• Idiot Brain

  • What Your Head Is Really up To
  • By: Dean Burnett
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 07-26-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (151 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A delightful tour of our mysterious, mischievous gray matter from neuroscientist and massively popular Guardian blogger Dean Burnett.
The brain may be the seat of consciousness and the engine of all human experience, but it's also messy, fallible, and disorganized. For example, did you know that your memory is egotistical? That conspiracy theories and superstitions are the inevitable effects of a healthy brain? Or that alcohol can actually improve your memory? (Editor's note: Please listen to the book before testing that last conclusion.)
In Idiot Brain, Dr. Dean Burnett celebrates blind spots, blackouts, insomnia, and all the other downright laughable things our minds do to us while also exposing the many mistakes we've made in our quest to understand how our brains actually work. This is the best kind of popular science - lucid, funny, and whip smart - from a debut author who will be tickling funny bones and firing neurons for a long time to come.
©2016 Dean Burnett (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dee Richards on 08-01-16

It is rather fun to listen to

I was able to listen to the whole book in one day. It has a lot of layman' jargon, which makes it even more fun. There was tons of info and the subjects are not belabored which makes it interesting.

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1 out of 5 stars
By M. Copeland on 08-10-16


Expected cute or informative. As a neuosurgeon and with a PhD in neuroanatomy, just wanted to be entertained, or learn something novel. However, it's as if he got his information from People magazine. His understanding of pathways is often just plain wrong, and his clinical examples sometimes are unrelated to the pathway he's describing. Could only get through 2 chapters because it was making me upset. Don't let this be your only source for neural pathways.

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