Author – Dr Stan Rodski
Publisher – Hardie Grant
Brain Science is available in Australian stores now, but is available for preorder (10/3) from the Book Depository via this link with free international shipping for those overseas.
Read my review of the first book in this series via this link.
This book is the follow-up to the popular Anti-Stress Colouring Book is authored by a neuroscientist, Dr Stan Rodski. He uses his experience and knowledge of the way the human brain works to construct colouring books that work to reduce your stress.
Brain Science is similar to its predecessor in structure, A4 and quite a decent thickness. The cover is glossy card and is made up of a coloured pattern.
The spine is glue bound, meaning that it can put up with quite a bit of manouvring without the pages coming loose, as can be a problem with some books.
The paper in the book is bright white and quite smooth, allowing for quite a smooth coverage from waterbased markers and fineliners. Coloured pencil does go on very easily, but the smoothness of the paper doesn’t allow for many layers. I experienced no bleeding with markers or fineliners, although a small amount of shadowing occurred. This is unfortunate, as the pages are double sided.
Each image also includes a white 1cm border to allow full access to the images.
As with the first book, this book is primarily made up of patterns. The book is structured in such a way that there are three sections – Creativity, Focus and Calm, dependant on your reason for colouring at the time.
The variety of patterns and geometric shapes contained is quite amazing, each turn of the page brings you a new pattern, new configuration or new angles for you to add colour to.
Prior to each section of the book, there are 2 pages explaining some of the science behind the book and the benefits of colouring in general.
Line thickness is consistent throughout the book, remaining thin throughout. This is great for consistency, as progressing through the book feels natural, like reading a book.
The intricacy of the images does vary throughout the book, with some patterns containing mainly larger space, and others quite small spaces.
As with its predecessor, this book never ceases to calm me from stress, distract me from my pain, or give me something else to concentrate on when I am feeling depressed. I’m not concerned with the finished product, but purely the act of colouring, focussing on each stroke and line and circle I make.
I think it is a fantastic book for anyone, but particularly those who suffer from mental health concerns – the variety of image means that there will always be something to suit your concentration level, and it works very well to distract or calm from your mind at the time.
The line thickness may be too thin for people with vision impairments, although check the images as always! The intricacy of most of the images would be suitable for people with fine motor control issues, although there will be some images that may be more difficult.
If you enjoyed this review please have a look at my review of a book filled with images to bring to life, The Art Of Mindfulness : Relaxed and Focused colouring.
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I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. Available via the link at the top of this review.