The Naked Brain: How the Emerging Neurosociety Is Changing How We Live, Work, and Love

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Three Rivers Press, 2007 - Medical - 255 pages
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Consider a world in which

• Marketers use brain scans to determine consumer interest in a product

• Politicians use brain-image-based profiles to target voters

• A test could determine your suitability for a job or to whom you will be romantically attracted

Far from science fiction, this “neurosociety”—a society in which brain science influences every aspect of daily life—is already here.

Innovative researchers and cutting-edge technology, like brain imaging and brain scanning devices, have revolutionized our understanding of how we process information, communicate, trust, sympathize, and love. However, scientists and doctors are not the only ones interested in the naked brain; advertisers, politicians, economists, and others are using the latest findings on the human brain to reshape our lives, from the bedroom to the boardroom.

Despite the potential benefits, there's obvious peril in the promise. Richard Restak explores the troubling moral and legal dilemmas that arise from corporate and political applications of this new brain research. Someday we may live in a world where our choices, our professional and personal prospects, even our morals and ethics will be controlled by those armed with an elite understanding of the principles of neuroscience.

Eye-opening and provocative, The Naked Brain is a startling look at the impact such unprecedented access to our most secret thoughts and tendencies will have on all of us.

In The Naked Brain, bestselling author Richard Restak explores how the latest technology and research have exposed the brain and how we think, feel, remember, and socialize in unprecedented and often surprising ways. Now that knowledge is being used by doctors, advertisers, politicians, and others to influence and revolutionize nearly every aspect of our daily lives.

Restak is our guide to this neurosociety, a brave new world in which brain science influences our present and will even more tangibly shape our future. Citing social trends, shifts in popular culture, the rise and fall of products in the public favor, even changes in the American vernacular, The Naked Brain is an illuminating and often troubling investigation of the impending opportunities and dangers being created by the neuroscience revolution, and a revelation for anyone who ever wondered why they prefer Coke over Pepsi or Kerry over Bush.


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Review: The Naked Brain: How the Emerging Neurosociety is Changing How We Live, Work, and Love

User Review  - Lage von Dissen - Goodreads

As I've written in my most recent blog post, titled "Neuroscience Arms Race & Our Changing World we are definitely entering a paradigm shift in terms of our world view and how we look at concepts such ... Read full review

Review: The Naked Brain: How the Emerging Neurosociety is Changing How We Live, Work, and Love

User Review  - Bob Nichols - Goodreads

Restak reviews many studies and pulls them together into a loose theme about how neuroscience influences "every aspect of daily life." In this, his 17th book, there's a lot of facts and information ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Richard Restak, M.D., is a neurologist, neuropsychiatrist, and clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University's Medical Center. He is the bestselling author of fifteen acclaimed books about the brain, including Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot and Poe's Heart and the Mountain Climber. He has also written the companion book to several PBS specials.


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