Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life

A tour of cutting edge brain research reevaluates the essence of human personality, explaining how the brain predicts and processes events, citing the sources of creativity and ideas, and offering insight into neurochemistry.
Mind Wide Open Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life A tour of cutting edge brain research reevaluates the essence of human personality explaining how the brain predicts and processes events citing the sources of creativity and ideas and offering ins

  • Title: Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
  • Author: Steven Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780743241656
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. عندما تسمع خبراً سيئا لك ماذا يحدث في دماغك ؟فالواقع تنفجر في رأسك أستجابتان في مراكز اللغه والذاكرة تعمل على حل شفرة المعنى وتضعة في مقدمة مركز وعيك، وبنفس الوقت هناك جهاز مساعد في تحت القشرة يستجيب للخبر السي فيفرز هرمون الكورتزول ومواد كميائيه اخرى في عموم مخك وجسدك الكر [...]

    2. If I was to sign up for a religion it would really have to offer me much more than the chance to chant “Holy, Holy, Holy” at the right hand of God for the rest of eternity. One of the things that would nearly sway me would be if it gave me a change to do and be all of the things there just isn’t time in one life to be and do. And if I was converted to this particular religion one of the lives that would be on the top of the list would have to be some sort of brain scientist type person – [...]

    3. Disturbingly simple depiction of the mind. Johnson is unquestionably in awe of the brain. His awe seems to have impaired his skepticism. The result is that he sensationalized what he learned and at times provided absolutely false information as if it were fact. For example, He is under the assumption that the better people are at reading emotions, the more extroverted. Where is the evidence for such an absurd claim? This is why extraverts often misdiagnose introverts with autism, when in fact th [...]

    4. OLD: some interesting bits, but a little too everyday and wandering for me? but only 1/3 done and won't judge until the endW:It feels like Steven Berlin Johnson set out on a quest to understand his own mind, kept a diary about it, and decided to publish it when he reached a conclusion. He doesn't delve too deeply into either the science or the anecdotes, and I lost his train of thought several times. It's a neat exploration, but a bit too self-indulgent to be a really compelling story for a read [...]

    5. I really liked this book. Each chapter focused on a different aspect of the mind. For example, one chapter discussed our ability to "mindread" other people, referring to how we can read subtle cues about a person's mood, whether they are lying, etc. from their facial expressions, tone, etc. and we have no idea we can even do this. He points out that we DO usually sense that we enjoy conversing with some people more than others even when the content of hte conversations is largely the same, and p [...]

    6. This is a pretty fascinating book. It gets a little annoying whenever Johnson tries to pimp it out as a self-help book ("learning about your brain can help you!" blah blah), but luckily, it's NOT a self-help book -- it's an informative book about how your brain functions and how he went about exploring (via MRI and neurofeedback, etc.) about how his brain works. (I'm guessing he thought trying to pass it off as self-help would increase his audience?)The chapter on attention was a tiny bit dull f [...]

    7. This is a really excellent look at how neuroscience relates to our everyday emotional lives. One of the most interesting bits to me was the discussion of the way that we remember trauma. Research now shows that a lot of conventional wisdom about trauma is flat-out wrong; in particularly, this book suggests that if "talking out" a traumatic event reproduces the fear response (increased heart rate, etc.), it may cause the fear produced by the memories to become more firmly etched, not less. This m [...]

    8. سجن العقلستيفين جونسونترجمة/ أحمد مستجيرتستهويني الكتب التي تتحدث عن العقل، وقدراته البحوث الدائرة حوله، تستوي في ذلك الكتب التي تتحدث من منظور فلسفي، او التي تتحدث من منظور علمي، لذلك حظي هذا الموضوع بعدد من قراءاتي هذا العام.وللدكتور مستجير مكانة خاصة بين المترجمين العر [...]

    9. Good stuff, if a little dated now. Lots of interesting info about brain mechanics and the psychic 0inner-world. Not too much overt speculation or blah blah about evolutionary biology. Know thyself.

    10. Steven Johnson explores neuroscience in a very accessible way by describing his journey to understand his own brain. He submits himself to MRIs, biofeedback machines, neurofeedback machines, and other neurological testing to gain insight into how his own brain (and all of our brains too) function on a daily basis. He closes with a section about Freud, and how neuroscience, while showing the need to update or alter some of Freud's theories about psychoanalysis, does not totally replace them. John [...]

    11. Dentro de las revisiones de las neurociencias, por personas, incluidos periodistas involucrados directamente con alguna área particular, sin la formación científica propiamente dicha, es a veces más disfrutable que leer los artículos médicos, porque como dice Chaitin, los teoremas son mentiras que te acercan a la verdad. Lo mismo digo. A partir de situaciones de vida: el bloqueo creativo, la fobia a las ventanas de vidrio en medio de tormentas intensas, te vas dando cuenta que hay científ [...]

    12. What Johnson does well is break down complex scientific topics with clear prose and interesting real life examples. Sometimes I sense that he is oversimplifying things, but overall I like his style. Here's the good news: we can read minds. Our brains can read subtle clues in facial expressions, body language and voice intonations. This happens in the subconscious, below our radar (or, outside of the "Executive Branch," as Johnson calls the conscious mind). Pretty cool. We also are high on drugs [...]

    13. Good book. I think I would have given this a higher rating if I had read it when it was published in 2004, since I've read a half-dozen books since then that explore similar material. Indeed the more recent books from contemporaries like Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah Lehrer, Blink and How We Decide (respectively) are good examples, get the benefit of more recent studies and analysis. None of this is Johnson's fault of course, which is why I feel compelled to note it here, but it affected my engagem [...]

    14. I agree with other readers that this book contained mostly information I already knew. This was not unexpected as it is roughly my field of expertise and the book was published in 2004- written about current understanding of the brain. The brain is our body's most complex organ, & perhaps the most complex thing known to man. Within 5 years of my completing school, fundamental ideas about the brain (ex. We don't grow new neurons) were not only being challenged but being disproven. All that be [...]

    15. This is a solid intro in to Brain Science worthy of 3.5 stars.I got a few things out of it:* Freud attracted a large audience because you didn't need to be mentally ill to get something out of it* Duchenne smiles* Experiments prove that Human's remember pain in a separate location from memories* Your brain is nothing but drugs, constantly going in and out* One of the effects of Prozac is the removal of rejection sensitivity* Prefrontal Cortex function is reduced when you are sad and increased wh [...]

    16. Steven Johnson wanted to know what his brain was doing when he felt/did different things, why he felt/did different things, and to what extent all human brains are the same/different. He went to lots of specialists, got hooked up to various brain-reading machines and wrote this book about his experiences. It was really fun to read and really interesting. Warning: it does offer theories explaining how chemicals in our brain are responsible for all emotions, including love, so if you don't want to [...]

    17. Not one of my favorite Steven Johnson books. Although the premise for the book is an interesting one--that the basics of neuroscience can provide us with tools to discover new things about our attitudes and actions on an everyday basis--I felt the book was just too navel-gazing. When in doubt, Johnson talked about himself and his issues. A set of short case studies might have been more interesting.

    18. Read like a magazine article. Light reading, but I expected less of a personal narrative and more referenced studies. He provided notes at the back, but it didn't complement the main text as it should have — it felt like the notes provided an excuse for not writing about the the subject in depth. It did have some interesting parts though. However, if I really wanted further information, I suspect I'd have to read a book by one of the scientists he references.

    19. الكتاب ممتاز , لكن الترجمه ليست مناسبة نهائيا وفيها شيى من التعقيدفي توصيل مايريدة الكاتب "الكتاب علمي ولاتناسبة ترجمه صارمه مثل هذه

    20. أعتقد ان كل الكتب المتعلقه بمحاولة فهم طريقه عمل الدماغ معقدة مهما حاول المؤلفواذا كانت مترجمه حيزداد التعقيدافادني بصورة ما واتمنى ان ابقى محتفظه بتلك المعلومات

    21. Very interesting read. I find the information useful. So, our brain is an assemblage of modules, with some having more autonomy than others. These modules and submodules interact but can also be in conflict with each other, and are constantly doing a balancing act. When these modules are out of sync, we get anxious and stressed. Just like the real world, where there are differing opinions and schools of thoughts. Our brain need to process these information, with the end goal of us having a unifi [...]

    22. A truly thought-provoking look into how and why our brain operates in many ways that it does and provides some interesting approaches that can change the way you look at your interactions with other people, how you engage them, how you listen (or don't), and how that understanding can help shape or change how you approach these ideas in the future.

    23. Se regodea demasiado en sí mismo, pero tiene cosas muy rescatables. Mi parte favorita es aquella en la que se propone examinar el psicoanálisis freudiano desde la óptica de los avances neurológicos, y encuentra que el psicoanálisis no está superado sino todo lo contrario.

    24. If I was to sign up for a religion it would really have to offer me much more than the chance to chant “Holy, Holy, Holy” at the right hand of God for the rest of eternity. One of the things that would nearly sway me would be if it gave me a change to do and be all of the things there just isn’t time in one life to be and do.

    25. In a nutshell, this is Johnson’s story about his foray into locating the secrets of the/his human brain (at least per available technology circa 2003) with the ultimate goals of both offering his audience a basic understanding of the chemical nature of mental activity and reframing Freudian thought in the context of a more sophisticated understanding of these processes (positioning the Freudian model as essentially empirical and necessarily metaphorical as a distant precursor to certain techno [...]

    26. El libro revela aspectos del cerebro de manera contundente, sin embargo, la presentación es minuciosa y anecdótica. Algunas de las cosas que dice: Ningún mortal es capaz de guardar un secreto (Freud). La sutileza de las expresiones es asombrosa. 412 emociones únicas. Los recuerdos se reescriben cada vez que son activados. La mejor tecnología es indistinguible de la magia. Entre los mamíferos, sólo el 5% muestra esta especie de conducta monógama y biparental. La risa es uno de los estados [...]

    27. 3.5 starsI enjoyed reading most of this book and learned a few things I didn't know about the brain and topics such as the fight or flight response, biofeed back, being in "the zone", and how hormones affect behavior. This book is mostly written for a lay audience, but there were occasional complicated science words thrown in to remind us that the topic was supposed to be hard. The metaphors and examples that the author used to explain some of the complex topics were useful, but on the other han [...]

    28. Johnson brings understandable, conversational language to one of the most imposing and important sciences of the modern time: the study of the brain. He's upfront about reducing his subject to a few chemicals and parts of the brain, making the five major chapters a sort of sturdy introduction to neuroscience. What he picks are some of the most fascinating bits, like oxytocin, a chemical found in high doses in the brains of new couples and women who have recently given birth. Is this the love dru [...]

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