Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up to


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$16.95  $15.76
W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 0.9 X 8.1 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist and research associate at the Centre for Medical Education at Cardiff University. He writes a popular science blog called Brain Yapping for the Cosmic Shambles Network and dabbles in stand-up comedy. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.


Burnett is a refreshing sort of neuroscientist in that he does not seem to consider the brain with any particular reverence; if anything, he seems mildly impatient about its many ridiculous failings.--Melissa Dahl
A wonderful introduction to neuroscience [that] deserves to be widely read.
Compelling and wise and rational. You know you can trust [Burnett]...A great read.--Jon Ronson, best-selling author of So You've Been Publicly Shamed
An entertaining romp through the science of our mental processes. Full of fascinating insight into the brain and the origins of our crazy behavior.--Gaia Vince, author of Adventures in the Anthropocene
A helpful and often hilarious antidote to current brain hype. Accessible and entertaining, this book explains why your ever-helpful brain can rewrite your history, make you overlook a gorilla, or lose an argument you should win.--Gina Rippon, chair of Cognitive NeuroImaging, Aston University
If you've ever wanted to sit down with a neuroscientist, have a few drinks, ask a zillion questions, and laugh until you snorted, read this book.--David McRaney, best-selling author of You Are Not So Smart