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Brain Myths Exploded

Lessons from Neuroscience
Narrated by: Indre Viskontas
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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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.

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  • Jared T Wilsey
  • 14-02-2017

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.

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  • Nisha M Chainani
  • 10-05-2017

Eye Opener

Every chapter was enlightening, informative, an eye-opener. It's the fastest I've finished an audiobook. And I think I wanna listen to it again. The narration was great too.

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  • Wayne
  • 16-08-2019

Worthwhile interpretive opinion

I'm generally not a fan of The Great Courses audio books because of the several options for The Great Courses the audio format is inferior to all others. To actually learn from audio The Great Courses takes considerably more effort from the user than do other formats. BRAIN MYTHS EXPLODED is a very shallow subjective examination of an incredibly complex topic, so the audio format is fine; it is a simple course that is more interpretive opinion than fact. I found the narrator's voice and reading style to be pleasant enough.

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  • Luke
  • 26-05-2017

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.

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  • Wolf.
  • 25-03-2017

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!

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  • Michael Lazris
  • 03-11-2017

Good for Neuro Beginners

This is a great introductory course to neuroscience. As an experienced learner of the subject, I did not find many new facts. If you are a novice and want a better description of how the brain works I would highly recommend

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  • Manoj Jacob John
  • 03-04-2017

Excellent, wonderful insight into our mind working

Loved it. Helps us understand the way we think, believe and act. Hopefully I am all the better for it.

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  • SvP
  • 03-04-2017

Replaces many books at once

This book spoiled some other books for me, which is a good thing. Having a deep understanding of your brain will help in many parts of your life. Many "tricks" I used became more useful, because I understood the reasoning better. The narrator is fun to listen to, and had fun narrating herself. Her enthusiasm was clearly audible.

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  • Melanie
  • 28-04-2017

Connections

Outstanding delivery of the science of what is going on inside your head. This course made the connections between the biology and the behavior. Listen more than once. There's a lot of detail. I like how the information, which was technical in nature, was brought out in ways that made it possible for non scientists to easily understand.

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  • Trebla
  • 04-10-2017

More entertainment than enlightenment

Dr. Viskontas is a gifted presenter and even performer. I envision the best place for this course is on a cruise, one of those fancy ships on a several day tour of the Danube, on which she entertains the passengers between ports. The actual data transmission is more on the high school level, but done in an entertaining way.

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  • Rodney Jones
  • 26-05-2017

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.

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  • C Grenegres
  • 07-01-2019

Rather poor. Not as described.

I was expecting something more representative of the description. It is instead an obvious diatribe on how the brain in all its complexity “evolved”. Very flimsy argumentation throughout even in this regard. The sheer number of incremental changes mentioned by the speaker in producing even the simplest brain is astronomical. Pseudoscience at best.

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  • Avid Reader
  • 19-12-2018

Bit simplistic

This is interesting in parts but of a much lower level academically than the other audiobooks in the great courses series that I’ve listened to.

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  • kasia
  • 28-11-2018

Very interesting and well delivered.

Clear, interesting scientific look but also easy to understand and well delivered. I recommend this course.

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  • E. Boyle
  • 19-10-2018

Fascinating and enjoyable listen.

Really enjoyed the lecturer's style. Great content and really well delivered. Enjoyed thoroughly. Good level of technical content but style approachable for the lay person.

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  • Anjali Shegunshi
  • 23-09-2018

loved it !!

Very informative and engaging. learned so much new about the brain that I never knew before.

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  • S.L.
  • 14-09-2018

fantastic wealth of knowledge

I absolutely loved this course. So informative and easy to follow. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to further their knowledge of Neuroscience

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  • william cirillo
  • 11-09-2018

excellent series

really well presented. great speaker, and fascinating subject
If you have any interest in the way our brain work and define us... this is a must

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  • Sunlight2020
  • 30-08-2018

thanks

Very good all around I am a so happy to listening to this book knowledge
thanks

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  • Verdusa
  • 25-03-2017

very insightful

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

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