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Brain Myths Exploded Lecture

Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience

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Publisher's Summary

Much of the layperson's knowledge of the brain is predicated on a lack of understanding about this mysterious organ. To start building a more straightforward, accurate understanding of current breakthroughs in neuroscience, you have to start by shattering popular brain myths.

Each of these 24 lectures takes as its focus a single powerful, prevalent brain myth, and uses it as a launch pad from which to explore myriad topics in neuroscience: decision making, memory, dreams, emotions, neuroplasticity, consciousness, mental illness, and much more.

Our memory is an accurate, objective record of the past. Our senses reflect the world as it really exists. Our dreams have hidden meanings. We are only using 10% of our total brain power. Modern technology (including social media) is making us less intelligent. Dr. Viskontas doesn't just settle for obliterating these and other myths. Instead, she replaces them with scientific facts gathered from experiments, research, and case studies. The result is an eye-opening adventure into the latest understanding of why the brain works the way it does.

Whatever order you enjoy these lectures in, you'll be left with insights that will help you better determine the hard scientific truths behind the breaking news (and myths) of tomorrow.

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

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

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    Rodney Jones 26/05/2017
    Rodney Jones 26/05/2017 Member Since 2015

    I am a retired Accountant with two particular literary interests - Ancient Greece (esp. Thucydides ) and Brit. Romanticism (esp.Wordsworth)

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    "A Really Great Course!"

    I have taken very many Great Courses and, without doubt, this has been the best so far. It is both informative as well as accessible and the presentation was uniformly excellent. I can thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in keeping abreast of developments in neuro-psychology or just wants answers to many of the questions about our brain that we all often ask.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Verdusa Coventry 25/03/2017
    Verdusa Coventry 25/03/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "very insightful"

    it was a great listen, it opened my mind and maybe this will help me hack my own brain!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Jared T Wilsey
    14/02/17
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    "Great lecturer, very enjoyable"

    Having read and studied a lot in this area, I did not expect to learn many new fact, or busting of old myths, but in fact I did. And the things I already knew were explained in such an interesting way that I still enjoyed and benefited, will help me to explain things in future. No vocal fry, great speaking voice as well.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Soufiane Benalla
    01/03/17
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    "Very good content"
    If you could sum up Brain Myths Exploded in three words, what would they be?

    The course taps on various day-to-day a practical topics relations to brain functioning and cognition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brain Myths Exploded?

    I liked the practical definitions and real life examples.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    26/05/17
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    "Well picked cherries from field of psychology"

    This series has little to do with 'myth busting' and more to do with a taste testing tour of many emerging and misunderstood areas in psychology. It's also less to about the brain and more about cognitive and behavioral psychology. Nevertheless, Indre does a brilliant job or surveying the literature and takes great care in refraining from pop psychology hyperbole and borrowing on the credibility of science to make her career. This book was not comprehensive on any topic but was masterfully succinct on many. I especially liked her tour of how technology impacts our attention and intelligence for good or bad. Other notable topics include our sleep and our ability to perform depending on it, how we use more than 10% of our brains, neuroplasticity, and cognitive biases. Overall, this series is a surprisingly pleasant treatise on psychology's latest findings that strays from its stated topic (brain myths) in a wonderful way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf.
    Los Angeles
    25/03/17
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    "Answered several most intriguing questions"

    The lecture discussed several interesting topics about our brain like are bigger brains smarter, do you only use 10% of your brain, can you multitask efficiently, can adult brains change for better, and does technology make you stupid?
    The whole lecture provided rich and profound information about our brains yet remained so funny and catching! Indeed learnt a lot!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Moberley
    18/03/17
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    "I like it"

    I followed right along with the narrator. Also, the points of how not all subjects are the same. I'm intrigued by the way our bodies work. I would recommend this.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • D. Norden
    Arlington, VA USA
    24/03/17
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    "wide range of topics"

    Overall informative and good for the beginner (me) with a lot of physiological detail. I found the performance to be slightly overdramatic at times and in fact might have preferred this as an actual series of lectures rather than read in a recording room, but this was very minor and others may disagree. Content-wise, I heard her literally dispel miracles, and at other times suggest other deeply personal experiences to be essentially fabrications of the human mind, which I found to be presumptive, possibly beyond the scope of this audiobook, and probably offensive to a lot of listeners. I found much is the content to be very interesting, but a few parts like miracles and everyone discriminates (next to last chapter) to not quite live up to the scientific rigor established elsewhere.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • John
    United States
    01/06/17
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    "Definitely a good read for interest in cognition"

    I've been listening to more and more books about the brain and cognition and plasticity. This book does a great job of discussing all of the above. I think anyone would such an interest will find Great Value in the story and the performance was well done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cariad Chester
    12/03/17
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    "Perfect mix of information and entertainment"

    I just finished Brain Myths Exploded and loved every minute of the course. Indre does an incredible job mixing high-quality information with an entertaining delivery. Lots of great anecdotes and explanations delivered in memorable and accessible ways. I would absolutely recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about the brain. I studied neuroscience in college and found Indre's summaries and commentary much more enjoyable and clearer than my classes!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • l. ballee
    07/08/17
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    "Will listen through again!"

    So many interesting lecture topics and so clearly explained! I definitely recommend it and will probably listen through again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iKlick
    NC USA
    21/07/17
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    "Good basic lectures."

    The speaker covers much ground, and most of the topics were interesting. I liked that she made numerous references to studies and published literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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