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Neuroscience of Everyday Life

Narrated by: Professor Sam Wang
Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
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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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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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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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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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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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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just no

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 Hopefully just outdated.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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • laurel2012
  • 04-08-19

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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  • Benjamin Krotin
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Robin Q
  • 14-05-19

Hated school, loved this!

Maybe because I hate sitting and listening to lectures might be why this was so wonderful to walk, hike and listen. Speaker was awesome, subject matter fascinating!!!

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