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That’s What You Think! (US)

A Mind-Boggling Guide to the Brain
This book provides insightful, easy-to-follow answers to children’s questions about the brain accompanied by fun, enlightening photographs.
Jan von Holleben, Michael Madeja, Katja Naie
Release Date: 
January 2015
Translated from German by Jen Metcalf
17 × 24 cm
Full color, hardcover, 184 pages
Product details: 
For ages 11 and older
Shop Price: $24.95
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About This Book

We use our brains every day, but how do they actually control our thoughts, our movements, and our feelings? Does the brain turn itself off at night? Can people who research the brain read minds? 

In That’s What You Think!, experts respond to 80 questions posed by children about the brain. Their answers explore how our brains develop, what they are made of, and how they work. They reveal astounding information and facts not only about the human brain, but also about the gray matter of earthworms, ants, and sperm whales. 

The images created by Jan von Holleben capture our personal control rooms in action—as we taste, get scared, study, juggle, and sleepwalk. These fun, enlightening photographs clearly demonstrate that even when we do nothing at all, our brains are hard at work.

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Jan von Holleben’s original images representing abstract topics are in high demand, and his work is regularly featured in notable newspapers and magazines. Trained as an educator, von Holleben often works with children and young people. Little Gestalten has also published von Holleben’s Does This Happen to Everyone? A Budding Adult’s Guide to Puberty

Michael Madeja is a neuroscientist and doctor, as well as a professor at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. He is also one of the directors of the Hertie Foundation, where he oversees the neuroscience and university divisions. A father of three, Madeja takes great joy in sharing the mysteries of the brain with children and adults alike. Katja Naie holds a degree in biology and a PhD in neuroscience. She is the director of a website dedicated to the brain (, where she engages with a broad readership and shares her fascination for the brain and the role it plays in our feelings, thoughts, and actions.



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