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Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement Lecture

Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

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Inside your head sits the most complex object in the known universe - the human brain. This amazing organ has unique powers to make predictions about the future, form relationships with other people, adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, and so much more. We all have a basic conception of how our brains function, but when did you last dive into the fascinating world of neuroscience to truly understand the inner workings of your mind?

For decades, the field of neuroscience has been in a near-constant state of disruptive transformation, as we continually learn more about our incredible brains. Thanks to rapid advances in technology and in our understanding of the brain, today’s neuroscience research goes far beyond trying to understand how the brain works, and into the search for proven ways to optimize brain performance. In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator; the ways in which the brain processes information, and how that relates to intelligence; the intricacies of emotions and socialization, and how empathy is a vital survival mechanism; how our brains develop and change throughout our lifetimes; and how we can best use and expand our cerebral processing performance. After gaining a thorough understanding of the science behind your best brain, you’ll learn scientifically proven methods for improving your memory, boosting your creativity, and keeping your mind sharp for years to come.

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    Md Lachlan London UK 05/02/2015
    Md Lachlan London UK 05/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Good information slightly marred by presentation"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator has a lot to say but the style of the delivery is perhaps more suitable to early adolescents or pre-teen children than to adults. He is so keen to be accessible and easy to understand that it sometimes comes over as a little patronising. 'Don't get intimidated by all those long words, now!' He seems an affable enough chap but could do with trusting his audience a little more.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 07/11/2016
    Susan 07/11/2016
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    "Fantastic, just what I wanted"

    Great explanations of how the brain works in relation to our feelings emotions and general wellbeing and how to optimise it's functions. Well read in a way that holds your interest and even quite amusing at times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jb80 15/08/2015
    Jb80 15/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow brain tastic"

    This course is really well put together , the narrators enthusiasm for his subject is great the explanations and detail into each chapter are exceptional , if your a novice with a keen interest in understanding the mechanics of the brain and its fundamental functions upon human behaviour you will be so glad you invested the time to listen as it has helped me with my study and it will help you too , once you have listened thru once you will find yourself dipping into each lecture of choice and absorbing a little more with every listen , great investment in your time .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gharper 18/03/2015
    Gharper 18/03/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Very useful, and interesting! "

    Particularly enjoyed the sections about keeping your mind healthy and mental health problems. I would particularly recommend this course to anyone looking to get a better understanding of their thought processes and how they can improve them, but anyone else should also find it interesting

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nkululeko Sibanda 04/03/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but too much anecdotes and movies references"

    Although all the movie references were correct, I tend to think that too much references to them leads inexperienced readers to think that these are usually fact based. While most apply facts a huge chunk of even science or fact based TV programs respond to the need to entertain than provide reference material..

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    Chris 02/03/2015
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    "Really interesting"

    Really liked this, found the lecturer a bit irritating at first but he grew on me! Content very good, and great for anyone who is looking for an induction to brain function.

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    Paul 21/01/2016
    Paul 21/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    ""Weapon of mass instruction""

    Professor John Medina is brilliant! Brain Science is Brilliant! John's narration makes it fun and accessible to all. Look forward to hearing it all again!

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    J. M. C. Mascall England 27/11/2015
    J. M. C. Mascall England 27/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "The Best Introduction"

    I have loved this course and have found myself craving the next insight to human brain function.
    John Medina's presentation style is ebullient and engaging and he comes across as a warm, friendly and passionate teacher.
    As an interested commuter with time on my hands (and not a psychology student) the content is all the introduction to brain geography and, subsequently, human behavior I was after and I will be seeking out more in depth material on the lectures that particularly grabbed my attention.
    From recognising aspects of my own behaviour to why the hell your kid is acting that way, I highly recommend this course.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elbe Kuldmäe 01/11/2015
    Elbe Kuldmäe 01/11/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent ride through important issues!"

    I truly enjoyed this scientifically rich yet easy to listen course spiced with well-balanced sense of humour! Full marks!

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    Ben 10/06/2015
    Ben 10/06/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting and stimulating"

    Presented in an easy to understand and fun style Prof Medina introduces you to the complexities of the Brain. If you're interested in an introduction to neuro-science and how your brain ticks then worth a listen.

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    "Beautifully Clear and Entertaining"

    In all of creation, the least likely thing ever to be well understood is the human brain. Professor Medina spins what we know and the fuzzy parts we think we know into an engaging and entertaining story. Easy to follow and peppered with fascinating anecdotes and examples, this is a good listen for anyone, regardless of educational level or background in the sciences. As an MD and son of a neurology professor, it is the best telling of this story I have yet found.

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  • discoshrimp
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    "Great Narrator"

    wow! I am blown away by the narrator in this book. He is charismatic and very well informed. His cadence and tone really hook you and keep you paying attention; you can practically hear his smile as he peppers in anecdotes and real world situations to support what he is speaking about. I highly recommend this audio book.

    40 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • A. Reilly
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    "Mind blowing!"

    This is one of the greatest of the great courses. I found the lectures compelling, timely and well-explained. I even re-listened to a few segments because they were so fascinating. Awesome series! I highly recommend this one.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
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    09/03/15
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    "Have no doubt, this is worth it!"
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    If you are interested in brain science or human behaviour this courses is well worth your time and money. The course is informative with the material being presented in an easily digestible form that doesn't dumb it down too much. I have listened to numerous books and courses on these topics and this course is the best for beginners and those wanting a refreshing refresher. The lecturer tries to maximise the presentation of the topics so you will remember them.Ultimately, this is one of the best purchases I have made, and is probably the best of The Great Courses I have listened to.

    Note. The lecturer sounds like a slightly higher pitched, slightly more excitable Penn Jillette and that might not work for everyone. I like Penn Jillette, so it was a bonus for me.

    41 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Raglan, New Zealand
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    "Brainy but not nerdy"

    This lecture series teaches you about the structure and function of the brain, and is also packed with practical tips on how to get the best out of your own brain.

    What makes this lecture series stand out from the rest is the ‘lecturer’. I’ve put that word in quote marks because he’s so unlike the standard lecturer that it doesn’t feel right to use the regular word. He’s more like the host of a children’s TV programme, in the nicest possible way. He’s incredibly animated, frequently rising to peaks of excitement that send his voice into a shrill falsetto. That’s his style, to come across as being spectacularly enthused about his subject. He doesn’t sound like an academic, but he clearly knows his stuff and he shares this knowledge using lots of anecdotes and metaphors to illustrate an array of fascinating facts about an organ that just sits there, with the consistency of tofu, and doesn’t appear from the outside to do a fat lot. Appearances can be deceptive.

    The practical tips are about a number of things: How to keep your brain alive and well for longer, how to improve your memory, how to avoid stress, and the importance of sleep. All good stuff and well worth a listen.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    10/02/15
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    "The standard fare for brain science"

    The breadth of this lecture series is considerable, although I was hoping for a little more depth. The lecturer is very careful to qualify his information with peer reviewed research, which is refreshing. I guess I primarily had hoped that there was more new information out there, since I had already heard much of this from other sources. Narrated well. The lecturer is a skilled public speaker who knows how to maintain attention during a lecture.

    69 of 75 people found this review helpful
  • Barry Rinehart
    Florida
    27/01/15
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    "Blow your mind with brain knowledge"

    John Medina needs his own TV show. What a great set of lessons and easy to understand communication. Accessible, entertaining, evocative, inspiring. Thank you.

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    KS
    09/03/15
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    "Very enjoyable."

    Informative and easy to understand. For all my fellow baby boomers a positive and instructive listen. I highly recommend to all ages.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Douglas
    04/03/15
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    "Essential Listening for All who Own a Brain"

    Brilliant!
    Prof Medina is a gifted lecturer & presents the material with the confidence and passion of an expert in the field. Essential listening for all who own a brain....

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Olson
    Denver, Colorado
    03/07/15
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    "This was a great work of non-fiction."
    Would you listen to Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement again? Why?

    I have been in the medical field for over 30 years and found the science behind sleep, memory, emotion and other functions of the brain fascinating. You don't need to be knowledgeable in the medical arts to enjoy this book however. The Author and narrator is wonderful. He breaks down his subject in such a way that anyone will understand what he is talking about. The Professor wrote and narrates the book. He is jovial and obviously enjoys sharing his knowledge with you. You will learn why you feel as you do and it will make sense to you the way he has written the book. It is presented as a series of lectures and very easy to follow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved learning new facts about the brain and its workings.


    Which character – as performed by Professor John Medina – was your favorite?

    There was no characters in this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. the lectures were engaging, entertaining and full of interesting facts. I will listen to this book again simply to remember all the details the Professor spoke of.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you aren't medical give this book a listen. It is one of the best nonfiction offerings I have read.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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