• Understanding the Brain

  • From Cells to Behavior to Cognition
  • By: John E. Dowling
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An examination of what makes us human and unique among all creatures - our brains

No listener curious about our "little gray cells" will want to pass up Harvard neuroscientist John E. Dowling's brief introduction to the brain. In this up-to-date revision of his 1998 book Creating Mind, Dowling conveys the essence and vitality of the field of neuroscience - examining the progress we've made in understanding how brains work, and shedding light on discoveries having to do with aging, mental illness, and brain health. 

The first half of the book provides the nuts-and-bolts necessary for an up-to-date understanding of the brain. Covering the general organization of the brain, early chapters explain how cells communicate with one another to enable us to experience the world. The rest of the book touches on higher-level concepts such as vision, perception, language, memory, emotion, and consciousness. This lucid introduction elegantly reveals the beauty of the organ that makes us uniquely human.

©2018 John E. Dowling (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Great

Love the information in this book. Great detail and outline. I would recommend if you're interested in how the brain works.

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A thoughtful brain summary

lots of great caae studies to exemplify the brain mechanisms described. Perhaps the part on consciousness could be updated.

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Awesome material, terrible audio

The book itself is very interesting, quality writing and well structured. The audio and the narration is terrible, everything is read one-tone only, high pitched and in very poor quality. Audible, I know you can do better.

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Exactly what I was looking for!

Highly technical and detailed yet very accessible and enjoyable to listen to. In depth neuroscience presented in an enjoyable and learnable way.