Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

From the author of How Emotions Are Made,a myth-busting primer on the brain in the tradition of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Have you ever wondered why you have a brain? Let renowned neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett demystify that big gray blob between your ears. In seven short essays (plus a bite-sized story about how brains From the author of How Emotions Are Made,a myth-busting primer on the brain in the tradition of Seven Brief Lesso...

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Title:Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain
Author:Lisa Feldman Barrett
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Genres:Science
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Number of Pages:192 pages pages

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain Reviews

  • Hom Sack
    Jan 12, 2021
    Short but with a long interesting Appendix. It is a delightful unconventional view from a neuroscientist on how the brain works. Her recent talk with Lex Fridman elaborates on the subject: Lisa Feldman Barrett: Counterintuitive Ideas About How the Brain Works | Lex Fridman Podcast #...
  • Sarah
    Dec 06, 2020
    If you're relatively neuro-fluent and haven't read it yet, I'd recommend picking up LFB's much more elaborate and detailed (and quite a bit longer) How Emotions Are Made instead, which despite its title is really an excellent primer on contemporary neuroscience in g...
  • Steve
    Dec 01, 2020
    Seven and a Half Lessons about the Brain is an informative, thought provoking, and readable book. Written as a collection of essays that walk you through how the brain has evolved, how it grows, and how it worked in the context of how we perceive and react to the world. The book also...
  • Angie Boyter
    Nov 19, 2020
    4+ In her Author?s Note for Seven and a Half Lessons about the Brain Lisa Feldman Barrett describes her book as ?short, informal essays to intrigue and entertain you? A perfect description! This is one of those books that make you want to stop very frequently to share some tid...
  • Chrissy
    Jan 13, 2021
    I admit to having a chip on my shoulder about the tone and unintended consequences of both Barrett's previous work and she herself as its mouthpiece after reading her last book on emotions and hearing her on an Invisibilia podcast about PTSD. That emotions are culturally define...
  • Ryan
    Nov 21, 2020
    This was a very positive and pleasant short book which challenges some of the popular metaphors about the brain and suggests a newer/better model. This is pretty much the standard belief within the field today, but the popular models haven't been updated. Specifically, the "t...
  • Rita
    Nov 29, 2020
    This little gem rekindled my interest in non-fiction and was a pleasant science "snack" to finish the year (also one of the few times I read a book that was just published, as it was randomly picked up by my boyfriend in a bookstore). Barrett explains some basic concepts a...
  • Laurie
    Dec 27, 2020
    Having read 75 of the 125 text pages, I found this a disappointing book and patted myself on the back for deciding to put it down. The content seemed more like a detailed outline for an eventual longer tome rather than a stand-alone book. The author's writing style was an interrup...
  • Bob
    Jan 25, 2021
    Why this book. Selected by a reading/discussion book I?m in, as a good follow up to Descarte?s Error. One member of our group pointed us to a Lisa Feldman Barrett Ted Talk which impressed us all, then an interview with her on youtube, and as a group, we decided then to read this bo...
  • Katie Bruell
    Dec 10, 2020
    Wow. I loved this book so much. It was brilliant, mind opening, hilarious, and it gently pushes the reader in so many right directions. Can?t wait to read her other book. ...
  • Makala
    Jun 01, 2020
    Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain goes over a brief overview on the basic function of the brain, both on an interpersonal level but also on a social level. I found this book fairly intriguing to go through as it provided a lot of information and clarified common misconception...
  • The  Conch
    Nov 16, 2020
    After David Eagleman's 'The Brain', it is another crispy and tasty book about brain. Author starts from evolution of brain from a simple cellular organism Amphioxi upto complex "three pound blob between ears" of human which has 128 billion neurons. The book...
  • Ashlee Bree
    Jul 12, 2020
    Do you know why brains evolved? What their primary purpose was, or is, in nature? Do you know why they came to exist in simple organisms? In the animal species? Within the human body? As it turns out, though some of us may find this news surprising, it wasn't - and isn't -...
  • Deedi Brown (DeediReads)
    Dec 20, 2020
    Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain is a snack of a book, a conversational, fascinating, and revelatory bundle of great metaphors on how our brains work. I read it as part of my subscription to the Next Big Idea Club, which always has great selections. I think this book does a ...
  • Gary Moreau
    Nov 28, 2020
    This is a very readable, concise summary of what we currently know about the brain. And it?s fascinating. ?But you don?t sense with your sensory organs. You sense with your brain.? Or, ?Your view of the world is no photograph. It?s a construction of your brain that is so fl...
  • Arvenig
    Jun 21, 2020
    Hi everyone! This book is amazing! (I think it's the best book I've read on netgalley) In seven and a half lessons the author explains how our brain works and how it's different from other animals. She talks about the complexity our brain, unveiling myths that are sti...
  • Adam Z
    Jan 07, 2021
    I found the first two or three lessons to be very informative, and I enjoyed the writing style very much. The rest of the chapters mostly contained information that I have previously read in "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins, and "Sapiens" by Yuval Noah Harari (wi...
  • Cindy Lauren
    Jun 22, 2020
    Love this book- the subject matter, the writing style and the author's points. The writing is excellent, the author makes complex structures and processes clear and accessible. The book is well organized, building on previous information so understanding the more complicated conce...
  • NAT.orious reads ☾
    Jul 05, 2020
    3 STARS ????? This book is for you if? you?re not the kind of science reader that wants his texts to be overly sensational. You will still notice that the author tries to excite her readers with some magnificent facts. ? Overall. Disclaimer: I really want to ...
  • Tretiakov Alexander
    Nov 24, 2020
    Can't say that I learned a lot. Also, even though the author is saying she is trying not to mix science with politics -- she does, which I think detracts from her message. Can't say that I learned a lot. Also, even though the author is saying she is trying not to mix science ...
  • Justine
    Sep 28, 2020
    Thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing an ARC! _________________________________________ I don't really know what I expected from this book, probably something quite hard to understand. It was not: it was accessible, educational and super interesting! ...
  • Aaron Mikulsky
    Nov 26, 2020
    This is a quick and simple book for anyone who wants to better understand how the brain and body works. This website is also a wonderful resource: www.sevenandahalflessons.com Check out the organization Seeds of Peace that brings together young people for cultures that in serious co...
  • Shankar
    Jan 24, 2021
    Quite an interesting read on the science behind our brains. She also debunks some of the more popular ?myths? of recent history. Would recommend overall - short read and interesting too! ...
  • Owen Stephens
    Jan 26, 2021
    This was a beautiful little science treat. Written as a series of 7 essays that flow seamlessly into one book made it incredibly digestible, I call it a science treat because for a science book it wasn't overly... "sciency". With bits of humor and nods to current events ...
  • Amit Verma
    May 30, 2020
    There are so many books about brain and neuroscience. But most of them are bulky and lose track somewhere in the middle. When they enter into exhaustive details, interest of the reader wanes. This one is different. It is concise. It tells so much, but uses so little space. It is very ...
  • Janine Oman
    Jan 01, 2021
    This is a quicker non- fiction science read that reads more like fiction in that it doesn?t get to technical and it is a small volume that is easy to digest. Good little pearls of wisdom included. ...
  • Lorenz Van
    Nov 23, 2020
    Interesting quick read Well written, makes some controversial yet compelling points regarding how our brain works that might just change the future of several brain-related fields such as neuroscience and psychology ...
  • Cole Nesselson
    Jan 25, 2021
    brain's main purpose is biological budgeting called allostasis. It predicts and prepares to meet needs before they arise. It uses the past to predict the future. This is what the brain evolved for: a command center to manage complex bodily systems. Its central mission is to pass o...
  • Sarah
    Jan 10, 2021
    Lisa Feldman Barrett's 7 1/2 Lessons About the Brain is a slim little volume, and timely (more on that in a minute); probably if you haven't spent the last 3-4 years reading all of the neuroscience you could get your hands on, it's more interesting and more informative ...
  • Marcus Smaiz
    Jan 24, 2021
    Awesome book. ...