Best Books About The Brain [Update 2024]
What are the best books about the brain? The brain is very interesting and fortunately many researchers have made it their life’s work. Read on for recommendations…
The top 10 best books about the brain
Criteria for compiling these recommended books
Our editors have carefully read as many as possible books about this subject. Then, they used the following criteria for choosing the best picks:
- The literary quality of the books.
- The amount of books sold worldwide.
- The professional reviews in newspapers.
- The expertise and experience from the author.
- The quality of the examples, knowledge and practicality
- The actuality and whether the information is useful or too old.
- Our editor’s opinions: they have read and judged the books extensively.
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1.The Human Brain Book: An Illustrated Guide to its Structure, Function, and Disorders
For anyone looking to learn about or study the human mind, this book is like a one-stop shop. Not only does it give you all the information you need on the structure, disorders and functions of the brain, but you also get detailed and helpful diagrams to help you to better understand.
2.Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age
If you want to keep your mind sharp at any age, then this book is a perfect match for you. As we all know, certain brain functions fade with age and it can be important to sharpen them like any other tool. This is our pick for anyone looking to keep their brain fresh and young.
3.Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain
This book is really aimed at experts within the field or those studying the human brain. It is essentially a collection of essays about the brain, delving into the reasons behind why we have it and how it works. An interesting but complex read.
4.Your Brain Is Always Listening: Tame the Hidden Dragons That Control Your Happiness, Habits, and Hang-Ups
In our opinion, this book is perfect for anyone looking to better understand their own brain. Our mind governs who we are and, if you improve your relationship with your brain, you can control your emotions and thoughts. This is a powerful and life-changing read.
5.Thinking, Fast and Slow
You can tell why this book has sold over two billion copies and is a New York Times bestseller. The world-famous phycologist takes us on a tour of the human mind and gives detailed explanations that look to show you exactly how and why we think.
6.Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
This book is an unquestionable requirement for anybody inspired by why we settle on certain choices, especially those that appear to be baffling on the surface. The human mind is capable of both good and evil, which is explored by this fascinating text. A great read.
7.Unfuck Your Brain: Getting Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-Outs, and Triggers with science (5-Minute Therapy)
Our pick for anyone looking to get over anxiety and depression. This book not only guides you out of the darkness but does so in a way that is understandable and not patronising. It is equally as enjoyable to read as it is educational.
8.Your Brain, Explained: What Neuroscience Reveals About Your Brain and its Quirks
For anyone without a degree in neuroscience but wants a better grasp of how the human brain works, this is the book for you. It deals with complex topics without boring you with jargon.It is also extremely fascinating to realise just how weird and wonderful the brain is.
9.The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep
We recommend this book to anyone struggling to sleep at night, or those suffering from nightmares. Sometimes it can help to give yourself a bit of knowledge when dealing with a problem and this book certainly provides that in abundance. Interesting, educational and enjoyable.
10.The Brain: The Story of You
An incredible read from renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman who guides us on a journey through the human mind, what makes you you and what governs the decisions that you make. Such an eye-opening book!
A bonus selection with the best books on the brain
Below you will find an extra list with book recommendations about the brain.
1 – We are our brains – Dick Swaab
This well-known book by Dick Swaab deals with everything around the brain – from the child brain to the senior brain. These include puberty, sexuality, anorexia, Alzheimer’s, medication, crime, faith, brain damage, mental health problems and near-death experiences. This book also deals with various disorders, diseases and therapies. Note: A lot of jargon is used in this book. Perhaps this makes it all the more interesting
Our Creative Brains is Dick Swaab’s recently released successor to the neurohit ‘We are our brain’. This book zooms in on how we can use the brain in our daily life. Both physical, social and mental. The book is richly illustrated and clearly explains Swaab’s factual findings. He is particularly good at conveying difficult material in an accessible, exciting and entertaining way.
2 – Thinking Fast And Slow
This book is full of experiments and conclusions about how our minds can go wrong again and again. Such thinking errors are called ‘heuristics’. The book is very thick, but it contains a lot of researches and heuristics. Recommended!
3 – Psychology for Dummies
The books in this list all use jargon. There is nothing wrong with that, because it teaches you a lot. However, the Psychology for Dummies book is a welcome one so that you have a good basic understanding of all that jargon, making it easier to follow the other books.
The top 10 best books on The Brain of all time
Let’s finish with giving you our top picks on this subject. We will present you our top 10 best books about The Brain of all time. We have updated this ultimate list of our recommendations this year, including all the recent titles.
|The Human Brain Book: An Illustrated Guide to its Structure, Function, and Disorders
|Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age
|Sanjay Gupta M.D.
|Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain
|Lisa Feldman Barrett
|Your Brain Is Always Listening: Tame the Hidden Dragons That Control Your Happiness, Habits, and Hang-Ups
|Daniel G. Amen, MD
|Thinking, Fast and Slow
|Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
|Robert M. Sapolsky
|Unfuck Your Brain: Getting Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-Outs, and Triggers with science (5-Minute Therapy)
|Faith Harper PhD LPC-S ACS ACN
|Your Brain, Explained: What Neuroscience Reveals About Your Brain and its Quirks
|The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep
|Dr. Guy Leschziner
|The Brain: The Story of You