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Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

Auteur(s): John Medina,The Great Courses
Narrateur(s): John Medina
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Inside your head sits the most complex object in the known universe - the human brain. This amazing organ has unique powers to make predictions about the future, form relationships with other people, adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, and so much more. We all have a basic conception of how our brains function, but when did you last dive into the fascinating world of neuroscience to truly understand the inner workings of your mind?

For decades, the field of neuroscience has been in a near-constant state of disruptive transformation, as we continually learn more about our incredible brains. Thanks to rapid advances in technology and in our understanding of the brain, today’s neuroscience research goes far beyond trying to understand how the brain works, and into the search for proven ways to optimize brain performance. In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator; the ways in which the brain processes information, and how that relates to intelligence; the intricacies of emotions and socialization, and how empathy is a vital survival mechanism; how our brains develop and change throughout our lifetimes; and how we can best use and expand our cerebral processing performance. After gaining a thorough understanding of the science behind your best brain, you’ll learn scientifically proven methods for improving your memory, boosting your creativity, and keeping your mind sharp for years to come.

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An in depth journey through the brain

the only thing I enjoyed more than the very informative lectures, was the narrator. very engaging and interesting. would recommend this to anyone with a desire to understand how the most complicated organ on earth works.

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Exceptional

Definitely, the best book I listened. It was not only the content interesting but the delivery by Dr. Medina was exceptional. I thought all audio books were just read by someone. This book was like a movie.

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A really Great course

All of the Great Courses that I have followed are really good, not only the content but the presenters are remarkable and this one is no exception, in fact this is one of the best presenters that I have had the opportunity to listen to. The contents is really good, I already knew most of the information but how he had put it all together makes this course highly recommended. I enjoyed all all the lessons but the last 5 are the ones that give the most interesting advice.

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I Would Have Loved Him as a Prof

John Medina is a wonderful speaker. Honestly, I cannot give him enough praise. He was such a joy to listen too. it doesn't matter what the subject was, I would recommend this to everyone because of John Medina.

As for the content of the lectures, it's was also very good. Of course, it's a great courses lecture meaning it is more of an introduction to the subject, in this case, neuroscience and psychology. It was a nice refresher to a lot of what I learned in school.

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the narrator ruins this book

This would be fantastic if the narration wasn't so absurd and distracting. The way it's read is so distractingly irritating it made me stop listening. He is embarrassingly awful and cringe-worthy. could have been soooo much better if a normal person read it.

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Clear and digestible

Wow. Well put together. Next I will be going back over with a fine tooth comb and a notebook!

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A wonderful experience in the realm of science

It was absolutely wonderful to listen to a enthusiastic voice, witty sense of humour and a cascade of practical easy to understand knowledge you can apply to your every day life truly a remarkable treasure and will remain in my collection. Thank you so much.

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A book for Everyone!

This book is for everyone, young or old, of any education level. It’s not super complex with big scientific terms, John does a great job of explaining this well so they are easy to understand.
I learned so much from this book and will definitely be listening to it again.
A few topics I found interesting is that when you pull an all nighter, your cognitive function is the same as being drunk. And if women eat a wide variety of foods when pregnant then their babies will have a taste for wild variety of foods too. And the reason teenagers are such risk takers comes from when we were hunter gather types and needed to leave the home group to find another to diversify the gene pool.

Definitely a recommendation for every person with a brain and for sure a listen again type book.

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Be aware of flawed paradigms

John Medina's book - overall is entertaining and filled with some very useable information that appears to be grounded in research.

However, there are also seeming facts that are sometimes used in a potentially biased way. For example: the information about group behaviour and deindividuation seems valid...but is biased in that it risks portraying collective groups as a bad thing, but also risks at times sounding discriminatory: "...all you have to do is look at Rawanda...". Where Rawanda to the uninformed person can be lead to be indiscriminate in how they view the problems faced among and between its citizens.

This is also problematic in that it leads the uncritical thinker to accept that group behaviour is a negative or risky endeavour. Yet this book does nothing to clearly speak to the risks of individualistic thinking and behaviours (as it did in the case of the latter). It also did not speak to the implications individualism has on society, and families until much later in the book - but does not link back so as to remind the reader what challenges and dangers lurk within individualism.

Nor does it speak to the positives of collective groups - namely when they have social norms and ideals that are beneficial to human development, the brain and child rearing. Even when it cites a study of the Inuit in northern Canada and teen behaviours- it pays no mind to the power, influences and benefits of a healthy collective on the teens thinking brain.

This said, it does a wonderful job of explains a number of things including the aging brain, keeping a healthy brain, the effects of sleep deprivation on the brain and in sharing the importance of social connections on the senior's brain.

Would I read again? I plan to-but will again go in with a cautious mind and critical eye that is aware that the author of this book would do well to expand more critically in some areas such as what was noted, or-make the disclaimer at the beginning that it glosses over and then name the areas it has done so. The author should also encourage readers to take note to do more research into the areas it glosses over.

Finally for those who follow along with the PDF - some of the supporting details are not included in the PDF so you will want to take notes.

In close, while I enjoyed the book, I gave it a low score in hopes that readers will pay mind to some of the limitations listed here. In summary: as with all literature-keep a good dose of critical eye and critical thinking ready when reading or viewing anything. Happy reading.

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Pure Joy

The guy narrating this audiobook is a pure Joy to listen to. Positive, funny, and upbeat you enjoy listening to the very well prepared lectures that are delivered well. A solid listen for sure!

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Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

In all of creation, the least likely thing ever to be well understood is the human brain. Professor Medina spins what we know and the fuzzy parts we think we know into an engaging and entertaining story. Easy to follow and peppered with fascinating anecdotes and examples, this is a good listen for anyone, regardless of educational level or background in the sciences. As an MD and son of a neurology professor, it is the best telling of this story I have yet found.

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  • 2015-01-28

Great Narrator

wow! I am blown away by the narrator in this book. He is charismatic and very well informed. His cadence and tone really hook you and keep you paying attention; you can practically hear his smile as he peppers in anecdotes and real world situations to support what he is speaking about. I highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Daniel
  • 2015-02-10

The standard fare for brain science

The breadth of this lecture series is considerable, although I was hoping for a little more depth. The lecturer is very careful to qualify his information with peer reviewed research, which is refreshing. I guess I primarily had hoped that there was more new information out there, since I had already heard much of this from other sources. Narrated well. The lecturer is a skilled public speaker who knows how to maintain attention during a lecture.

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  • Mark
  • 2017-01-28

Brainy but not nerdy

This lecture series teaches you about the structure and function of the brain, and is also packed with practical tips on how to get the best out of your own brain.

What makes this lecture series stand out from the rest is the ‘lecturer’. I’ve put that word in quote marks because he’s so unlike the standard lecturer that it doesn’t feel right to use the regular word. He’s more like the host of a children’s TV programme, in the nicest possible way. He’s incredibly animated, frequently rising to peaks of excitement that send his voice into a shrill falsetto. That’s his style, to come across as being spectacularly enthused about his subject. He doesn’t sound like an academic, but he clearly knows his stuff and he shares this knowledge using lots of anecdotes and metaphors to illustrate an array of fascinating facts about an organ that just sits there, with the consistency of tofu, and doesn’t appear from the outside to do a fat lot. Appearances can be deceptive.

The practical tips are about a number of things: How to keep your brain alive and well for longer, how to improve your memory, how to avoid stress, and the importance of sleep. All good stuff and well worth a listen.

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  • Luke
  • 2015-03-09

Have no doubt, this is worth it!

Any additional comments?

If you are interested in brain science or human behaviour this courses is well worth your time and money. The course is informative with the material being presented in an easily digestible form that doesn't dumb it down too much. I have listened to numerous books and courses on these topics and this course is the best for beginners and those wanting a refreshing refresher. The lecturer tries to maximise the presentation of the topics so you will remember them.Ultimately, this is one of the best purchases I have made, and is probably the best of The Great Courses I have listened to.

Note. The lecturer sounds like a slightly higher pitched, slightly more excitable Penn Jillette and that might not work for everyone. I like Penn Jillette, so it was a bonus for me.

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  • A. Reilly
  • 2015-05-13

Mind blowing!

This is one of the greatest of the great courses. I found the lectures compelling, timely and well-explained. I even re-listened to a few segments because they were so fascinating. Awesome series! I highly recommend this one.

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  • Barry Rinehart
  • 2015-01-27

Blow your mind with brain knowledge

John Medina needs his own TV show. What a great set of lessons and easy to understand communication. Accessible, entertaining, evocative, inspiring. Thank you.

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  • Nobody's business
  • 2016-03-28

Not as advertised and not particularly useful

Generally speaking, I really enjoy the Great Courses. I find most of their courses useful and well presented. This one, however, fell short.

I gave it three stars for the information in chapters 3 and 13 (on depression) and 22 through the end of the book (how exercise, diet, etc. influence brain function). Most of the book, however, is not about how to improve your brain (therefore the part of my review title about "not as advertised"). Most of it is a primer on brain function.

Don't get me wrong, there is interesting information, here, it's just not particularly useful for any actual brain improvement. If you want a primer about brain organization and function, this wouldn't be a terrible choice, although, you could probably do better there, too.

Most of the book deals with the way the brain takes in a processes information and what parts of the brain do what. Again, this is interesting, but I didn't find any relevance to ways I could actually improve my brain.

The narration is overly cutesy for me for something like this. While there were a few entertaining metaphors and similes, the metaphors and similes were overdone and the tone seemed to be geared more for an adolescent audience.

Again, this is not a terrible choice for understanding some of the more basic points of brain function, but don't think you will get a lot of good advice about brain improvement. What should be improved is the title of the course and to some extent, the course itself.

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  • Marcia
  • 2015-01-03

Wish I could give it six stars - Very Engaging!

If you could sum up Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement in three words, what would they be?

Sorry, I can't - But Your best brain could. It covers the whole brain. I LOVED Nero Science in College and this book brought the reason for that passion back to me. The brain is fascinating, when you finish this book one can't help but want to learn more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement?

For me it was the sections on learning and sleep

What does Professor John Medina bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I found him to be extremely engaging, I would LOVE to listen to more of his lectures. It was obvious that he has a passion for his subject.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was excited by the knowledge, I would like more books like this one.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book to anyone considering it, it took me about 5 days to listen to the whole thing.

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  • Nancy Olson
  • 2015-07-03

This was a great work of non-fiction.

Would you listen to Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement again? Why?

I have been in the medical field for over 30 years and found the science behind sleep, memory, emotion and other functions of the brain fascinating. You don't need to be knowledgeable in the medical arts to enjoy this book however. The Author and narrator is wonderful. He breaks down his subject in such a way that anyone will understand what he is talking about. The Professor wrote and narrates the book. He is jovial and obviously enjoys sharing his knowledge with you. You will learn why you feel as you do and it will make sense to you the way he has written the book. It is presented as a series of lectures and very easy to follow.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved learning new facts about the brain and its workings.

Which character – as performed by Professor John Medina – was your favorite?

There was no characters in this book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. the lectures were engaging, entertaining and full of interesting facts. I will listen to this book again simply to remember all the details the Professor spoke of.

Any additional comments?

Even if you aren't medical give this book a listen. It is one of the best nonfiction offerings I have read.

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