Book Review: Blue Mind

I love water. It turns out, that tons of other people love water, too! In fact, the calming effects of water are so prevalent that someone decided to write a book about the psychology of humans’ love of water. Blue Mind, characterized as “the surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do”. Written by Wallace J. Nichols, the book delves deep into the human brain and looks at the pathways that enforce our attraction to the water.

The book compares tons of studies, all of which are incredibly interesting and informational. However, all 278 pages prove the same point: humans love water, there’s tons of science to back it up, and water seems to have a positive effect on the brain. Although this is part of why the book was written, to compile all of the research done on the human brain and water, it is a bit repetitive. It is not easy to simply recall one of the many studies done, especially when explaining to friends what you are reading, and the general gist of the book.

The book is fascinating. The science is fascinating. But it is a very long read. As a science major, I knew some of the basis for the studies, and techniques used, and it definitely helped me understand and interpret some of the information.  If you are looking for a highly scientific review on the brain and water, this is the book for you! Otherwise, just know that your love for water is  biological!

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