Secrets of Your Brain: New Science Reveals How It Works—and How to Heal It
(Editors Anne McGrath, et al., U.S. News, 2011). Reviewed by Steve Gladis, Ph.D., August 2011
Overview: I’ve always been fascinated by the brain. And with the tragic shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords, the world has been suddenly updated regarding the state of brain surgery and trauma recovery. This special edition of U.S. News offers all of us a class in understanding the brain and its mysteries. It is written in four segments—1) Understanding Your Brain. This section visually dissects the brain and provides a single diagram of the brain (p.13) that’s the clearest layperson’s version I’ve ever seen. This section shows the brain at work, how teens’ minds work (and don’t), and how decision making can go awry. 2) Mysteries of the Mind. This section has feature articles about dreams, psychopaths and the chemistry of love and just exactly why love IS so blind! 3) Using Your Brain Power. This section has articles to help us understand the nature of ADHD, dyslexia, pain, and memory, and how to get each to work in your favor. 4) Healing the Brain. This final section reveals the latest on Alzheimer’s, autism, concussion and depression. Packed with information for people interested in how the brain works, this issue is a winner.