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A leading neuroscientist explains why your personal traits are more innate than you think.  

What makes you the way you are - and what makes each of us different from everyone else? In Innate, leading neuroscientist and popular science blogger Kevin Mitchell traces human diversity and individual differences to their deepest level: in the wiring of our brains. 

Deftly guiding us through important new research, including his own groundbreaking work, he explains how variations in the way our brains develop before birth strongly influence our psychology and behavior throughout our lives, shaping our personality, intelligence, sexuality, and even the way we perceive the world.  

We all share a genetic program for making a human brain, and the program for making a brain like yours is specifically encoded in your DNA. But, as Mitchell explains, the way that program plays out is affected by random processes of development that manifest uniquely in each person, even identical twins. 

The key insight of Innate is that the combination of these developmental and genetic variations creates innate differences in how our brains are wired - differences that impact all aspects of our psychology - and this insight promises to transform the way we see the interplay of nature and nurture.

©2018 Princeton University Press (P)2018 HighBridge Company

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  • John M. Hilliard
  • 25-01-2019

Excellent overview.

This is an excellent overview of a subject that perturbs the thinking of many, perhaps most people. The state of knowledge in this field has come in a rush in recent decades, and I am grateful for this rigorous general update.

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  • abdul mansoory
  • 14-02-2020

Very informative

Very informative, love his personal opinion part at the end of the book. This Book starts dry but it get interesting after fist chapter.
I am neither a scientist nor science a student. I guess I have some background college in biology on during my youth . Now I am 47 and suddenly interested in brains and it’s function.. The audible and long commute in los angles helped lessened to lots of great books about the subject.This book was certainly one of those great books.

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  • H. P.
  • 09-02-2022

Clear and balanced

Rarely, for a science-heavy audio book, the narration is precise and follows a cadence indicating that the meaning is understood. This, combined with superbly clear writing makes complex concepts easy to take on board.

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  • Daniel
  • 16-02-2019

Doesn't sugarcoat, doesn't over simplify.

Tackles the concept of genetic predispositions in an engage, honest and understandable manner. Cheers Prof. Mitchell.

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  • M.T
  • 25-10-2018

Myopic

"Environment" in this book appears to be mostly determined as a set of events cognitively experienced by one, rather than absolutely everything that occurs outside a single event. In fact I'd go as far as to say the nature and dynamics of inheritance relies solely on environment. The author may touched on this briefly, but only incredibly superficially and failed to give proper gratitude to environment. The author made a ridiculous effort of giving into the tired argument of nature vs nuture, which is binary, overplayed, boring and most definitely not at all adequately descriptive of the human brain. Nicely written however.

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