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"Great Myths of the Brain" introduces readers to the field of neuroscience by examining popular myths about the human brain.

Explores commonly-held myths of the brain through the lens of scientific research, backing up claims with studies and other evidence from the literature. Looks at enduring myths such as "Do we only use 10% of our brain?," "Pregnant women lose their mi
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 10th 2014 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published September 2nd 2014)
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May 16, 2015 E rated it really liked it
Let me say this--Jarrett has done his homework. Hundreds--and I do mean hundreds--of studies are cited in the course of this book. That's probably the strongest point of the effort.

I don't really like books whose sole aim is to dispel myths--it makes the entire work have a negative tenor--that's not true, this isn't true, neither is that over there. Also, I doubt a lot of these are actually myths. How many people go around believing, "glial cells are little more than brain glue" (Myth #24). Anyb
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Jan 14, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing
I should have given this only four stars, because the Kindle version has some irritating issues. First, a half blank page often turns up; ie, a page will only have text on the upper third/half and not on the rest. Usually this corrects itself if you move back and forth between the pages; sometimes it doesn't. And sometimes the top line of any boxed text is cut off, particularly in the latter part of the book. Secondly, Jarrett time and again refers the reader to a page further on in the book, or ...more
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Sep 30, 2016 Xaverius rated it it was amazing
Citar algunas cosas no replicadas ahora y algunos detalles que refunfuñaría no cambian el veredicto final: Cumple perfectamente la función de no solo refutar mitos si no ofrecer de forma convincente y escueta la alternativa real en un amplísimo abanico de temas, y hacerlo de forma clara y entretenida. Recomendado a cualquiera de interés mismo, porque alguna de las cosas aquí discutidas se mencionan en clases o papers.
Bohdan Galczyk
Feb 06, 2015 Bohdan Galczyk rated it liked it
On the whole, it was a good read. A number of brain myths debunked. But on a few occasions, it seemed as though Jarrett, too, fell prey to contributing to myths of his own. I was particularly taken back by the section on the myth of the chemical imbalance of the brain as an explanation for mental illness. There seemed to be a bit of waffling there. Either it's a myth or it isn't. Still worthwhile reading, if only to remind ourselves to not parrot as knowledge what others would have us believe.
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