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The Domesticated Brain

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What makes us social animals?
Why do we behave the way we do?
How does the brain influence our behaviour?

The brain may have initially evolved to cope with a threatening world of beasts, limited food and adverse weather, but we now use it to navigate an equally unpredictable social landscape. In The Domesticated Brain, renowned psychologist Bruce Hood explores the relations
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 2014 by Pelican
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Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: psikolojik konularda araştırma yapanlar, bilimsel okuyucu, genel okuyucu
Kitabı beğendim, kesinlikle boş bir kitap değil. Genelde bu tip popüler bilim kitaplarında pek dipnot kaynakça göremezsiniz ama bu kitap cömert bir kaynakçaya sahip. Kitapta en çok beğendiğim bölüm rutin kişisel ilişkilerimizin beyindeki kaynaklarına odaklanmış son bölüm oldu. Bu bölüm sayesinde yalan, kendini kandırma, aldatma, dedikodu gibi unsurların beyindeki temelleri üzerine önemli fikirler edindim.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aslında zevkle okudum Kesinlikle tavsiye ederim okuyun... her ne kadar sosyalleşmeyi (sosyal bir hayvan olmayı) evcilleşme olarak değerlendirilmiş olsa da yazar çok geniş olarak ve bilimsel verilere dayanarak teorisini ispatlamaya çalışıyor.. Özellikle altıncı bölüm çok başarılı

Ancak çeviri yapan arkadaşa 1-2 lafım var doğrusu okuyabilmek ve iyi anlayabilmek için kitabın İngilizcesini de bakmak zorunda kaldım... tamam Türkçe yazacaksın ama biraz abartı olmamış mı? Yorum sizin:

May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
It seems that the domestication produces a reduction in the brain in terms of mass, ie it shrinks and this goes for both men and animals, although in our case we prefer to speak of "ability to live in society more or less extended" . Clearly socialization brings with it the ability of communication and is therefore the researcher's idea that our brain has evolved to be "social", which implies thus the ability to feel various emotions and to empathize and this would also explain the really except ...more
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Why do we need brains? Your first thought must be that we need brains to stay alive. But we also need other organs to stay alive. Hood opens The Domesticated Brain with various intriguing thoughts, even for someone who has taken an introductory psychology course. Nonetheless, as the book goes on, much of the content seems to be an aggregation of past knowledge. In other words, it would be a great book if you're looking for an introduction to humans as social animals and why we behave in certain ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books in the field of Psychology. I enjoyed reading this tremendously and it is a refresher to my rusty knowledge about Psych as it has been a few years since I was minor-ed in Psych at school lol. Having said that, people who are new to the field of Psychology should give this a go because the concepts are easy to comprehend. Hood has also provided a plethora of examples, which made the reading all the more enjoyable and fascinating. Thumbs-up!
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved how succinctly and simply the author crammed so much into such a small tome. I was genuinely pleased by the way he spelled out the chapters on prejudice, the need to belong and act "for others" and social media. Those final two chapters made me rethink many of my own attitudes, smug and clever as i think i am ;)
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bruce Hood - The Domesticated Brain (2014)

Bruce Hood explores how the human brain has adapted throughout the last few millennia to the life of a social animal with a complexity beyond that of any other animal. We start off with the surprising idea that our brains have actually gotten progressively smaller losing some 20% of their mass as our societies have gotten progressively more complex and integrated. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but we have adapted to have the surrounding social wor
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun read on the evolution of the human brain and, most importantly, social behaviour. The author recites an abundance of research findings and proven behavioral biases, although, to his credit, he refrains from admitting closure for topics that still evoke contradictory interpretations. This book does not serve as a mere encyclopedia of facts to be regurgitated during dinner parties; it immerses the reader in the uncomfortable sea of the (relatively) nascent area of behavioral neurosci ...more
Metin Tiryaki
Bruce Hood yazmış bir kitap, aslına bakılırsa ne akar, ne kokar, orta hallice. Ama çevirmen işi resmen batırmış. TDK ‘ya uygun çevireyim diye uğraşırken pek çok yerde “ne diyor bu yahu !” diye düşünüyorsunuz. Örnek vermek gerekirse: kıtkısal, sığa, edim, oydaşma, görüngü, ilkinki, ulam, tözcü, tepke... gibi günlük hayatta kullanılmayan bir sürü kelime mevcut. Kitabın bütünlüğüne ve anlaşılmasına zarar vermiş açıkçası.
Kitabı çok fazla beyin üzerine kitap okumuş biri olarak vasat bulduğumu belirtm
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I borrowed this book from a friend who is working on a PhD in neuroscience in an attempt to understand the science behind human social interaction. A lot of the ideas in the book I was already familiar with, but - for me- it was the first time I learnt how the brain controls our social nature (which was interesting). The book was definitely for beginners and wouldn't be suitable for anyone after in-depth analysis but it was still a decent read.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Clear and covers a variety of material without oversimplifying (much).
The central thesis is that as human digestive systems, intelligence and technology, and lastly climate, led to lifestyle changes from small nomadic tribes to larger settled groups, there was selection for traits facilitating coexistence, and thus we became self-domesticating.
It's fairly convincing, although much of the book concerns peripheral issues and there's not much new here for anyone with basic knowledge in the areas ar
Mark Reynolds
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting book though I am not sure that I believe in all of the summaries and conclusions. Worth reading though. Dipped in and out of during a year so a lot of the pretext was admittedly vague by then.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An accessible, digestible account of a complicated and timely subject. Exactly what a Pelican should be.
Daniella Amalfitano
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was extremely interesting and provides exciting perspective on why humans interact the way they do. If like you Sapiens you will enjoy this read.
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
In dit kleine boekje schetst Bruce Hood, pyscholoog (geweest?) aan de universiteiten van Cambridge en Harvard en tegenwoordig Director of the Cognitive Development Centre van de universiteit van Liverpool, het beeld over onze hersenen, over hoe domesticatie z'n invloed heeft (gehad) op ons doen en laten.

Hij begint met de vergelijking van de hersenen van onze voorouders met de onze, hoe die eerste groter waren en de onze kleiner. Dat zou o.a. te maken hebben met adaptatie, met het wegvallen van
Leland LeCuyer
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Like all Pelican Introduction books, Bruce Hood's The Domesticated Brain is targeted at a general audience. But that doesn't belie the fact that this accessible and well-written book presents an awful lot of cutting-edge information about the rapidly expanding understanding of the brain, consciousness, its evolution, and human nature as a domesticated social animal. What initially drew me to examine this volume was a nagging question about the trade-offs we humans have made along the path to civ ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I usually don't write reviews about books, I simply can't find much to say about them. However, this time I was determined I'd write one, since I received this book in a giveaway.

I used to think that books like this one can't be really light but in the same time gripping reading. In my mind they were meant to educate people although not as seriously as textbooks in schools.
Yet I found Domesticated Brain funny and entertaining. There were many moments I had to force myself to put the book down so
Michael Moseley
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
What has been the effect of man becoming a domesticated animal on our brain? Well the simple answer is that it has shrunk. The long answer is the basis of this book. We have developed new ways of thinks and new brain functions because the needs of a social society (one that advances by cooperation). Many of the things that we perhaps see as quite trivial, like gossip, allegiances and social status are key to this shift in our development and our domination of the world, unlike any other animal. ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
To be domesticated is to understand how to 'behave' in a social setting. But how much of these understanding are part of genetics? and how much of these are influenced by our upbringing? Nature or Nurture? And we born knowing what is morally right and wrong? And are we born racists and sexists? Or are our judgement shaped by the people we are surrounded with? To answer these questions, the book presents results from behavioural and psychology observations of toddlers in different scenarios. They ...more
Vladimir Belov
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Отличная книга про то, как приобретение цивилизованности изменило человеческий мозг, выдвинув социальные связи в обществе между отдельными индивидуумами на самое приоритетное место, даже местами отодвинув физические потребности. Особо понравился эпилог про социальную революцию, которая происходит прямо сейчас.
Sarah Mck
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Found this fascinating on so many levels. I shake my head in wonder why more people don't read these types of books instead of gossip magazines. Entertaining, informing, thought provoking, educating. Ahhhh.
Sukriti Goyal
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
The domesticated brain is one of those books that puts the facts on our platter and slowly let them sink in. I loved the answers that I got about Brain. I certainly recommend everyone to get the answers that we never knew or thought of. Right from the beginning to the end i kept me engrossed :)
Siobhan Irwin
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
excellent. An approachable read for ages 12+ to curious adults.
Hillary Cheah
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book to read for leisure. Simple and intriguing.
Belle Beth Cooper
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Could use some editing for grammar/typos/repetitive writing, but the information was mindblowing.
David Bakker
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hood presents compelling arguments that reframe many psychological theories and principles in terms of evolutionary domestication and associated social changes.
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, ebook
Absolutely brilliant. A great read for those who wish to know a little more about how our brains are just hard-wired to escape rationality.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: popsci, given-lent
Would be a great book for someone looking for a readable overview of social psychology. Nicely written.
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
Fairly interesting but nothing groundbreaking. Seen a lot of the stuff described in other places. Some nice evo/psych but its been done before.
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