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The Human Mind by [Winston, Robert]
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"Wide-ranging and thoroughly entertaining" (New Scientist)

"Devastaingly good...Every chapter bursts with clear logic, style, wit and imagination." (Brian May, Guitarist for Queen)

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A fascinating insight into how the mind really works.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3303 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (30 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LOOLQ6I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Excellent book
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The condition of this book was described as 'Very Good' - well, it isn't. The book is very dirty and pages 67-112 are badly damaged probably by water. Not what I expected at all! It's so dirty I don't want to read it. I have re-ordered a new copy from Abe Books.
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There is no doubt that Robert Winston is a polymath - an eminent fertility doctor who would have aspired to be a neurosurgeon if he had his time again.
The book starts slowly with rather complex descriptions of the discovery of the actions of various regions of the brain, the chemical neurotransmitters that carry nerve impulses round the brain and the specific roles of the most common - glutamate, dopamine, adrenalin, endorphins, serotonin and oxytocin. But Robert Winston has a way of holding the interest through technical sections by telling stories which bring the scientists and their trials and tribulations to life.
He describes the claims of the right /left side advocates but regards them as an oversimplification. Indeed one of the major themes of the book is the theory of the plasticity of the brain and its ability to develop with neurons repeatedly fired on a task strengthening their connection and increasing their supply of neurotransmitter so it becomes easier for them to fire in the future - or to you and me practice makes perfect.
From how the brain works he moves to how emotions are stimulated. The consensus among neuroscientists is that there are four primary emotions - fear, anger, sadness and joy. Some claim perhaps three more but Winston reckons that surprise, disgust and contempt are complex combinations of the primary emotions. Smiling, laughter, hoping and fear are investigated and the widespread desire of all humans to change moods through the use of nicotine, alcohol, cannabis, ecstasy and LSD.
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I have been enjoying this book very much so. The first couple of chapters were hard to get through, but that's just because I'm stupid and don't tend to understand things that sound very smart. After those chapters though everything was great, lots of interesting facts, figures and experiments were shared. As well as thought provoking material. Fantastic book to buy on the human mind.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME on 27 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
I found this to be both an entertaining and informative read. The writing style is immensely easy to read and the knowledge contained within the book is truly eye opening. It covers all aspects of the brain from addiction to emotion, and memory to relationships, and more besides. I agree that Winston strays from the narrative at times, but it generally seems to be done to make a point, and I found it added to the overall entertainment of the book (after all, it's good to enjoy a book whilst you learn as well!). This is a good first book to read if you're interested in the human brain and how it works and if the interest grabs you there's plenty more out there to explore. Well worth a go, you shouldn't be disappointed.

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A journey of exploration means maps must be made - they aren't provided. Exploring the mind, which philosophers once claimed to do, requires maps of the brain. These are only now being created. And the mappers aren't philosophers, but cognitive scientists and medical scholars. Many maps have been made available to us in recent years. Enough maps that Robert Winston could produce a guidebook on the human mind. In this highly entertaining and informative book, Winston describes what has been learned about the brain and what it means for the mind. If anybody still thought those two elements were separate, this book should dispel that misconception.
Winston is candid about the relationship of this book to a BBC-TV series, but a media link doesn't render the information less useful. He spends the first chapters outlining the way in which measurement of brain activity has improved in recent years. This must be one of the few accounts that doesn't open with Phineas Gage and the tamping iron that pierced his skull yet left him alive, if changed in personality. Instead, Winston credits Paul Broca with finding the first "module" of brain activity [speech]. The author builds from that mid-19th Century revelation with explanations of where processing areas are located and how they operate. Brain functions were located by identifying damaged areas of afflicted patients through autopsy. Building an image of which areas of the brain performed or controlled which tasks was a painfully slow process. Not until new, non-intrusive technologies were developed did the pace of research quicken.
Winston covers a number of topics with this book, citing the work of many scholars and medical professionals.
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This is a spectacular book. Ever since the BBC showed Professor Robert Winston's findings, I was really interested.
It has given me a whole new perspective on life - instead of the plain, simple casual life people have today. Professor Robert Winston has combined all of the 'hidden' things we never see in life, covering many aspects.
He has described how we can harness our powers and use them to give better results. One particular aspects I like is overcoming fears.
Some readers may find that the parts of the brain he discusses are difficult to remember, but the methods he gives are easy to use and can be entertaining at times.
Overall, I think this is a very powerful book as it has changed my view on the world to make a better today.
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