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Editorial Reviews

What people are saying about Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain:

"Beautiful writing and sublime insights that will blow your mind like a string of firecrackers. If you want a rundown of the brain and its magic, start here."
David Eagleman, Stanford neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author of Incognito and Livewired

"Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain reads like a novel — and its main character is all of us. In fresh and lively prose, Barrett provides deep insight into what brains are for, how they operate and are programmed, how they create the 'reality' we experience, and how they ultimately produce our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Read this book! It will make you smarter about yourself, and your species."
Leonard Mlodinow, New York Times bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk, Subliminal, and Elastic

"A smart and delightfully breezy look at the things most of us think we know about the brain, but don't."
Daniel Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness

"Barrett writes with a scientist's eye and a storyteller's heart. A must-read for anyone who has a brain."
Helen Mayberg, Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

"Lisa Feldman Barrett is a pioneer in neuroscience and one of today’s most provocative thinkers about the mind. Get ready to have yours blown"
Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

EDITOR’S PICK (Best Books of November). “Barrett’s pithy exploration of the mysterious brain is breezy, fun, and, most important, delivers information with a vividness that will make it actually stick in readers’ memories. This popular science book packs a lot in a small space—much like a person’s brain, appropriately.”
Amazon.com (Adrian Liang)

“An excellent education in brain science.... Barrett, a professor of psychology at Northeastern who also has appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, clearly knows her neuroscience. However, like in How Emotions Are Made (2017), the author deftly employs metaphor and anecdote to deliver an insightful overview of her favorite subject. [...] The narrative is so short and sweet that most readers will continue to the 35-page appendix, in which the author delves more deeply, but with no less clarity, into topics ranging from teleology to the Myers-Briggs personality test to ‘Plato’s writings about the human psyche.’ Outstanding popular science.”
Kirkus (starred review)

“One of the best short, whirlwind introductions to the human brain I’ve ever read. [Lisa Feldman Barrett is] one of the most brilliant and bold thinkers and scientists I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking with.”
Lex Fridman, Podcaster and A.I. Researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"[A] must-read science book... Neuroscientist Barrett takes readers on a journey from the first earthly creatures, through the musings of ancient philosophers, and to present-day neuroscience."
Discover Magazine, November 2020

"What about that 'three-pound blob between your ears'? In seven essays about the brain and a half-size one about its evolution, [...] Barrett has crafted a well-written tribute to this wow-inducing organ."
Booklist

"A radical and provocative look at a range of pervasive misconceptions, emerging discoveries, and enticing mysteries regarding our very nature as individuals and intertwined social beings. By illuminating our unimaginably complex, constantly changing brain/body networks, Barrett gets to the heart of the new understanding of who and what we are as creatures, and how much latitude and agency we have."
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), author of Full Catastrophe Living and The Healing Power of Mindfulness