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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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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. 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 they are lying etc from their facial expressions tone etc and we have no idea we can even do this He points out that we DO usually sense that we enjoy conversing with some people than others even when the content of hte conversations is largely the same and posits that this may often be because you click with someone in terms of being able to optimally mindread one another Another chapter provided insights into ADDADHD and how what we call attention is really than 1 skill there is auditory attention visual attention then the ability to switch back and forth or decide which external stimuli to ignore etc Talked about using a neurofeedback machine that reads brainwaves to train kids to be attentive the system uses a video game in which successful movement of your guy only happens when you are focused in a particular way ADHD kids using the system report that now they understand what it s supposed to feel like when they are reading Many interesting things to ponder I will enjoy rereading it as well as you can easily take what you learn from this book and recognize that certain things going on in your own life are attributable to this or that neurotransmitterattention skillmindreading ability or lack thereof Then realizing these things you might be able to train yourself to overcome certain deficiences or to do things to compensate My only complaint was that the last chapter got all Freud talkie and was nearly as impenetrable as Freudtrying to explain what things from Freud are still worthy of being part of our lexicon and which things just have to be completely tossed based on what we know from brain science Just plain dull after all the interesting reading that came before

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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 Hol

  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 p

  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 tha

  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 they are lying etc f

  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 decided to publish it when he reached a conclusion He doesn't delve too deeply into either the science or the ane

  6. says:

    Description Mind Wide Open speaks to brain buffs self obsessed neurotics barstool psychologists mystified parents

  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 learni

  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 trau

  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 m

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