What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite: Updated and Revised

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In recent times, there has been a lot of work in the field of neuropsychology. This book tries to summarize relevant material for the general reader. Given how new the field is, and the amount of work already available, distilling all relevant material will obviously be prone to generalization and an uneasy flow from chapter to chapter. The underlying premise is that our cognitive skills, while highly evolved, will sometimes lead us astray. This book’s objective is to provide readers with some background on how and why this happens.

The book is divided into five parts, each consisting of two to four chapters. Each chapter starts with an anecdote followed by a scientific explanation. Additional anecdotes and further refinements follow. The earlier chapters are well-written and concise, as are the later (summary) chapters. Those in the middle (while the same length) take more effort to read and fully understand. The two chapters in the last part (part six) serve as a summary for the concepts covered in the book and are well-worth reading. An appendix titled “Suggested Resources” lists references with a paragraph description of each resource. This helps readers who want to explore specific areas further.

For those who are familiar with neuropsychology, there may not be any new content here. For those who are looking for a summary of what’s out there, this book would serve as a nice introduction. From what I can tell, any new material since the first edition has been added to the end of the relevant chapters (i.e., there doesn’t seem to have been a major re-write in the revised edition). Overall, this book is a good introduction for those who would like a summary of the field.

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Author David Disalvo
Star Count 3/5
Format Trade
Page Count 335 pages
Publisher Prometheus Books
Publish Date 2018-Feb-13
ISBN 9781633883499
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Issue May 2018
Category Science & Nature


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