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These "brain friendly" books have a commendable ambition: to create a learning experience based on modern cognitive neuroscience. I applaud anyone who genuinely tries to take an evidence-based approach to teaching. However, this book appears to be based on a rather shallow view of cognitive neuroscience. There are several specific problems I have with the style:
Secondly, I like writing styles where I feel the author is being honest and candid with me and I develop a warmth and respect for the writer. But when reading this "Head First..." book, it felt to me that I was consuming a soulless product designed through tick-boxes, conference calls and a quick skim read through a dodgy "self help" book on learning. In my view, anyone who seriously wants to write a good "teaching" book needs to allow the learner to get to know the author a little. All too often, reading this book feels like watching a badly acted children's TV program. All the "personality" in the book is over-acted and shallow.
Thirdly, I suspect this "brain friendly" brand is 90% marketing and 10% genuine research. I very much doubt that the authors or editors have studied the cognitive neuroscience literature very rigorously. For example, they talk several times about "activating both sides of the brain". The idea that one side of the brain is for mathsy stuff and the other is for artsy stuff is a daft myth (google "left brain / right brain myth"). As another example: they state that human brains are tuned for looking at faces (which is true), which they interpret as meaning that it's a good idea to put cringe-worthy stock photos of people on almost every page. Yes, it's nice to see a human face every now and then, but not *so* often. It's just distracting!
On the plus side, I love the extensive use of diagrams and the conversational style makes for a very readable book. The use of diagrams, "hand-written" annotations and conversational style does - in some sections - succeed in quickly and efficiently transferring concepts from the page into your brain.