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Have you ever thought about how you think? What is the imaginary voice inside your head that talks to you, reads out loud to you, and tells you information about how you are perceiving the world around you? The area of metacognition, or the concept of thinking about how we think, is becoming increasingly prevalent as a new hot topic for scientists and researchers. How My Brain Works: A Guide to Understanding It Better and Keeping it Healthy by Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin is a short educational book that holistically and completely describes the different avenues for how your brain works, why it works the way it does, and how to help your brain.
Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin is a world renowned neuropsychologist with over 30 years of experience working with patients and understanding the brain. Her knowledge and expertise about the topic is on full display throughout the course of the book. She gives valuable advice and highlights her learnings over the experiences that she has had over the course of her career. Dr. Barbara’s organization of this book is very clear and coherent. There are two distinct sections of the book, Evaluating the Brain and Brain Health. Each of these sections has chapters within them that describe a particular topic in the current section.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book for a variety of reasons. The first and biggest reason is that Dr. Barbara conveys a great deal of her knowledge, experience, and research in such a short span of time. The second reason is that her chapters are relatively short which makes it very easy to lose track of time and fly through ten chapters in one sitting.
There was not much about this book that I didn’t like. I found the second half of the book a lot more interesting than the first but I think that is just based on personal preference. The short chapters could make it seem like there is not enough content, but that is the extent to my qualms.
I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Each chapter is going to deliver something new and interesting to the reader. Dr. Barbara does a great job of including and considering all the different readers of her book. The book is professionally edited and I have no complaints about how the book was written. There were no occurrences of profanity and the style of writing makes it a light reading.
Anyone that reads this book will benefit in one way or another. There is no fixed audience that this book is meant for but I think that people who are older than 11 would greatly benefit from reading this book.
How My Brain Works
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