Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Penguin, Jan 28, 2003 - Medical - 416 pages
20 Reviews
In 1996 Joseph LeDoux's The Emotional Brain presented a revelatory examination of the biological bases of our emotions and memories. Now, the world-renowned expert on the brain has produced with a groundbreaking work that tells a more profound story: how the little spaces between the neurons—the brain's synapses—are the channels through which we think, act, imagine, feel, and remember. Synapses encode the essence of personality, enabling each of us to function as a distinctive, integrated individual from moment to moment. Exploring the functioning of memory, the synaptic basis of mental illness and drug addiction, and the mechanism of self-awareness, Synaptic Self is a provocative and mind-expanding work that is destined to become a classic.


  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
6
4 stars
8
3 stars
5
2 stars
1
1 star
0

Review: Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

LeDoux may be a hard-nosed scientist, but he is a great guide to understanding the brain as an integrated system. Having little previous exposure to neurobiology I found it necessary to take some ... Read full review

Review: Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

User Review  - Melanie Florence - Goodreads

Basically, I was hoping for something a bit lighter. And I was disappointed to read about all the testing on animals. I like reading about science and the brain but this book was difficult to slog ... Read full review

Contents

THE BIG ONE
1
SEEKING THE SELF
13
THE MOST UNACCOUNTABLE OF MACHINERY
33
BUILDING THE BRAIN
65
ADVENTURES IN TIME
97
SMALL CHANGE
134
THE MENTAL TRILOGY
174
THE EMOTIONAL BRAIN REVISITED
200
THE LOST WORLD
235
SYNAPTIC SICKNESS
260
WHO ARE YOU?
301
NOTES
325
WORKS CITED
359
NDEX
393
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2003)

Joseph LeDoux is Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at New York University's Center for Neural Sciences. He is the author of The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life and coauthor (with Michael Gazzaniga) of The Integrated Mind.

Bibliographic information