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Summary

Considering everything the brain does, how can it possibly be the source of our personalities, dreams, thoughts, sensations, utterances, and movements? 

Understanding the Brain, a 36-lecture course by award-winning Professor Jeanette Norden of Vanderbilt University, takes you inside this astonishingly complex organ and shows you how it works. With its combination of neurology, biology, and psychology, this course helps you understand how we perceive the world through our senses, how we move, how we learn and remember, and how emotions affect our thoughts and actions. Your tour starts with the organization of the central nervous system at the gross, cellular, and molecular levels, then investigates in detail how the brain accomplishes a host of tasks - from seeing and sleeping to performing music and constructing a personal identity. 

You explore a broad range of exciting topics in neuroscience and come away with a deeper knowledge of how the brain is organized - and a feeling of wonder and appreciation for all that it accomplishes. 

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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Tedious

The content is detailed and comprehensive and I certainly learned a great deal. However, the presenter, although very knowledgeable, does not do it justice. To this UK English speaker her accent was distracting and her use of grammar was not appropriate. For example she continuously used the phrase "...is going to be..." when simply " ...is... " should be used. It really does become annoying. But worse, she is clearly referring to visual aids which are not available to the listener. As such, this course is not suitable for sale in Audible unless all aids are available in the pdf and signposted in the presentation.

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Excellent teacher

I love it, Jeanette Norden is a very good teacher. She explains it so you can easily understand it.

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great course... but only half value without images

I would have loved to watch this course but in audio it was frustrating. She is a great presenter, but she keeps pointing to the brain model, brain tissue samples, diagrams and MRI images. The other courses in the series were more adapted to listening only. I strongly recommend you buy this course, but on video, not on audio.

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  • Brian
  • 27-02-20

More Pictures and Diagrams

Hard to follow many portions of the lecture without more illustrations and diagrams included in the PDF.

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  • AARON ANDRADE
  • 16-10-19

More in depth into neuroscience than expected

More in depth into neuroscience than expected.
Also many references to visual aids I do not have access to.

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  • George H.
  • 23-05-19

This is essentially a scam

This material is not made to be listened to in audiobook format.

It requires the video to be understood, 90% of the first 2 chapters is her pointing at stuff on a (presumably) whiteboard or video-projection we can't see. And instructions such as "This thing here" don't help when all you have is the audio and a PDF with images.

Now, going past that, the books itself presents information in a seemingly very bad way, I haven't gone through all of it (due to the previously mentioned error) but it seems to fall into the age-old mistake of describing rather than exemplifying and explaining.

It concerns itself with describing what the various areas of the brain are called and the history behind the names... but I wanted to understand the FUNCTION of the brain from this books, that's what the title implies, and it doesn't seem to do that, at all.

It's boring, it managed to spend 1 hour emparting literally no information that my brain cared to remember, which is a rather impressive feat, assuming that's what you were aiming for.

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  • sranine
  • 12-02-21

Obviously a video without image

The only frustrating thing is that the professor is OFTEN referring to something to look at, which does not even appear in the accompanying pdf. Feels cheap to cut the audio from a video and call it an audiobook. :/

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