Your Brain: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2008
Pages: 280

Puzzles and brain twisters to keep your mind sharp and your memory intact are all the rage today. More and more people -- Baby Boomers and information workers in particular -- are becoming concerned about their gray matter's ability to function, and with good reason. As this sensible and entertaining guide points out, your brain is easily your most important possession. It deserves proper upkeep.

Your Brain: The Missing Manual is a practical look at how to get the most out of your brain -- not just how the brain works, but how you can use it more effectively. What makes this book different than the average self-help guide is that it's grounded in current neuroscience. You get a quick tour of several aspects of the brain, complete with useful advice about:

  • Brain Food: The right fuel for the brain and how the brain commands hunger (including an explanation of the different chemicals that control appetite and cravings)
  • Sleep: The sleep cycle and circadian rhythm, and how to get a good night's sleep (or do the best you can without it)
  • Memory: Techniques for improving your recall
  • Reason: Learning to defeat common sense; logical fallacies (including tactics for winning arguments); and good reasons for bad prejudices
  • Creativity and Problem-Solving: Brainstorming tips and thinking not outside the box, but about the box -- in other words, find the assumptions that limit your ideas so you can break through them
  • Understanding Other People's Brains: The battle of the sexes and babies developing brains

Learn about the built-in circuitry that makes office politics seem like a life-or-death struggle, causes you to toss important facts out of your memory if they're not emotionally charged, and encourages you to eat huge amounts of high-calorie snacks. With Your Brain: The Missing Manual you'll discover that, sometimes, you can learn to compensate for your brain or work around its limitations -- or at least to accept its eccentricities.

Exploring your brain is the greatest adventure and biggest mystery you'll ever face. This guide has exactly the advice you need.

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Eye-opening (and fun!)

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media Your Brain: The Missing Manual:

    I love this book. By turns witty, quirky, informative, and (dare I say it?) philisophical, this book was brilliant from start to finish. It'll give you some great cocktail chit-chat, and is worth the price for the color optical illusions alone. (The best of which involves covering up an entire photo to prove that too small squares with distinctly different colors are actually the same shade of unremarkable gray. No one believes it until they try it.)

    There seems to be an epidemic of brain books right now, but this is the most enjoyable by far!

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Your Brain: The Missing Manual:

      Upon reading this book I found myself taking notes on the specific names, neurotransmitters and chemicals that our brain uses in order to direct our body. It is full of very interesting facts that directly can be related to all of our lives as we all have a brain. The author defiantly has a brain as well and shows it in this concise overview touching on many aspects and inspiring one to research for more.

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      Hardly a "Missing Manual"

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      The book is written really poorly... Confusing and awkward sentences along with vague descriptions and inaccurate comparisons. MacDonald also fails to state where any of his facts come from, or how reliable the facts may be. Overall, the book is boring and difficult to want to pick up and read. It's hard to follow, causing the reader to re-read sentences over and over.

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