Neuroscience Books

Neuroscience Books To Educate Yourself

These neuroscience books complement each other and the idea is that if you read all four, you should have a solid understanding of modern neuroscience.

Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

This is a great book for understanding common fallacies and conclusions drawn from cognitive neuroscience studies and which conclusions you can reasonably draw from evidence. It tackles several areas as examples of where these fallacies are having a huge impact such as Neuro-marketing and a bunch of the other NeuroX BS.

50 Ideas You Really Need to Know About the Human Brain

It’s a book of 50 chapters and each one covers an idea of the foundation of current neuroscience. It’s fairly easy to understand and accurate. It gets across some key points that other books I’ve read on Neuroscience miss. The great thing about “50 Ideas” is that it’s not just a guide to the brain and it goes further than just the basics and even gets quite technical somestimes while maintaining a straight-forward language.

Great Myths of the Brain

Perfect book to demolish the nonsense or so called “brain ‘facts” (right brain, left brain nonsense etc.). It starts with some historical ones (Drilling holes in the head releases evil spirits), moves on to more pesky myths (Only 10% of our brain is used) then goes on to bash and destroy a range of common myths that may be well understood by neuroscientists but which fool the masses and the media.

Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind

A good book for understanding how neuroscience is understood and used in society. It’s an academic book  I genuinely think it’s one of the most important neuroscience books of the last decade. It is a brilliant analysis of how brain science and the practice of brain science have become associated with changing ideas of what it means to be human and their reciprocal relationship between politics and social influence in the world.

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