... a friendly, personable voice that makes the complexities of the brain accessible ... includes ground-breaking research that may change some of what you thought you knew about yourself and your mind. Most psychology textbooks and research focus on what our brains have in common, but Prat is also very interested in how they vary. Although some of the footnotes can detract from the flow of the narrative, they are easily skipped or returned to. Prat includes simple tests and puzzles to illustrate her points and provides numerous footnotes that sometimes add substance and other times whimsy to her narrative ... A highly readable, entertaining, and authoritative book. Recommended for all non-specialists interested in how the brain works.
... lively and informative ... While her basic thesis isn’t unique, Prat goes a step further in exploring the implications of the nature-nurture connection ... There are lots of funny footnotes as well as cutting-edge research and her informal tone goes a long way in making her subject both understandable and enjoyable. This work of popular science sets itself apart.
... a fascinating reverse-engineered exploration of brain design and how methods of thought and behavior are unique to each individual, creating 'the story of you' ... Numerous candidly written footnotes add comedic flair to the narrative, which will be appreciated by readers eager but intimidated to learn how and why their brains generate thoughts, feelings, and decision-making patterns. While Prat doesn’t aim to provide specific diagnoses for mental illnesses, she shines a positive light on how the brain operates from the inside out and from the outside in ... An informal, highly accessible tour of neuroscience for general readers.