If you've ever wondered exactly what your brain is doing as you go about your everyday life, this is the book for you. Your Daily Brain "collects science's best understandings of how to maximize the use of your brain, generally organized by the situations in your day when you're likely to use these skills."
The book is cleverly divided into morning, day, and evening sections, and then further by time (8:15 am, 2 pm, 6:45 pm). Each time entry delves into a common occurrence (picking which radio station to listen to during your morning commute, going to the gym, dealing with squabbling children) and addresses, in plain English, what the best choice is (if current research knows what the best choice is).
I found the entry on how to know if your relationship will last particularly fascinating; as a child of divorce I've always been curious about what makes some marriages last and others not. Your Daily Brain presents interesting research about the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" that make relationships fall apart (criticism, defensiveness, stonewalling and contempt). Thankfully, I don't recognize any of those is my marriage, but if I did, the author helpfully suggests it might be a good idea to seek help before it's too late.
Your Daily Brain is written in a super conversational tone: you will understand what the author is explaining, even without a PhD in neuroscience. It's also a slim little volume, a mere 191 pages, easy enough to breeze through in a sitting or two. It makes a great beach or plane read if you're looking for something that's easy to dive into but will still make you feel smarter when you've finished it.
My one complaint about the book is that it lacks an index to pull discussions on a singular topic (sleep, for instance) together, though there is a detailed table on contents.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.