Dean Burnett

Idiot Brain

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“Entertaining…[A] grand tour around modern cognitive science and psychology.” —Wall Street Journal

The brain is an absolute marvel—the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle (so far) of evolutionary progress, and the engine of human experience. But it’s also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out of date. We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things sitting right in front of us, and lie awake at night while our brains endlessly replay our greatest fears. Idiot Brain is for anyone who has ever wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life—and what on earth it is really up to.

A Library Journal Science Bestseller and a Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award in Science & Technology.
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369 printed pages
Original publication
2016

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    Angela Mariana Jimenezhas quoted2 years ago
    How you ended up overeating in the first place can be due to many factors, such as comfort eating. If you’re sad or depressed, your brain is sending signals to the body that you’re tired and exhausted. And if you’re tired and exhausted, what do you need? Energy. And where do you get energy? Food! High-calorie food can also trigger the reward and pleasure circuits in our brains.9 This is also why you rarely ever hear of a ‘comfort salad’.

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