Brain Myths Exploded : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Indre Viskontas
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Much of the layperson's knowledge of the brain is predicated on a lack of understanding about this mysterious organ. To start building a more straightforward, accurate understanding of current breakthroughs in neuroscience, you have to start by shattering popular brain myths.
Each of these 24 lectures takes as its focus a single powerful, prevalent brain myth, and uses it as a launch pad from which to explore myriad topics in neuroscience: decision making, memory, dreams, emotions, neuroplasticity, consciousness, mental illness, and much more.
Our memory is an accurate, objective record of the past. Our senses reflect the world as it really exists. Our dreams have hidden meanings. We are only using 10% of our total brain power. Modern technology (including social media) is making us less intelligent. Dr. Viskontas doesn't just settle for obliterating these and other myths. Instead, she replaces them with scientific facts gathered from experiments, research, and case studies. The result is an eye-opening adventure into the latest understanding of why the brain works the way it does.
Whatever order you enjoy these lectures in, you'll be left with insights that will help you better determine the hard scientific truths behind the breaking news (and myths) of tomorrow.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great lecturer, very enjoyable

Having read and studied a lot in this area, I did not expect to learn many new fact, or busting of old myths, but in fact I did. And the things I already knew were explained in such an interesting way that I still enjoyed and benefited, will help me to explain things in future. No vocal fry, great speaking voice as well.
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- Jared T Wilsey


Outstanding delivery of the science of what is going on inside your head. This course made the connections between the biology and the behavior. Listen more than once. There's a lot of detail. I like how the information, which was technical in nature, was brought out in ways that made it possible for non scientists to easily understand.
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- Melanie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2017
  • Publisher: The Great Courses