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Summary

Your nervous system is you. All the thoughts, perceptions, moods, passions, and dreams that make you an active, sentient being are the work of this amazing network of cells. For many centuries, people knew this was true. But no one was sure how it happened. Now, thanks to the exciting new field of neuroscience, we can chart the workings of the brain and the rest of the nervous system in remarkable detail to explain how neurons, synapses, neurotransmitters, and other biological processes produce all the experiences of everyday life, in every stage of life. 

From the spectacular growth of the brain in infancy to the act of learning a skill, falling in love, getting a joke, revising an opinion, or even forgetting a name, something very intriguing is going on behind the scenes. 

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Disappointing

This was a filmed series of lectures and no attempt was made to make it suitable for a listening-only audience.
It was originally presented in 2010, which means some of the content is out of date.
Neither of these criticisms are the responsibility of Professor Wang. They are the responsibility of Audible. Disappointed.

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Very informative lectures but...

It would be more even more so if we could actually see on the PDF all the diagrams he is clearly referring to in the lecture. Frustrating.

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Solid information presented in an interesting way

I've read many books on neuroscience and done several other of the Great Courses programs in this area too. Much of the information is covered in other books and courses, however, I still learned some new things and consolidated some past learning. I am generally a fan of these courses and am happy to recommend this as being a high-quality program.

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An interesting and accessible introduction

I enjoyed Professor Sam Wang's introduction to neuroscience. He smoothly gives a very gentle introduction to a fascinating and complex science with concrete examples and relatable life experiences. Recommended!

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Excellent. Just missing the visuals

Refers at times to images we can't see. Otherwise excellent. Very informative and useful for coaches

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really good and easy to understand

I really thought this book was going to be difficult to follow, but with each chapter I was able to follow as I am still learning and the story teller makes it an easy listen.

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Refers to being autistic as a disorder. Somewhat alienating. And inaccurate. Hopefully just outdated. Hopefully.

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  • 03-04-19

Release date!

This course was released by Great Courses over 10 years ago! When I ordersed it, I thought it was a new updated edition, It is NOT. It is the same course. You need to lost theoriginal date of release

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enjoyed it

I definitely enjoyed this audio book. Who work in the medical field so a lot of the information was relevant to my job. I'm not sure how much someone who works outside of medicine or science would like it. I do have a few complaints though the 1st being that it's clearly adapted from some kind of video or in person lecture as the narrator at times referred to things that we obviously can't see just listening to the audio. The other complaint I have against it is that at times I think the Narration could be more concise and not elaborate quite so much on case examples. But over all I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others

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  • 14-04-20

Handel's religion well

When it came time to talk about religion you showed respect for everyone. I am a conservative Christian, meaning pro Trump and enjoyed every word. Thank you!

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  • 23-04-19

Abundantly informative

As a stroke survivor, I’m significantly better off now that I’ve been able to absorb the abundance of knowledge contained within this book. The material is very well presented and never unnecessarily dense.

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  • 24-07-21

frustrating

refers to diagrams and movies during lectures. interesting but missed out on much content due to said movies and diagrams which are NOT in accompanying PDF!

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  • Kaela
  • 01-08-20

A window into the brain

Most absorbing. It has given me an insight into how the brain functions. Symphonic and slick.

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  • 08-05-19

Love it

It really covers everything you always wanted to know and it really makes you think deeper about your everyday life.

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  • Fernando Amador
  • 30-07-20

Something to be compulsory from cradle to grave

It is hard to imagine, impossible to foresee the huge universe that we are going to discover in our brain, the source of our mind, in a thousand years—therefore we must teach from the very beginning of our education what we already know. In so doing, we nourish a human being fully aware of his/her essence.

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  • TheGymPress
  • 21-05-20

Great review of the current state of neuroscience

I enjoyed this title. It spans a range of important topics in neuroscience, like child development, emotions and cognition. A great feature is that the presenter discusses each topoc in terms of observation, neural circuits and Molecular biology.

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  • Christian Lawrence
  • 19-08-21

Great!

I found the topics of discussion were fantastic. The delivery was good. Remember, this is not an extremely detailed course on the cell biology of the nervous system, it's a more general overview of the field and fields of study of Neuroscience. Well worth the listen.