The Private Life of the Brain

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Penguin Books Limited, Feb 28, 2002 - Psychology - 272 pages
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What is happening in the brain when we drink too much alcohol, get high on ecstasy or experience road rage? Emotion, says internationally acclaimed neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, is the building block of consciousness. As our minds develop we create a personalized inner world based on our experiences. But during periods of intense emotion, such as anger, fear or euphoria, we can literally lose our mind, returning to the mental state we experienced as infants. Challenging many preconceived notions, Susan Greenfield's groundbreaking book seeks to answer one of science's most enduring mysteries: how our unique sense of self is created.

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User Review  - CharlesFerdinand - LibraryThing

The author essentially tries to build a model of the brain, in which the various states of consciousness correspond with various configurations of neurons within the brain. This does seem convincing ... Read full review

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE BRAIN: Emotions, Consciousness, and the Secret of the Self

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A neuroscientist's musings on how physiology and experience interact and intertwine to define an individual. Greenfield (The Human Brain, not reviewed) mounts a strong argument that to understand the ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Susan Greenfield is a leading neuroscientist based at the Laboratory of Pharmacology, Oxford. In 1994 she was the first woman to give the annual Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. She is the presenter for BBC2's Brain Story.

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