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Barry Gibb
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26 April 2007 Rough Guides Reference Titles
Within our skulls resides an organ more powerful than the fastest supercomputer, the ultimate multi-tasker controlling everything from the retrieval of memories to complex reasoning – and even breathing. The Rough Guide to the Brain provides an absorbing and accessible introduction to the science of the mind. From how the human brain evolved over millions of years and how it differs from those of other animals to the power of positive thinking and extrasensory perception hypnosis. Illustrated throughout with photos and diagrams, this Rough Guide is guaranteed to get you thinking.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 1 edition (26 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843536641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843536642
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Barry Gibb is a former neuroscientist from University College London. He has spent many decades researching neurological conditions.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing rough about this guide 26 April 2007
Format:Paperback
This great book brings the brain to life in the same way that other Rough Guides make countries irresistible holiday locations. The guide takes you on a tour within your own skull, stopping off at destinations including your emotions, memory, IQ and mental illness. I really like the way that facts are brought to life with real world examples and the text is full of interesting and current links that make it all feel relevant and easy to absorb. Whether you're a student wanting a crash course, or someone wanting to know more about a brain condition or, like me, simply want to understand more about how your mind works, I'd recommend this guide. Even though it's packed with information it certainly doesn't feel like an academic tome. Like all Rough Guides, this book makes it as easy to navigate your brain as if you were looking for the best bar in town. Simply choose a destination and dive in!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars totally good 22 Oct 2007
By Reeta
Format:Paperback
I really agree with the previous reviewer. This is simply an excellent book. Fascinating beyond belief and accessible to the layperson like me. I hope this writer continues to write this brilliant science non-fiction.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I totally agree with Reeta's review 6 Aug 2008
By Hector
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fascinating, astounding content - and yet put in concise and accessible form - I'm online here to buy some of the further reading the book recommends...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference 15 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
Easy to read, basic and understandable, the layout was clear and it covers a lot of ground for being a book you can throw in you bag and read on the bus.
Thumbs up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than "rough" :D 27 April 2010
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Very well organized, very up to date (refers to some research results from up to 2005) and hard to put down. It read as a good journey, adventure book with many "aha!" and "whoa!" in every session. Highly recommended!
PS: If you are watching "House MD" - that will also help you understand some of the diseases the mention the most frequently in the series :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dip into the human brain. 16 May 2010
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An easy and fascinating read. Research is developing so quickly that it may well have parts that are already out of date but it is a good lead-in to more detailed, scientific works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and to the point. 15 Aug 2009
By Julya
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This is a very simple pop overview of the brain and it's function. It offers snippets of discourse on various subjects and is very well written. You won't win the Nobel Prize after reading this but you can have a very heavy discussion in the pub about human consciousness. It's cute, disposable train reading. I loved it!
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