Bookmarks Magazine's Reviews > Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
by Steven Johnson
What would you learn if you "could see what your brain looked like when it was remembering a long-forgotten childhood experience, or listening to a song, or conceiving a good idea?" The answer: a lot, but we still have much to discover about the complicated circuits run by experience, memory, emotion, and brain chemistry. This topic could have scared away non-scientists, but Johnson (a non-scientist) explains technical terms clearly and enthusiastically, using personal examples to illustrate key concepts. Some readers might question his claims; does a baby's crying result more from chemistry than emotion? Despite its uncertain conclusions and relevance to, say, PTSD, Mind Wide Open is an excellent introduction to the complex feedback system that defines our daily experiences.
This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.