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About the book

What is Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain?

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain is a book of short essays about brains and human nature, written for the general public, by Lisa Feldman Barrett.

About this website

Is this website similar to the book?

This website is much more technical than the book.

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain is written in plain English for the general public. This website adds scientific details that were too lengthy or complex for the book.

I haven't read the book. Can I still use this website?

Certainly! You'll probably need the book, however, to understand the content fully. This site isn't complete in itself — I wrote it as a supplement to the book.

Locating notes here

What is

Web addresses like are just shortcuts to reach individual endnotes on this site. These shortcuts appear in the printed appendix for Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain.

Since you are already on this site, you don't need these shortcuts. Just use the search box above.

How do I search for notes?

If the book refers you a web note like this:

enter that "something" in the search box above. For example, if the book directs you to, then search for amphioxus.

Is there a glossary of terms?

Yes, right here.

Other questions?

Contact Lisa Feldman Barrett