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Dean Burnett - book author

Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist and psychiatry lecturer at the Centre for Medical Education at Cardiff University and is the author of the Guardian’s most-read science blog, Brain Flapping. He lives in Cardiff.

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This is the website for Doctor Dean Burnett, neuroscientist, lecturer, author, blogger, media pundit, science communicator, comedian and numerous other things, depending on who’s asking and what they need.

Although employed as a tutor and lecturer by the Cardiff University Centre for Medical Education in his day job, Dean is best known for his satirical science column ‘Brain Flapping‘ at the Guardian, and his internationally acclaimed debut book ‘The Idiot Brain‘.

Dean Burnett was born and raised in Pontycymer, a working-class former mining village in the South Wales valleys, which explains his strong Welsh accent. After completing his A-levels he attended Cardiff University to complete a BSc in Neuroscience. After working several jobs he returned to Cardiff University as part of the Psychology School where he completed a neuroscience PhD in the role of the hippocampus in configural learning.

Alongside his studying, Dean developed an interest in comedy, eventually taking the plunge and trying stand-up in 2004, a hobby he maintains to this day. His interest in comedy and science lead to him combining the two and attempt to write humorous takes on topical science stories. This eventually resulted in a regular blog on the Guardian website in 2012, which is still going strong today.

Dean lives in Cardiff with his wife and children.

Dean Burnett is the author of books: Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To, Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why, Psycho-logical, Why Your Parents Are Driving You Up the Wall and What To Do About It: THE BOOK EVERY TEENAGER NEEDS TO READ, The Emotional Brain, Emotional Ignorance, Psycho-Logical, Psycho-Logical, Idiot brain, my stroke, doctor you, trust me and where does it hurt 5 books collection set, Happy brain, my stroke, doctor you, trust me and where does it hurt 5 books collection set

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The brain is an absolute marvel—the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle (so far) of evolutionary progress, and the engine of human experience. But it’s also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out of date. We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things sitting right in front of us, and lie awake at night while our brains endlessly replay our greatest fears. Idiot Brain is for anyone who has ever wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life—and what on earth it is really up to.


A Library Journal Science Bestseller and a Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award in Science Technology.
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The pursuit of happiness is one of the most common and enduring quests of human life. It’s what drives us to get a job, fall in love, watch stand-up comedy, go to therapy, have questionable obsessions, and come home at the end of the day. But where does happiness come from, and why do we need it so much? Is lasting, permanent happiness possible—or should it be? And what does any of this have to do with the brain?

In this delightful sequel to Idiot Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett explores these questions. He combines the latest research and theories about how the brain works with interviews and contributions from relevant individuals, such as relationship experts, psychology professors, comedy writers, celebrities, millionaire gurus, and pretty much anyone else involved in bringing about happiness in others. Distinguished by Burnett’s signature wit and curiosity, Happy Brain elucidates our understanding of what happiness actually is, where it comes from, and what exactly is going on in our brains when we’re in a cheery state. Humorous and enlightening, Happy Brain explores a fascinating aspect of modern neuroscience and, in the process, reveals something about what it means to be human.
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Why are conditions like depression and anxiety so common? Why is our mental health so vulnerable to the stresses and events of modern life? Neuroscientist and best-selling author Dean Burnett (The Idiot Brain, The Happy Brain) returns to answers these questions and more. Covering everything from the inner workings of the brain to the role of addiction, this essential audiobook will equip you with the knowledge and know-how to better understand and care for your own mental health. Skilfully narrated by the brilliant Matt Addis.
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"Get up or you'll miss the best part of the day!"
"You treat this place like a hotel."
"Can you just put that phone down for one minute?!"

After years of reliable performance, has something recently gone wrong with your parents? Do you find yourself stressed out, arguing about the most ridiculous things? Do you feel like you're processing the same world with entirely different brains? Would all of you like to fix things?

There are hundreds of books for parents about how to deal with their teenagers. For the first time, doctor of brains and international bestselling author, Dean Burnett has written a book FOR teenagers to understand just what on earth is going on. From why parents are obsessed with tidiness, to why they won't let you get enough sleep and generally why they don't seem to get anything, this guide covers all the major parental malfunctions.

By understanding the science behind where your parents are coming from, you'll know exactly how to troubleshoot conflict when it occurs and even fix it before it does.

You'll never be able to remove arguments completely. But imagine what you'd be capable of if you weren't wasting all that time and energy arguing about tidying your room.
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'I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.' - Mr Spock, on humans (Star Trek S3E7)

Emotions. They're a pain, aren't they? If only we were all a little less emotional and a lot more rational, we wouldn't get ourselves into half the scrapes we do.

But is that a fair synopsis? Are emotions really some form of cognitive appendix that we'd be better off without? Or do they serve a deeper purpose? For them to take up so much of our brain's precious resources, emotions must have evolved for a reason. What is that reason?

And how do they work in the brain? Are they innate, wired in from the word go, allowing a baby to cry with distress mere seconds after exiting the womb? Or are they learned, over time and through our experiences of dealing with others?

In The Emotional Brain, Dean Burnett investigates all these questions - and many more besides. Combining in-depth research with expert analysis, the end result is a fascinating and endlessly entertaining account of the science underlying our emotional lives.
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'I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.' - Mr Spock, on humans (Star Trek S3E7)

Emotions. They're a pain, aren't they? If only we were all a little less emotional and a lot more rational, we wouldn't get ourselves into half the scrapes we do.

But is that a fair synopsis? Are emotions really some form of cognitive appendix that we'd be better off without? Or do they serve a deeper purpose? For them to take up so much of our brain's precious resources, emotions must have evolved for a reason. What is that reason?

And how do they work in the brain? Are they innate, wired in from the word go, allowing a baby to cry with distress mere seconds after exiting the womb? Or are they learned, over time and through our experiences of dealing with others?

In The Emotional Brain, Dean Burnett investigates all these questions - and many more besides. Combining in-depth research with expert analysis, the end result is a fascinating and endlessly entertaining account of the science underlying our emotional lives.
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One in four people experience a mental health problem each year, with depression and anxiety alone afflicting over 500 million people.

Why are these conditions so widespread? What is it about modern life that has such an impact on our mental health? And why is there still so much confusion and stigma around these issues?

In Psycho-Logical, bestselling author Dean Burnett sets out to answer these questions and more. Drawing on extensive scientific research, along with revealing insights from those who deal with mental health issues on a daily basis, the result is an expertly written and extremely accessible primer on how and why these problems arise, and what we can do to tackle them.
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One in four people experience a mental health problem each year, with depression and anxiety alone afflicting over 500 million people.

Why are these conditions so widespread? What is it about modern life that has such an impact on our mental health? And why is there still so much confusion and stigma around these issues?

In Psycho-Logical, bestselling author Dean Burnett sets out to answer these questions and more. Drawing on extensive scientific research, along with revealing insights from those who deal with mental health issues on a daily basis, the result is an expertly written and extremely accessible primer on how and why these problems arise, and what we can do to tackle them.