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Electric Brain: How the New Science of Brainwaves Reads Minds, Tells Us How We Learn, and Helps Us Change for the Better

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What is as unique as your fingerprints and more revealing than your diary? Hint: Your body is emitting them right now and has been every single day of your life.


Analyzing brainwaves, the imperceptible waves of electricity surging across your scalp, has been possible for nearly a century. But only now are neuroscientists becoming aware of the wealth of informat
Hardcover, 470 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by BenBella Books
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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DNF @ p.202

Ugh, my first book of 2020 is a "did not finish"! Noooo!

ELECTRIC BRAIN is not a bad book, the problem is that it is very dense and not that easy to read. Now before you accuse me of being some idiot who dabbles in romance novels and doesn't know what she's talking about (the go-to insult for people on these sites wanting to discredit me, lol), I have a Bachelor's in Psychology (cum laude, y'all) and I used to tutor introducto
Jim Razinha
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Whew. What a book. I was a science/math geek in high school (that would be 40+ years ago) but I didn't take the Advanced Placement Anatomy & Physiology class offered because I wasn't into the squishy (or soft) sciences. I'm an engineer now, and still not, but...I've expanded my interests to polymath levels over the past 25 or so years. I've read a bit, and listened to Great Courses lectures, on the brain and neurology, memory and "disorders", but interesting maybe only to me, none have delved mo ...more
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley

I tried so much with this book, and it did have good information - and yet, reading it was such a chore - like reading a textbook. At one point I didn't think I was going to finish (kidding - way more than one point..)

The book has quite an unfortunate beginning which almost made me abandon it. It starts with some history of discovering brain waves, but it goes round and round and back to the same things, so somehow I had a lot of trouble
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Douglas Fields is not only an expert of the brain, but also a very funny writer. So this book was not only interesting but pretty enjoyable. I found out a lot of things I didn't know either about the story of neurology (where Italian scientists were also involved) or about the brain itself, and I finally learned how does a Neurofeedback works. I would recommend to everybody that is interested in the brain.

Douglas Field non é soltanto un esperto del cervello, ma anche uno scrittore molto diverte
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoopla, foreword, science
Reviewed for Foreword Books INDIES Awards.

This book is a bit confused. It explicitly tells us on the cover and in the first several chapters that it is focusing on brainwaves, and thus we are to understand that things like deep brain stimulation and other invasive procedures are outside the scope of this book. Except that apparently they're not, once we get to some later chapters.

At times this book read like a very long and broad but very superficial review article. It pulled in LOTS of referenc
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, non-fiction
"Electric Brain" talked about the past, present, and potential future of brainwave research. This book was written by someone who is actively researching in this field, so he provided in-depth scientific detail about how the brain works and what the latest research has found. This is not a popular science book. The book started off with a rather gross history of the sometimes unethical research done to discover what brain waves are and how they can be manipulated. If you don't like descriptions ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
After reading through Electric Brain by R. Douglas Fields while self-isolating during a pandemic, I believe I have caught up with the latest in above-board neuroscience developments that might interest me. As expected, like the history of psychology and psychiatry, the history of neuroscience has not always been the most ethical, with dubious and even outright dark figures such as Dr. Berger, a supporting member of the Nazi SS, who went along with the regime's mass eugenics plans, or Dr. Delgado ...more
Darcia Helle
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
How many times can you force yourself to pick up a book before you give up on finishing it?

I didn’t count with this book, but it must have been my eighth or ninth try, when I realized I’d rather clean my bathroom, that I decided this book and I just don’t belong together.

Neuroscience and neuropsychology fascinate me. I read a lot on the topics, so it’s not like I’m new to this area of nonfiction. I had no problem understanding it; my problem was the experience felt like my college days, when I w
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Though Electric Brain is a dense read, it is a valuable one. Dr. Fields is a leading neuroscientist at the forefront of brainwave research. In this in-depth look into neuroscience, he discusses the somewhat-dark origins of the science, dives into present-day research, and looks at how recent discoveries offer exciting possibilities in the future. Our brainwaves offer insight into our mental health, ability to learn, and so much more. With such information medicine, education, technology, etc. co ...more
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was received as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I was actually not sure what I was getting into with this one, neuroscience isn't a topic I have any interest or general knowledge about, but Fields' book is actually extremely easy to read and understand, even as someone who's lacking in the topic! It's definitely something that proves more people need to educated themselves on things that are moving in our world, and this is one I really genuinely liked. I was surprised that the
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Electric Brain by R. Douglas Fields is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early December.

Wow, this is way neurocognitive/scientific, but the topics (i.e. the study and analysis of brainwaves as a subject is under stimuli or while dreaming) are told in a qualitative and approachable way, like the way that Fields travels to historic areas for research and implants themself into their stories. Seeing the humanity and emotion within an experiment both drives a reader's interest and gives the auth
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I skipped blocks of text here and there because it gets pretty granular with details, which may appeal to some readers. Very informative, with rich anecdotes. And in the conclusion, the author discusses the supposed "sonic weapon attacks" on US personnel in Cuba, explaining there is no existing technological capability, evidence or brain science that backs it up. My guess is that if it isn't just a case of mass hysteria, it was a US psyop to isolate Cuba and perhaps implicate Russia. ...more
Stephanie Cassidy
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, ebooks, netgalley
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
When I first requested this book, I found it really intriguing. As I was reading it, however, I felt like it didn't tickle my fancy as much as I would have liked. It was still interesting, though.
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An ultramodern reading with the ability to amaze you, charming and colloquial prose, makes this current topic in neuroscience accessible to anyone. For an intellectual geek, it is an enthralling and memorable journey!
Paul Vogelzang
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly interesting and engaging. Thank you.
Mary Nee
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting but pretty enjoyable book. I would recommend to everybody that is interested in the brain. I learned a lot!
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heather Bennett
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Electric Brain is a interesting book. Clearly the author is knowledgeable about this subject and has a sense of humor also. The book is well written.
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I like the idea of the book but I wasn't really sold on it when I was reading it.
Can't say I found it that interesting
Nicolette Smith
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Very interesting book about the brain, the history of neuroscience and wavelengths. Easy to understand for someone without a science background.
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