... delightful ... Instead of including all the scientific specifics in the book itself (which, quite honestly, could get tedious if you’re reading for pleasure), Barrett handily moves the full explanations and references to her website, sevenandahalflessons.com, and merely includes an appendix with selected details at the back of the book ... Barrett poses some interesting questions ... She writes with precision and clarity ... Barrett uses comparisons to everyday things and practices to help readers understand the brain’s complexity ... interesting concepts such as tuning (strengthening the connections between neurons) and pruning (when less-used connections weaken and die off) are presented in approachable ways ... Some topics are less fun but still worthy of consideration ... sheds some light on our most powerful organ and its intriguing processes.
An excellent education in brain science in seven short chapters and an introduction. Barrett clearly knows her neuroscience. However, like in How Emotions Are Made (2017), the author deftly employs metaphor and anecdote to deliver an insightful overview of her favorite subject ... The narrative is so short and sweet that most readers will continue to the 35-page appendix, in which the author delves more deeply, but with no less clarity, into topics ranging from teleology to the Myers-Briggs personality test to 'Plato’s writings about the human psyche.' Outstanding popular science.