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Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life: Your Brain, Neuroscience, and the Search for the Self (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 27. Januar 2004


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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: Scribner; Auflage: 1st Edition (27. Januar 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0743241657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743241656
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,5 x 22,9 cm
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Given the opportunity to watch the inner workings of his own brain, Steven Johnson jumps at the chance. He reveals the results in Mind Wide Open, an engaging and personal account of his foray into edgy brain science. In the 21st century, Johnson observes, we have become used to ideas such as "adrenaline rushes" and "serotonin levels," without really recognizing that complex neurobiology has become a commonplace thing to talk about. He sees recent laboratory revelations about the brain as crucial for understanding ourselves and our psyches in new, post-Freudian ways. Readers shy about slapping electrodes on their own temples can get a vicarious scientific thrill as Johnson tries out empathy tests, neurofeedback, and fMRI scans. The results paint a distinct picture of the author, and uncover general brain secrets at the same time. Memory, fear, love, alertness--all the multitude of states housed in our brains are shown to be the results of chemical and electrical interactions constantly fed and changed by input from our senses. Mind Wide Open both satisfies curiosity and provokes more questions, leaving readers wondering about their own gray matter. --Therese Littleton

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David Shenkauthor of "The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic"What good is living in an age of discovery if only a handful of people understand what's being discovered? With this book, Steven Johnson builds an extraordinary bridge between today's trailblazing neuroscientists and the rest of us. His mind-opening and potentially life-changing insight is that virtually anyone can now learn enough about brain chemistry and circuitry to personally explore -- and perhaps even reshape -- the contours of his or her own mind.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Judith Dingler am 9. April 2005
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Steven Johnson ist kein Fachmann auf dem Gebiet der Neurologie aber gerade deswegen macht es spaß sein Buch zu lesen. Ausgehend von eigenen Erlebnissen und Selbstversuchen versucht er den Aufbau des Gehirns zu erklären, wie es in Panik-Situationen reagiert und wie man ein echtes von einem unechten Lachen unterscheiden kann. Jeder von uns hat sich schon mal in der selben Situation wie Steven Johnson befunden und hat in gleicher Weise reagiert, auch ich. Jetzt aber weiss ich warum ich so und nicht anders reagiert habe.
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So Many Openings 12. Februar 2004
Von P. Keating - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Mind Wide Open is a remarkable, very entertaining, and complex read. This is not a 'science' book; nor is it a self-help manual. It is about all of us and each of us; about the human condition that we experience each moment, day, and life. It is a precise expose of the marriage between our mind and our soul, told in the voice of discovery. Perhaps the best testimony that I can give is this: as I read Mind Wide Open, I could not stop thinking about the many and very different people that I wanted to recommend it to. Whether you are a poet or a parent, a teacher or a tradesman, this book will enthrall you.
Part of this is the the author's style. Johnson is funny, personal, and earnest. He alternates between sharing his own musings and vulnerablities and recounting what he has carefully learned and experienced. When you read this book, you may feel the astonishing sensations that I did; your mind thinking about your mind within the context of your own experience and Johnson's perspectives. This was a visceral experience for me.
As much as Mind Wide Open will stimulate you, it is also a book that begs to be read more than once. Rarely do I read a book that I want to completely re-read again; I suspect that many others will feel the same.
I must admit to having scant, if any, interest in 'brain science' before reading this book. That has changed. What lies in our head not only influences our thinking; it catalogues our evolution and our pursuit of life's meaning. Mind Wide Open is a book that allows the reader to understand him/herself in ways that we have never explored before.
This is a superb book. I highly enjoyed it, I look forward to enjoying it again, and I give it my highest recommendation.
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Little substance 11. April 2005
Von Sasquatch - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Let me begin by saying I read this book from cover to cover. I'll also mention that I'm a grad student in neuroscience. This book contained a few moderately interesting insights, but overall covered astonishingly little information. It's so full of the author's anecdotes about who he met and how he came to his conclusions that it leaves little room for his actual theses. It's a lot of flash and little substance. It's definitely well-written though.

There are so many incredible things to learn about neuroscience that are accessible to non-scientists, yet he focused most of the book on electroencephalograms (EEG), which is ancient technology and alone yields little information about the brain. He drew broad conclusions from specific data and consistently overinterpreted results. This is not surprising considering he has no degree. I should have noticed this before I bought the book. He's like the Ken Burns of neuroscience. You can't study neuroscience part-time for a year or two and expect to write a deep book on it. It's like trying to fly a space shuttle after a summer internship at NASA.

So in conclusion, if you know nothing about neuroscience, you'll probably get something out of this book. Don't waste your time on it though, because if you want to have your mind blown, read "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat".
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A great start and a refreshing perspective 25. Februar 2004
Von Mark Rockwell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Johnson does a good job of taking concepts that could potentially be very confusing, and lays them out in an easy to read format. He does a great job of relating chemical and electrical activities in the brain with events in everyone's everyday life.
Mind Wide Open is a great book if you're new to the field of psychology or simply aren't too familiar with the actual chemical workings of the brain. The detail in the main text isn't all that deep but the end notes make up for much of the "overlooked" information. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because while it was informative and quite revealing I think that Johnson slightly oversimplified the issues at hand. If you come into this book with anything much above a beginners understanding of brain biochemistry you won't walk away with any new ideas.
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a beginners guide to theories of how the brain functions.
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This is Your Brain on Drugs 5. August 2005
Von Lukas Jackson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I decided to check out Steven Johnson's "Mind Wide Open" after reading an article of his in Discovery magazine, where he claims that video games can be more mentally stimulating than reading books. As a huge GTA: San Andreas fan and reader, part of me was intrigued by the idea, part of me saw it as a blatant ploy for the couch-potato South Park generation.

I would recommend this book as an extremely breezy read for those curious about what's going on in brain science. Johnson describes how our brains are always on endogenous drugs, be they the love potion oxytocin, the stressor cortisol, the confidence-building serotonin, etc. He also recounts some pretty interesting experiments where his mind is connected to electrodes and fMRI machines and his mental processes monitored. I have to admit, though, I wanted something a little meatier and substantive about the human mind, and wasn't quite sure if the book was limited by the state of brain science or Johnson's attempt to simplify for the everyman. Most people are aware that the mind is a neurochemical network, so there isn't anything particularly revelatory here.

Johnson rarely gets abstract. He discusses the "qualia" of consciousness only to sidestep it. (I found myself wondering why the metaphysical qualia of consciousness is even necessary; the illusion of a unified "I" must have some evolutionary advantages over a machine-like processor.) At the end he tackles Freud, but I found his attempts somewhat simplistic against the godfather of psychoanalysis.

In sum, while an interesting read, the book stretches out a little bit of information a long way. A lot of this information could have been in one magazine article. And I did fear that Johnson was trying to dumb it down a bit; I wouldn't mind more intensive scrutiny of the actual neurochemical components of the mind.
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A remarkable popular science writer, but gets carried away. 8. März 2005
Von algo41 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Johnson is a remarkable popular science writer, with a talent for language and metaphor comparable to that of a very good novelist. He is also very bright, objective, personable and does his research well. Even when I was familiar with a particular subject area, I learned a lot or understood things better. While my background is better than some, this is a book accessible to all. Johnson's objective for "Mind Wide Open" is to help the reader live a better life by providing the kind of understanding that leads to more aware self-examination - not the usual kind of objective for a popular science work. I believe this objective, as well as Johnson's own enthusiasms, may have led him a little astray. The chapters I liked least were on bio-feedback (Johnson is on the board of a bio-feedback company, as I learned from one of his footnotes), and functional brain imaging. Both chapters centered on Johnson's personal experiences, not as a way to explain science, as elsewhere, but as some kind of personal adventure which is supposed to demonstrate the potential of these tools for generating self-awareness. The rest of the book is so interesting, I really begrudge the loss of what could have been in 2 additional chapters. Mind Wide Open is particularly strong in its discussion of memory and emotions (fear, love) and on the role of the body's owns drugs, which cocaine and the like mimic. As part of his summing up, Johnson has a wonderful discussion of how Freud can be updated to provide a modern theory of psychology.
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