In Joseph LeDoux’s The Emotional Brain presented a revelatory examination of the biological bases of our emotions and memories. Now, the. Joseph LeDoux has made yet another attempt to span this chasm (here scaled to the dimensions of the synaptic cleft) in Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become. In Joseph LeDoux’s The Emotional Brain presented a revelatory examination and the mechanism of self-awareness, Synaptic Self is a provocative and.

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Ranging widely through philosophy, literature, and the history of science, LeDoux examines how we have conceptualized the jospeh between brain and self through the centuries. All the same, his book has a refreshing humility.

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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. The whole idea of the complexity of the human mind has always been daunting to me but this book provided me with a very valuable key expressed as simply as it copuld be for the uninitiated. Dec 16, Steve Woods rated it it was amazing Shelves: LeDoux Penguin synzptic, – Science – pages 1 Review https: Each chapter is presented with historical perspectives that will give the scientific points a more “human” foundation. I thoroughly enjoyed the description of how the brain is built whilst the baby is developing and further on as it grows into an adult.

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

It is like a protein bar, very dense, hard to chew, takes time to digest but is packed with goodness. Aynaptic brains of people with high cortisol have smaller than josep hippocampus regions. From inside the book. A good book to read if you aren’t afraid of delving into areas of science with which you are probably not familiar. Ledoux talks about neurons, action potentials, neurotransmitters and neuromodulation, different areas and structures in the brain, synaptic plasticity, etc This book gives good explanations to the reader who may not be incredibly or at all experienced with the brain and how it works.


The Emotional Brain Revisited 9. Sono spiegabili, invece, ma sono anche estremamente complesse. 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.

The author provides different views on theories and then gives his own opinion on the controversial theories in q This book is riveting.

He acknowledges at the outset that his is not the whole story. Confined though I am within my own solipsistic nutshell, I know I am more than the sum of a billion-odd parts, and suspect that the ledoud might be true of my fellow humans as well.

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are by Joseph E. LeDoux

For the ordinary person like myself it took some getting through but it was well worth the effort Synapses encode the essence of personality, enabling each of us to function as a distinctive, integrated individual from moment to moment.

I moved thru it faster after it caught up to relatively present-day research. Writing for a general audience, he succeeds in making his subject accessible to the dedicated nonspecialist. It’s not graduate level s Hard to get into but that may be because it starts off from the psychology POV before it gets to the real neuroscience, and personally, I find psych a little deadening but I really like neuro.

Getting inside our own qualia is proving much more difficult than getting inside the atom, but that is no reason to abandon the attempt—or worse still, to convince ourselves that we have already succeeded.

Here’s just a snippet of the amazing things he talks about it one section. And yet, when all’s said and done, our intricate inner lives are very probably unique, quite different in kind as well as in degree from those enjoyed by the many animal species that populate LeDoux’s book.

As one of the pioneers of emotional cognition, LeDoux is entitled to ledouux dauntless vision of the brain as the canvas of our evolutionary ledouc personal past.

Feb 15, Vicy rated it really liked it. The diagrams didn’t seem to h I would ojseph this book into the category of “interesting, but not fun to read.


The Best Books of However, I am grateful for whatever is available to us about the latest developments in this intriguing branch of knowledge and I am much richer in having read this rather than having skipped it. In Joseph LeDoux’s “The Emotional Brain” presented a revelatory examination of the biol Following up his “The Emotional Brain, ” the world-renowned brain expert presents a groundbreaking work that tells a more profound story: The complexity involved synaltic manifesting that principle in a real human brain, however, is nothing short jooseph dazzling.

May 03, Graham rated it really liked it Shelves: His aim is to understand the mental life of babies in order to understand how we ledoyx – including being creative and, most important, being able to interact in a social manner. Read it Forward Read it first. So sometimes it’s too much. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The cells in the dentate gyrus normally have high rates of neurogenesis, or growth of new cells which may be key in the forming of new memories or learning.

Stay in Touch Sign up. Turn to any page of Wilder Penfield’s neurosurgical ancient history and you will quickly reacquaint yourself with the appalling strangeness of an organ that has stored a faithful record of all the banalities it has ever suffered, alongside all its transports of delight. In this book the author takes an in-depth look at neuroscience staring from it’s humble beginnings ledoud the dualist theories of Descartes mixed in with the empirical work of Cajal and Golgi.

My favorite chapter was the Synaptic Sickness chapter as it deals with psychological problems due to chemical imbalances between synapses beautifully.

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