Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

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Penguin, Jan 28, 2003 - Psychology - 416 pages
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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.
 

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SYNAPTIC SELF: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

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The author of The Emotional Brain (1996) elaborates on the theory that the particular patterns of synaptic connections in our brain provide the keys to who we are.LeDoux (Science/NYU) begins with a ... Read full review

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Brain/mind theorists tread upon sensitive territory when they address the issue of personality. Many will readily concede that the activities of the mind result from physical process in the brain, but ... Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
THE BIG
SEEKING THE SELF
THE MOST UNACCOUNTABLE OF MACHINERY
BUILDING THE BRAIN
ADVENTURES IN TIME
1682
SMALL CHANGE
1730
THE MENTAL TRILOGY
1783
THE EMOTIONAL BRAIN REVISITED
1815
THE LOST WORLD
1860
SYNAPTIC SICKNESS
1891
WHO ARE YOU?
1941
NOTES
1973
WORKS CITED
2024
INDEX
2080
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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.

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