Your Brain: The Missing Manual

This is a book about that wet mass of cell tissue called the brain, and why it’s responsible for everything from true love to getting you out of bed in the morning. One part science guide, one part self-help guru, it’s grounded in the latest neuroscience, psychology, and nutritional wisdom. The result? An essential guide for the modern brain owner, filled with ready-to-follow advice on everything from eating right to improving your memory.

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Food and sleep. Your brain deserves proper upkeep—that means feeding it right and getting a decent rest. To help you out, you’ll meet the brain systems that track time and those that power your worst food cravings.

Quirks and illusions. The brain is full of quirks, shortcuts, and automatic assumptions. Some save you time, while others get you bamboozled by late-night infomercials. In this book, you’ll spot the mistakes your brain makes, see dizzying optical illusions, and pick up a few great party tricks.

Aging. The brain starts to shrink at age 20, but savvy thinkers compensate by boosting their brains’ efficiency. Here, you’ll learn the best tricks for battling bad memory and staying sharp as tacks. You’ll also see how the brain develops through life, which offers essential insight for new parents and moody teenagers.

Pleasure, stress, and love. What separates the brain of the newly love-struck from that of the psychologically disturbed? Less than you might think. In these pages, you’ll learn what the hardware of your brain can tell you about the riddles of human behavior.

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Reader praise for Your Brain: The Missing Manual:

“Popular books on the brain are often minefields of attractive but inaccurate information. This one manages to avoid most of the hype and easy faulty generalizations while providing easy to read and digest information about the brain. It has useful tricks without the breathless hype of many popular books.”– Elizabeth Zwicky, The Usenix Magazine

“…a unique guide that should be sought after by any who want to maximize what they can accomplish with their mental abilities and resources.”– James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review – Wisconsin Bookwatch

“If you can’t figure out how to use your brain after reading this guide, you may want to return your brain for another.”– The Sacramento Book Review, Volume 1, Issue 2, Page 19

“It’s rare to find a book on any technical subject that is as well written and readable as Your Brain: The Missing Manual. The book covers pretty much anything you may want to know about your brain, from what makes it up, through how it develops to how to mitigate the affects of aging. The book is easy reading, fact packed and highlighted notes and practical applications. So if you want to learn more about your brain, how it works, how to get the best out of it or just want to stave off the ravages of Alzheimers (see chapter ten for details of how learning helps maintain your brain) then I can’t recommend this book highly enough.”– Neil Davis,

“MacDonald’s writing style is perfect for this kind of guide. It remains educational without becoming overly technical or using unexplained jargon. And even though the book covers a broad scope of topics, MacDonald keeps it well organized and easy to follow. The book captures your attention with fun facts and interesting studies that any person could apply to their own understanding of human ability. It has great descriptions of the brain and its interconnected parts, as well as providing full color pictures and diagrams to offer a better explanation of what the author is talking about.”– Janica Unruh, Blogcritics Magazine