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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jon 06/10/2015
    Jon 06/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Very informative"

    I love professor Medina's personality and passion. He makes it very enjoyable and easy to understand. Recommended to anyone interested in brain function

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Becky 14/03/2016
    Becky 14/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Very enthusiastic and captivating."

    Struggled through the first couple lectures but it really picked up after that. Learnt some very interesting things and got some great advice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bree 23/02/2016
    Bree 23/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "great information, odd delivery"

    I enjoyed the content, a good layperson's guide to the brain. but I really didn't like the delivery, weird cadence and vocal tones, overenthusiastically delivered text, and a strange laughing approach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • discoshrimp
    28/01/15
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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.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    Easley, SC, United States
    22/07/15
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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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A. Reilly
    Boston, MA
    13/05/15
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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.

    10 of 10 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.

    32 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    Brisbane, Australia
    9/03/15
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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.

    30 of 32 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.

    58 of 63 people found this review helpful
  • Raber
    13/05/15
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    "Amazing"

    Educational and informative with a sprinkle of humor. I learned a lot and recommend this to anyone interested in learning about the different functions and structures of the brain.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    KS
    9/03/15
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Marcia
    Las Vegas, NV, United States
    3/01/15
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    "Wish I could give it six stars - Very Engaging!"
    If you could sum up Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement in three words, what would they be?

    Sorry, I can't - But Your best brain could. It covers the whole brain. I LOVED Nero Science in College and this book brought the reason for that passion back to me. The brain is fascinating, when you finish this book one can't help but want to learn more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement?

    For me it was the sections on learning and sleep


    What does Professor John Medina bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I found him to be extremely engaging, I would LOVE to listen to more of his lectures. It was obvious that he has a passion for his subject.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was excited by the knowledge, I would like more books like this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone considering it, it took me about 5 days to listen to the whole thing.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • John Funatake
    Portland, OR
    7/07/15
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    "Great information Actionable and Enthusiastically delivered"

    One of my favorite great courses to date. Highly recommended The professor delivers each section with passion Particularly the final lectures covering exercise, diet, sleep and social bonds have clear calls to action.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Md Lachlan
    London UK
    5/02/15
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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
  • Nkululeko Sibanda
    4/03/15
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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..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    2/03/15
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    7/11/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    21/01/16
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. M. C. Mascall
    England
    27/11/15
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elbe Kuldmäe
    1/11/15
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jb80
    15/08/15
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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 .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    10/06/15
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gharper
    18/03/15
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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