Jones has created an absorbing study of the ways our most beloved characters teach us about human interactions and social settings, using the disciplines of both literary analysis and neuropsychological science. This is a hefty volume and not for the casual re My review of this book appears in Historical Novels Review 83 February This is a hefty volume and not for the casual reader, but it also offers an accessible introduction to the science of mind and the history of behavioral psychology, written in a warm, engaging, personal style.
The text is accompanied by charming black-and-white sketches, rendering complex scientific structures of the brain and cognitive systems into simple, Austen-themed graphics. Jones moves seamlessly from neuroscience to a comprehensive overview of the history of psychotherapy in the second half of the book. Although this is not meant to be a self-help guide, it certainly offers valuable Austenian examples of compassion, resilience, tolerance, and kindness, eminently worthy of emulation by the attentive reader.
Feb 27, Erika Hope Spencer rated it really liked it.
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I've had this laying around and finally read it. I know all of Austen's novels and I'm also interested in social sciences so it was a clever if unusual way to think about either of these topics-intertwined as they were. There are many books devoted to one or the other topic so to me this was an entertaining way to have them combined but it seems that some people felt it was misrepresented. I wasn't I've had this laying around and finally read it. I wasn't at all surprised by the technical aspects.
You will be reading about neurochemicals and romantic love.
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It wasn't particularly illuminating but it was very enjoyable! May 27, Connie Lindstrom rated it really liked it. Surprisingly readable but probably has limited appeal. I think you have to be really really interested in Jane Austen and at least somewhat interested in neuroscience, which probably restricts the audience quite a bit.
But if that describes you, I think you will come away with a stronger understanding of the connection between brain and behavior, as well as a deepened appreciation for Austen's powers to describe the physical manifestations of emotion. Mar 24, anna b rated it it was ok. Not as easy to listen to audio book as many other non-fiction books.
Only for Jane Austen fans as the author highlighted behaviours of Austen's characters to different aspects of social behaviours and personality disorders, together with deeper dive into brain functions. It was interesting at the beginning but became very, very dry to me after 3 chapters or so. Dec 05, Jocelyn S rated it it was amazing. As someone who was curious but not very knowledgeable about mind-brain sciences, and is a fan but not a fanatic of Jane Austen, I found this book very readable and engaging.
An original premise and very well-written. I enjoyed how the author wove neuroscience and Austen's work together throughout the book. Jun 10, Hannah rated it liked it. That's about it, but really: Mar 11, Jean rated it really liked it.
Jane on the Brain: Exploring the Science of Social Intelligence with Jane Austen
A delightful concept--using social neuroscience and Jane Austen's work to illustrate and illuminate each other--with a mostly-delightful result. The IPNB was familiar to me, but I have been reading on this topic for a while; newcomers interested in the topic and willing to learn some fairly heavy science should find the book well worth the time--assuming they have at least minimal familiarity with Austen's novels.
I'm no Janeite but have enjoyed all the books and now have a deeper understanding A delightful concept--using social neuroscience and Jane Austen's work to illustrate and illuminate each other--with a mostly-delightful result. I'm no Janeite but have enjoyed all the books and now have a deeper understanding of why. Laura rated it really liked it Mar 13, Maria rated it it was amazing Jun 27, Tatiana Rymarenko rated it liked it Dec 21, Ailbhe rated it it was amazing Mar 09, Shelly rated it liked it Jan 29, Meghan Blazewski rated it really liked it Feb 12, Erica rated it it was ok Feb 08, Charlotte Everly rated it liked it Jun 27, Eleanor rated it it was ok Aug 29, Christopher rated it really liked it Dec 14, Katherine rated it it was amazing Jan 28, NaD rated it it was amazing Jun 16, Martha rated it it was amazing Jun 24, She was told there was nothing outside but a forest filled with danger and death.
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And she always believed it — until the night she saw Quentin Herms run away. And he left behind a trail of clues that point to a dark conspiracy at the heart of Wormwood.
To follow the clues will attract the attention of influential people willing to kill to keep their secrets. If Vega wants to stay safe, she just needs to keep her head down and her mouth shut. David Baldacci introduces an unforgettable heroine who must think fast, hit hard, and defy all odds to uncover the truth.
Why would Quentin Herms flee into the Quag? There was nothing in the Quag except certain death. Vega Jane has never left the village of Wormwood. At least not until Quentin Herms vanishes into the unknown. The Quag is a dark forest filled with terrifying beasts and bloodthirsty Outliers.
Jane on the Brain: Exploring the Science of Social Intelligence with Jane Austen by Wendy Jones
But just as deadly are the threats that exist within the walls of Wormwood. It is a place built on lies, where influential people are willing to kill to keep their secrets. Here is the Austen section of my Penguin Popular Classics collection. I am missing Persuasion as I have not found a copy in this imprint yet.
I do have a different edition of the book in my library, so I am not totally missing Persuasion. In J ane on the Brain the author explores the underlying science of love, joy, sorrow, attraction, narcissism and many other emotions and conditions. Those of you who are familiar with the Austen books can probably name a character who iseither extroverted or is a narcissist. Some people know the Austen characters from the many movies or mini-series that have been filmed about the books. The BBC series is one of the most popular.
While flying back from Canada last month I watched Emma. When I got home I decided that I had to read Emma again. Of course, I just had to go to my Penguin series book shelf. As often is the case, the book was again better than the movie. Of course, some of the books have had multiple movies made of them. I have three different versions of Pride and Prejudice.