Can you really rewire an adult brain? In Override, Caroline Williams goes on a mission to find out.
Volunteering herself as a guinea pig for top neuroscientists, Williams travels the world testing out brain training techniques that promise to affect real change: from improving on weaknesses such as her limited attention span, tendency to worry, and poor navigation skills, to more mysterious areas such as creativity and the perception of time.
From high-tech brain stimulation to meditation, adding bolt-on senses, and retraining stress response, Override is an intimate, fascinating journey into discovering what neuroscience can do for us — and what it can't.
‘If your mind has a mind of its own, this is the book that will teach you how to discipline it and stop it wandering off. Caroline Williams has written an entertaining, smart self-help book for people who hate self-help books. Her great skill is in navigating the complexity of neuroscience to produce a practical, no-nonsense guide to brain-training that is also a page-turner.’
Gaia Vince, award-winning author of Adventures in the Anthropocene
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‘A more nuanced understanding of how our brains really work that is both empowering and insightful.’
Fred Sculthorpe, The Irish Times
‘Presented in crisp chapters, Override is a diverting investigation into how neuroscience can nudge us towards making more efficient use of our brain’s resources.’
‘A fascinating journey into the changes that have been discovered about the brain and mind.’