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17 Great Books About the Human Brain

This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Brain. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Keep Sharp by Sanjay Gupta M.D.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s book, Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age, gives a great overview on tangible ways to take care of our brains, from a young age and well into our older years. He talks about everything from movement to diet to learning tools and “memory games” so many people love playing – and whether they have a real impact or not. He also gets into Alzheimer’s and dementia, which can be confusing topics to unpack. What’s really important to note is that we often associate diet and exercise with physical results, but really they also have a huge impact on how we think – both right now and as we age.

How the Mind Works, by Steven Pinker

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This is a book about the brain in that the author is trying to explain some of the human mind’s poorly understood functions and quirks in evolutionary terms. He covers subjects such as emotion, vision, feminism, and “the meaning of life,” where he sees a computational theory of mind and a neo-Darwinist as the central components of evolutionary psychology. To add on, he criticizes difference feminism since he believes scientific research has proven that both men and women differ little or not by any means in their moral reasoning.

Descartes’ Error, by Antonio Damasio

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The author, a neuroscientist, refers to the separation of the mind from the body as an error as reasoning requires the guidance of emotions and feelings conveyed. Using the dramatic 1868 railroad accident case of Phineas Gage as a reference for incorporating data, he enumerates damaging cognitive effects when feelings and reasoning become automatically decoupled. The major pros of the book are that: it makes one think out of the box, and it is marvelously edited.

How can I talk if my lips don’t move by Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay

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This book is a first-hand narrative of how an autistic brain works. Mukhopadhyay, the autistic author, has taken it upon himself to bust myths associated with neurodiversity. He talks about how people comprehend and respond to autism and how that can affect the autistic person. The book offers an insight into his mind and how it works. It is written so well that it urges the readers to be compassionate. I am neurotypical but picked up the book because I wanted my child to understand neurodiversity when he started attending an inclusive school. The book was a great reminder of my internalized biases and ableism and helped me to become more inclusive. It is a must-read for all neurotypical people.

Calm Clarity by Due Quach

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Most people don’t know that they can change their thoughts, feelings, and actions. The ability to deliberately break our mental habits is in our hands. It’s written by Due Quach, the author of the popular Medium post Poverty and Traumatized at Harvard. She talks about dealing with toxic stress and challenging times in Calm Clarity.

The Brain Warrior’s Way by Daniel G. Amen

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Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana Amen, renowned writers, join forces to raise awareness about unsafe, addictive practices damaging our bodies and minds. Food and technology abuse has led to an unhealthy and disease-ridden lifestyle for many Americans. The Brain Warrior’s Way is the secret to reclaiming your health and life.

Catching Fire by Richard Wrangham

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The author of this book usually proposes that the turning point in human evolutionary history was the invention of cooking. He suggested the simple and prosaic things, which have a significant function in evolutionary history. This book has showcased to us that as per the calculations, how much energy bodies of a specific size with brains and the number of neurons can cost. As the book’s title shows, the significant change must be cooking with fire.

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings by Thomas De Quincey

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In these renowned confessions, authors are delighted and despaired by opium’s effects, and that’s why he wrote, A theatre seemed opened up quickly and enlightened my brain and mind. They detect the visions as the leading product of brain chemistry, which sometimes feel specific that they are remaking objective reality. But in the book’s preface, the author worries about moral scars and ulcers, which will be revolting to a reputable audience, who shrink back involuntarily at the spectacle of a human being obtrusive.

The Brain By David Eagleman

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This is one of my favorite books and it is for everyone who has a brain. This book is written in a fun and informative way about how the human brain works and why we do the things we do. It touches almost every aspect of the brain. Anyone with a slight interest in psychology or psychiatry might find this book highly interesting. You will surely love the way the writer gives on how the mind works. This book should not only be read by everyone but reread and digested.

The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

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The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff…with implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history. This book is a wonderful and engaging way or re-imagining what kind of creatures we are. An eloquently written book about the boundless potential of the human brain.

Thinking, Fast and Slow by. Daniel Kahneman

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Here is a powerful and intelligent book for you to read. This was an easy and valuable book. However, some reviewers claim its value is in changing our mental habits and training 70% of our brains. Try to get this book to gain more brain.

How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker

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This is a book for you to read to gain more and extraordinary insight into your mental control and how others process their observances and the reactions that follow. I recommend this book highly enough for you to read, it’s a must-watch book, and it is worth the effort.

Incognito by David Eagleman

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David Eagleman has a lot of great written work about the brain. His book “Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain” gives a rare glimpse into how our brains function and the mysteries that are still unanswerable. It’s really interesting thinking about how our brain processes information to tell us stories that make up our daily lives. If you’re curious at all about the brain – or are just a curious person in general – you should definitely read this one.

Phantoms in the Brain by V. S. Ramachandran

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If you are not a science person but want to learn about brain, then this is it. This book deals with such things as phantom limbs (superficial limbs felt by patients who got them amputated) and more. The cases Ramachandran talks about is astonishing and amazing and I hope it to be a wonderful read.

The Brain Book by Rita Carter

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This book combines the latest findings from neuroscience with new brain imaging techniques to reveal the intricate wonder of the human brain. Rita Carter elaborates how the brain works, from its function as the hub of the nervous system to brain disorders. You can gain insights into such esoteric aspects as behavior, language, and communication and discover the nature of genius. This book is essential for students, healthcare professionals and a comprehensive reference book for the family.

Brain Food by Dr. Lisa Mosconi

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Although I am not a huge fan of books, this one drew my attention as soon as I started reading it. As a fitness expert, I ensure to take care of my health and diet by eating the right kinds of foods. However, this book drew me in because it talked about healthy foods that could sharpen your brain as well! It was like a super deal for me since I get to keep my healthy diet (find more delicious foods to try out) and even sharpen my brain as Dr. Lisa suggests.

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett

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Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain is full of surprises, humor, and important implications for human behavior. In seven short chapters, you’ll learn where brains come from, how they’re structured, and why it matters – and how yours works in tandem with other brains.

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