Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

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Penguin, Jan 28, 2003 - Medical - 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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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
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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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