Super Brain Book Summary - Super Brain Book explained in key points
Listen to the Intro
00:00

Super Brain summary

Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi

Unleash the Explosive Power of Your Mind

4.4 (398 ratings)
19 mins

Brief summary

'Super Brain' by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi explores the extraordinary abilities of the human brain, showcasing how it can be improved at any age to enhance overall wellbeing and cognitive function.

Table of Contents

    Super Brain
    Summary of 8 key ideas

    Audio & text in the Blinkist app
    Key idea 1 of 8

    Once you understand how the brain works, you can use this knowledge to heal your body.

    The mind and the body are not separate. In fact, the human brain is deeply connected to each and every cell in the human body.

    When the brain communicates with the body, feedback loops can occur. Feedback loops happen when outside stimuli set off a chain reaction of simultaneous and sometimes conflicting messages.

    Let’s say you’re walking down a street when a dog jumps out from behind a door and startles you. This event causes your brain to send a fight-or-flight message to your body; your heart in response will start to beat faster.

    A scare like this possibly could lead to a heart attack, but this is usually prevented by another message from the brain that sets off a feedback loop. While kicking your heart into gear, the brain simultaneously tells the adrenal glands to produce hormones to keep your heart from beating too fast; these hormones eventually will ease the heart back to a normal rhythm.

    What’s exciting about this process is that we have the power to control feedback loops as well as determine how this communication affects the body.

    For example, Tibetan monks practice a harmonious balance between mind and body. Through intense focus, monks can control which messages the brain sends to the body. When the temperature dips below freezing, a monk can meditate and encourage his brain to send his body messages that will raise his body temperature to a comfortable level.

    This kind of mind control has also been tapped to fight diseases once considered chronic and incurable.

    When a person has a stroke, the trauma can sever neural pathways used to send messages from the brain to parts of the body, which can result in partial paralysis.

    While medical professionals once thought such paralysis was incurable, now therapists can help stroke victims train the brain by sending repetitive messages to affected areas of the body. As part of the therapy, a patient focuses on simple tasks, such as lifting a cup or writing down a word, and over time, the neural pathways will repair themselves and regular movement can be restored.

    This example shows us how resilient and powerful the brain can be when we give it focused attention.

    Want to see all full key ideas from Super Brain?

    Key ideas in Super Brain

    More knowledge in less time
    Read or listen
    Read or listen
    Get the key ideas from nonfiction bestsellers in minutes, not hours.
    Find your next read
    Find your next read
    Get book lists curated by experts and personalized recommendations.
    Shortcasts
    Shortcasts New
    We’ve teamed up with podcast creators to bring you key insights from podcasts.

    What is Super Brain about?

    Super Brain (2012) offers a fascinating look at the amazing powers your brain has to change your life and even alter your perception of the world. “Mind over matter” is a rule; with the right set of tools, you can rise above the daily grind to live a healthier, longer life free from fear and disappointment.

    "Loved this book-in-blinks! I'm very interested in learning about the brain, endocrinology and the biochemical processes of the body. As a personal trainer, massage therapist and yoga teacher, I'm somewhat of a body nerd.” – Lisa, Blinkist user, USA

    Super Brain Review

    Super Brain (2012) explores the incredible power of the brain and how we can unlock its full potential. Here are three reasons why this book is a must-read:

    • It presents a wealth of scientific research and practical exercises that empower readers to enhance their cognitive abilities and improve overall brain health.
    • Combining the expertise of neuroscientist Rudolph E. Tanzi and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, this book offers a unique perspective that bridges science and spirituality, making it thought-provoking and enlightening.
    • The book avidly discusses the connection between mind and body, emphasizing the impact of lifestyle choices on brain function and offering strategies for holistic well-being.

    Best quote from Super Brain

    Everything hinges on how you relate to your brain. By setting higher expectations, you enter a phase of higher functioning.

    —Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi
    example alt text

    Who should read Super Brain?

    • Neurologists interested in the brain’s holistic powers
    • Spiritualists curious about how the brain perceives reality
    • Readers looking for the secret to happiness

    About the Author

    Rudolph E. Tanzi is a professor of neurology at Harvard University, specializing in the genetics of aging and associated neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's. He has received many awards for his work, including the Metropolitan Life Award. He is also the coauthor of the book Super Genes.

    Deepak Chopra is a doctor of internal medicine and endocrinology and teaches at the Kellogg School of Management. He is the founder of The Chopra Foundation and author of many bestselling books, including Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and Synchrodestiny.

    Categories with Super Brain

    Book summaries like Super Brain

    People ❤️ Blinkist 
    Sven O.

    It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality. Added to that the apps ability to suggest kindred interests opens up a foundation of knowledge.

    Thi Viet Quynh N.

    Great app. Good selection of book summaries you can read or listen to while commuting. Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion.

    Jonathan A.

    Life changing. The concept of being able to grasp a book's main point in such a short time truly opens multiple opportunities to grow every area of your life at a faster rate.

    Renee D.

    Great app. Addicting. Perfect for wait times, morning coffee, evening before bed. Extremely well written, thorough, easy to use.

    People also liked these summaries

    4.7 Stars
    Average ratings on iOS and Google Play
    31 Million
    Downloads on all platforms
    10+ years
    Experience igniting personal growth
    Powerful ideas from top nonfiction

    Try Blinkist to get the key ideas from 7,000+ bestselling nonfiction titles and podcasts. Listen or read in just 15 minutes.

    Start your free trial

    Super Brain FAQs 

    What is the main message of Super Brain?

    Super Brain teaches us how to optimize our brain health and unlock its full potential.

    How long does it take to read Super Brain?

    The reading time for Super Brain varies, but the Blinkist summary can be read in just 15 minutes.

    Is Super Brain a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Super Brain is a worthwhile read that offers insights and strategies to improve our brain function.

    Who is the author of Super Brain?

    Super Brain is written by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi.

    What to read after Super Brain?

    If you're wondering what to read next after Super Brain, here are some recommendations we suggest:
    • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
    • Brain Rules by John Medina
    • Abundance by Deepak Chopra
    • Metahuman by Deepak Chopra
    • Transcend by Scott Barry Kaufman
    • Fair Play by Eve Rodsky
    • The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
    • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy (Ian McMahan revised)
    • Smarter Tomorrow by Elizabeth R. Ricker
    • Indistractable by Nir Eyal