However smart we humans think we are, the basic structure of our brain is shared with the very first mammals that appeared 200 million years ago. Some parts are older still - and designed more for survival rather than reasoned thinking or complex tasks like riding a motorcycle.
Every time we ride our bikes we ask the various parts of our brains to manage a complex interchange of roles, as we balance instinctive reactions with learned techniques.
This book demystifies the reptilian brain, limbic system and neo-cortex, shows how they juggle the job of riding back and forth, explains why things sometimes go wrong, and in a simple, step-by-step process suggests ways we can train our brain to make better decisions as we ride.
A great book that I will use as a reference book for my teaching career. As an ADI and ex-examiner (DSA) I am always interested in books that can give me tips on improving my own safety, and the safety of my pupils. I teach car driving but use a motorcycle in the fair weather. It has some interesting facts on how our human brain works, how we acquire skills and why when we have an emergency situation, even though we may be trained traditionally for that emergency - why we do not handle this as well as we might. As a hypnotherapist I have to say the book is extremely well researched and factual, the authors information is accurate and helpful to anyone who is interested in the way we learn. This book is great and I will be buy two of them, one for my brother who is interested in safe motorbike riding and one for my brother in law who has just recovered from a motorbike accident.
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