Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:9.29in x 6.27 x 1.28 in | 1.24 lb
Page Count:384 pages
A FRESH ANGLE ON AN EVERGREEN SUBJECT: Books on brain science are always a popular topic, but Chantel Prat’s take is truly fresh and new.
EXAMPLES YOU CAN’T GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD: With examples, tests, and quizzes throughout, the book will help readers learn about their own brains as they also master the general concept.
GREAT, ACCESSIBLE WRITING: Chantel Prat uses examples from her own life, family, and lab to illustrate her points, making the book truly relatable, fun, and memorable.
SERIOUS PLATFORM AND CONNECTIONS: Chantel is well known in the science world, and her work has already been profiled in places like NPR and Rolling Stone.
“Move over, outer space—this book is a dazzling tour through inner space. Chantel Prat has a rare, remarkable gift for making neurons sing and dendrites dance, and she’s written the smartest, clearest, and funniest book I’ve ever read about the brain.”
—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
“Prat wants to help readers understand their brain…. She does so in a friendly, personable voice that makes the complexities of the brain accessible…. A highly readable, entertaining, and authoritative book. Recommended for all non-specialists interested in how the brain works.”
—Library Journal (starred)
“Numerous candidly written footnotes add comedic flair to the narrative, which will be appreciated by readers eager but intimidated to learn how and why their brains generate thoughts, feelings, and decision-making patterns….. [Prat] shines a positive light on how the brain operates from the inside out and from the outside in. An informal, highly accessible tour of neuroscience for general readers.”
“Prat…covers the nature of the human brain in her lively and informative debut…There are lots of funny footnotes as well as cutting-edge research—on nematode nervous systems, for example—and her informal tone goes a long way in making her subject both understandable and enjoyable. This work of popular science sets itself apart.”
“In The Neuroscience of You, Chantel Prat pulls off the nearly impossible feat of writing a book that is authoritative, personal, technically astute and charming. Prat offers a profound thesis: that there is wonder and beauty in understanding the variation in how brains function. Prat teaches us that these differences should not be fuel for division, but rather, the object of fascination, appreciation, and celebration.”
—C. Brandon Ogbunu, Yale University, Ideas contributor for Wired Magazine
“Smart, funny, irreverent… reading this book is like downloading a PhD in neuroscience in one exuberant sitting. It’s a must read for any budding neuroscientists out there, and anyone else who wants to know how our brains work and why it matters.”
—Anna Lembke, author of New York Times bestseller Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence
“We’re all the same: human beings. At the same time, we’re all different individuals. In her marvelous, accessible, often funny and always informative book, Chantel Prat reconciles this seeming paradox. Read this book; you’ll understand — and admire — your species and your brain as never before. And you’ll have a hell of a lot of fun getting there!”
—David P. Barash author most recently of Threats: Intimidation and its Discontents
“Neuroscientists emphasize how most brains work, but finally here’s a book that emphasizes how your brain works! Chantel Prat artfully describes why and how our brains differ – skillfully interweaving accessible facts about genetics, environment, and brain science to help explain what makes you uniquely YOU! The book is a joy, the footnotes are hilarious, and the topic is of central importance to all those interested in human uniqueness, cognitive science, and how much we share and differ from the rest of humanity.”
—Patricia K Kuhl, cognitive neuroscientist, Member of the National Academy of Sciences, and author of The Scientist in the Crib
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