The greatest computer ever built is less thanin long and weighs less thanlb It has no moving parts and makes not a sound And yet it is the home of dreams, of songs, of wisdom, of philosophy, of love, of awareness itself The greatest computer ever built is, of course, the human brain For almost as long as we ve been thinking creatures, we ve wondered about the galaxy of experiences, emotions and insights that lives within every one of us You have your heart you have your limbs You are your brain The editors and writers of TIME invite you to explore that wondrous place that is the seat of your being What does science tell us about how we learn, how we mature, why our minds grow old How does memory work and why does it so often fail to work How can babies learn multiple languages before they reyears old, while adults must struggle for years to master a single new one What does it mean to be a genius What does it mean merely to be conscious These and other questions are being explored by investigators across the sciences, and TIME has gone out in search of them At labs and universities around the world, researchers are gaining new understanding of the differences between the brains of men and women, the neurochemical magic behind feelings of romance, the mystery of good and evil They are learning new things about addictions and disorders and the myriad ways minds can break down And they are learning how to fix them too The Brain A User s Guide will give you a whole new view of how your brain works and ways you can use that understanding to help yourself become wiser, happier, even healthier You will never think of the world inside your head the same way again


10 thoughts on “TIME Your Brain: A User's Guide

  1. InYourFaceNewYorker InYourFaceNewYorker says:

    An interesting and informative collection of articles about the human brain.


  2. Deborah Martinez Deborah Martinez says:

    Very informative, enjoyed this book very much


  3. spike marlin spike marlin says:

    This was a good book Small in pages but full of different ideas and areas of study My volume was published in 2009 so I am not sure if it has the same content I was particularly interested in the areas of memory, beliefs, and how foods effect the brain Other areas are consciousness, learning, disorders, and morality 10 years is a long time in science and this book my now be dated as far as what new and wonderful things have been discovered as the result of brain research However, it can be This was a good book Small in pages but full of different ideas and areas of study My volume was published in 2009 so I am not sure if it has the same content I was particularly interested in the areas of memory, beliefs, and how foods effect the brain Other areas are consciousness, learning, disorders, and morality 10 years is a long time in science and this book my now be dated as far as what new and wonderful things have been discovered as the result of brain research However, it can be a teaser and an accessible source of information for anyone interested in the brain maybe Time will find a way to update this book in the near future


  4. Shannon Shannon says:

    Briefly touches on a number of topics for an overview of the brain s functions and the history of brain studies No one subject is explored in depth, but it s a starting place to decide what one might want to learnabout.