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I was very disappointed in this book. The author says the same things over and over with slightly different wording (e.g. the brain is the center of all human activity; no human endeavor can be engaged without the brain; social, cognitive, affective and psychomotor activities all depend on the brain....) In addition, many references to the author's research and the activities of the Amen clinic are included. I understand the author has done groundbreaking work, but instead of repeating all the research he has done (e.g. "I've studied hundreds of brains") it would be helpful for him to contextualize his research within a larger empirical universe. But that would mean he was interested in studying ideas about the relationships between brain and behavior, and the multiple paradigms used to do so, and I think actually he is more interested in marketing his point of view. Nothing wrong with that, but an eleven hour book ought to contain more substance.
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I've read a two other books about brain injuries, and I've worked for a doctor who uses biofeedback to repair brain damamge. When I saw this book I was expecting a list, something like a to-do, for healthy brains.
After listening to the book I researched Dr. Amen online, and most of the same material can be found on his website for the Amen Clinics. I also found some more reviews of his work, making it seem pretty controversial.
Good or bad, I don't think you're going to get a whole lot out of the book. The to-dos are less than I would imagine. A lot of time is spent talking about medications, and I think I've heard about 15 times now that I shouldn't hit soccer balls with my head.
Whatever you do, get the abridged version. There is value in his education about parts of the brain, and he lists some good references.
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