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The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain: A 24 Hour Journal of What's Happening in Your Brain as You Sleep, Dream, Wake Up, Eat, Work, Play, Fight, Love, Worry, Compete, Hope, Make Important Decisions, Age and Change

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Have you ever wondered what's happening in your brain as you go through a typical day and night? This fascinating book presents an hour-by-hour round-the-clock journal of your brain's activities. Drawing on the treasure trove of information from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazines as well as original material written specifically for this book, Judit ...more
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Published August 13th 2009 by Jossey-Bass (first published August 1st 2009)
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Susan Berry
The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain is a Scientific American Mind book and it reads that way for familiar with the magazine by the same name. It is a timeline sort of book of the brain’s activities. Examples include what part of the brain controls the appetite, what makes you want to sleep, why is the middle of the afternoon a sleeper, how aging, disease, and defects affect the brain, predispositions, and the like. Every hour of the day is discussed in detail. Some of activitie ...more
Cindy
Apr 21, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairly easy to read book on the brain - if you discount the technical brain terms. I will need to read it again to recall the various neurons and cells but the information was excellent. It dispelled old thinking about the brain, yet was clear that there is a lot that we still don't know. Some of the more interesting parts was how various processes and stress affect behaviour: "…the timing of mylenation and the degree of completion can affect self-control (and why teenagers lack it) and some m ...more
Julie
This was one of those wonderful books that bridges the gap between scientist and lay-person. Each chapter is based on an hour of the twenty-four-hour day (starting at 5 a.m.), and is loosely based around a theme connected to that hour. So, for example, the chapter set at 5 a.m. revolves around what happens in your brain when you wake up; noon is based around eating; 10 p.m. is based around sex, love, and lust. For every chapter, there's an explanation of what's happening in your brain and what e ...more
Melissa
I'm not entirely sure why I didn't enjoy this book very much. It's a topic that fascinates me, and I generally love Scientific American articles, but I found myself picking the book up more out a feeling of obligation than any real desire to read the damn thing. It might be partly due to the fact that, aside from a short color plate insert, there aren't any diagrams and after awhile, all of the names of lesser known brain structures started swimming together in my mind, because I'm a very visual ...more
HBalikov
Oct 31, 2011 HBalikov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does this book give us enough? Is it an accurate picture? Can't answer either question but I enjoyed the read.
The book is divided into 24 hours and each section deals with a key event that illuminates one basic funtion of the brain. The author stitches together research by a variety of sources to fill out the basics and, in most cases, this makes for an easily assimilated bit of knowledge.

No final exam which made the experience a lot easier that if I had to regurgitate any of that information.
Michael
Jan 21, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Accessible content and fresh organization. More depth would have been nice (all the sources are from Scientific American), but I'm glad the book never lagged. It's an easy, practical introduction to the brain.
Nancy
Jan 19, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting. Got lost in the technical terminology a bit, but overall a good in depth discussion of different aspects of how your brain is wired, and what that means to your thinking and behavior.
Robert
Jul 15, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating look at what our brain goes through on a daily basis, as well as a look into some of the more interesting facets of what drives the brain and some of the problems we can run into with our brain.
Alcina
Oct 24, 2009 Alcina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, my mom wrote it so I give it high marks cause I love her. But actually, it was really readable for a lay person like myself and I learned a lot in digestible snippets. Holding my breath for the next one.
Sassan
Jan 18, 2013 Sassan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quite straightforward and interesting book that helps one understanding the inner workings of your brain throughout the 24 hour day. Very interesting and well written. Highly recommended.
Kristin B.
Jan 20, 2010 Kristin B. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I spied this at the library and thought it looked really approachable for the lay person interested in learning how the brain impacts everything. Can't wait to wrap my mind around this :)
Katrece
Jun 08, 2012 Katrece rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing
This book was so helpful in explaining how the brain works; great brief info on seizures; good pictures
Gianfranco Ruffini
A/ alla fine rivedere illustrazioni con spiegazioni. glossario
Lisa
Aug 07, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WHOA. Awesome read.
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