In this nationally bestselling, compulsively readable account of what
makes brain science a vital component of people’s quest to know
themselves, acclaimed science writer Steven Johnson subjects his own
brain to a battery of tests to find out what’s really going on inside.
- How do we “read” other people?
- What is the neurochemistry behind love and sex?
- What does it mean that the brain is teeming with powerful chemicals closely related to recreational drugs?
- Why does music move us to tears?
- Where do breakthrough ideas come from?
Johnson answers these and many more questions arising from the events
of our everyday lives. You do not have to be a neuroscientist to wonder,
for example, why do you smile? And why do you sometimes smile
inappropriately, even if you don’t want to? How do others read your
inappropriate smile? How does such interplay occur neurochemically, and
what, if anything, can you do about it?
Fascinating and rewarding, Mind Wide Open
speaks to brain buffs, self-obsessed neurotics, barstool psychologists,
mystified parents, grumpy spouses, exasperated managers, and anyone who
enjoys speculating and gossiping about the motivations and behaviors of
other human beings. Steven Johnson shows us the transformative power of
understanding brain science and offers new modes of introspection and
tools for better parenting, better relationships, and better living. Download and start listening now!