studies and other evidence from the literature. Looks at enduring myths such as "Do we only use 10% of our brain?," "Pregnant women lose their mind," "Right-brained people are more creative" and many more. Delves into myths relating to specific brain disorders, including epilepsy, autism, dementia, and others. Written engagingly and accessibly for students and lay readers alike, providing a unique introduction to the study of the brain. Teaches readers how to spot neuro hype and neuro-nonsense claims in the media.

30 review for Great Myths of the Brain

  1. 5 out of 5

    Magdalith

    3.5 Obala mnóstwo mitów, w które wierzyłam nawet ja (a wydawało mi się, że wiem dużo o mózgu), ale sposób podania wydaje mi się przeciętnie fascynujący - tak gdzieś pomiędzy popularnonaukową a stricte naukową pozycją. Autor ma dla nas wiele wiadomości dobrych (nowe neurony powstają jednak przez całe życie; mózgi męskie i kobiece nie różnią się prawie wcale; ciąża nie ogłupia; internet również nie; duży mózg nie równa się lepszy mózg) ale też złych (z grubsza nie ma czegoś takiego jak ludzie lewo- 3.5 Obala mnóstwo mitów, w które wierzyłam nawet ja (a wydawało mi się, że wiem dużo o mózgu), ale sposób podania wydaje mi się przeciętnie fascynujący - tak gdzieś pomiędzy popularnonaukową a stricte naukową pozycją. Autor ma dla nas wiele wiadomości dobrych (nowe neurony powstają jednak przez całe życie; mózgi męskie i kobiece nie różnią się prawie wcale; ciąża nie ogłupia; internet również nie; duży mózg nie równa się lepszy mózg) ale też złych (z grubsza nie ma czegoś takiego jak ludzie lewo- i prawopółkulowi; treningi mózgu niczego nie trenują; wykorzystujemy cały nasz mózg, a nie tylko jego 10%; WIERCENIE OTWORÓW W CZASZCE NIE UWALNIA ZŁYCH DUCHÓW). Pożyteczna lektura zarówno dla neuro-sceptyków, jak i fanatyków różnych (pseudo)teorii neurobiologii. Uczy przede wszystkim, że mało jest rzeczy tak trudnych do zbadania, jak ludzki mózg. Głównie dlatego, że aby zbadać mózg, musimy użyć właśnie mózgu ;)

  2. 4 out of 5

    E

    Let me say this--Jarrett has done his homework. Hundreds--and I do mean hundreds--of studies are cited in the course of this book. That's probably the strongest point of the effort. I don't really like books whose sole aim is to dispel myths--it makes the entire work have a negative tenor--that's not true, this isn't true, neither is that over there. Also, I doubt a lot of these are actually myths. How many people go around believing, "glial cells are little more than brain glue" (Myth #24). Anyb Let me say this--Jarrett has done his homework. Hundreds--and I do mean hundreds--of studies are cited in the course of this book. That's probably the strongest point of the effort. I don't really like books whose sole aim is to dispel myths--it makes the entire work have a negative tenor--that's not true, this isn't true, neither is that over there. Also, I doubt a lot of these are actually myths. How many people go around believing, "glial cells are little more than brain glue" (Myth #24). Anybody? He has to stretch in order to cover the things he wants to cover. He also gets a little preach, particularly when discussing myths related to mental illness. He begins with "defunct myths"--that thought actually resides in the heart, that the brain pumps animal spirits. Then he discusses antiquated forms of brain treatment--trepanning, frontal lobotomy, etc. I especially appreciated his treatment of the "immortal myths"--that right-brained people are more creative, that we only use 10% of our brain, that adults don't grow new brain cells, etc. His chapter on myths of the brain's physical structure was weak, again because I doubt anyone actually believes the myths he punctures. The chapter on "technology and food myths" was great--brain training is of little value. And chocolate? Ain't gonna turn you into Einstein either. I also appreciated his chapter on brain disorders and illnesses (despite the occasional preachiness). I learned a lot about autism, epilepsy, and dementia especially. And perhaps the one myth that I myself actually believed is here as well--turns out, people aren't depressed or mentally ill because of "chemical imbalances" in the brain. That's a total fallacy. I would recommend this work. We all need to understand our brains better, and this is a great place to start.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I should have given this only four stars, because the Kindle version has some irritating issues. First, a half blank page often turns up; ie, a page will only have text on the upper third/half and not on the rest. Usually this corrects itself if you move back and forth between the pages; sometimes it doesn't. And sometimes the top line of any boxed text is cut off, particularly in the latter part of the book. Secondly, Jarrett time and again refers the reader to a page further on in the book, or I should have given this only four stars, because the Kindle version has some irritating issues. First, a half blank page often turns up; ie, a page will only have text on the upper third/half and not on the rest. Usually this corrects itself if you move back and forth between the pages; sometimes it doesn't. And sometimes the top line of any boxed text is cut off, particularly in the latter part of the book. Secondly, Jarrett time and again refers the reader to a page further on in the book, or previous to what we're currently reading. This is fine in a print version, but in a Kindle version is of course impossible. It would have been good to have had links to these. Thirdly, while I know it would require a bit of cutting and pasting, having up to 120 notes following a chapter is rather irritating when you're reading an e-version, necessitating constant 'page' turning to get to the next chapter. I guess I could have avoided this by using the 'go to' tool on my Kindle but that only occurred to me after I'd finished the book! Anyway, for users of other e-devices this may not be an option. That's all the complaints. The book is full of marvellous information. Jarrett, of course, isn't just setting out to debunk myths, he's also offering us the alternatives, the things that are the realities about the brain - where they're known. A lot of things aren't yet known about the brain, something that may come as a surprise to many readers. Time after time I learned something that I'd never heard in regard to neuroscience and the brain. I highlighted so much of the book it's probable that Amazon won't let see half my highlights! The section towards the end on depression, and the one on dementia and Alzheimer's were both very enlightening, and corrected mistaken ideas I held. There's a nice humility about Jarrett's writing: he doesn't claim to be the last word on neuroscience and he has a gentle sense of humour that comes across on page after page. I could go on at length. Suffice to say this beats all other books on the brain that I've read hands down!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Suna Özlem

    Nöroloji alanında sık karşılaştığımız ve bazen açıklamakta zorlandığımız birçok mit için referanslı doğru bilginin olduğu , faydalı kitap.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zoë ☆

    I did enjoy this book, it was fun reading about the myths surrounding the brain and was easy to understand without being too complicated; the book has hundreds of studies/case studies in it which will be valuable when I have to do University coursework. Would recommend if you are interested in Psychology/ are doing a Psychology degree and want to learn some more information about common myths surrounding the brain.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scott Jackson

    Jarrett writes a great article here: https://psyche.co/guides/how-to-culti... Jarrett writes a great article here: https://psyche.co/guides/how-to-culti...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nachtreich

    Per il neofita può essere molto interessante e utile, e c'è una bibliografia piuttosto ampia e interessante.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Klaudia

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Xaverius

    Citar algunas cosas no replicadas ahora y algunos detalles que refunfuñaría no cambian el veredicto final: Cumple perfectamente la función de no solo refutar mitos si no ofrecer de forma convincente y escueta la alternativa real en un amplísimo abanico de temas, y hacerlo de forma clara y entretenida. Recomendado a cualquiera de interés mismo, porque alguna de las cosas aquí discutidas se mencionan en clases o papers.

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    Gena

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  30. 5 out of 5

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