Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

Following up his 1996 "The Emotional Brain, " the world-renowned brain expert presents 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, feel, imagine, act, and remember. 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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  • "Cutting edge" in the field of applied neurobiology to psychological-emotional development, and the role of synapses in the brain specifically. There is a bunch of Brain-Based Learning (BBL) in the K-...

  • In simple terms, this book by neuroscientist LeDoux states that we are who we are because of how our brains are connected. Circuitry is more important than the theory of "chemical/neurotransmitter bal...

  • I would put this book into the category of "interesting, but not fun to read." Why? Because I'm interested in all that cool new neuroscience research, but I really had to force myself through some of ...

  • I'm sometimes told that the popular science books I read don't do an adequate job of relaying the true scientific underbelly of the subject being talked about. That everything is being dumbed down and...

  • A wealth of information about the brain and the way that it communicates. The main focus of the book is the synaptic connections within the brain. The most interesting chapters for me were: "The Most ...

  • A provocative reading directing our attention towards the importance of paying attention at little details ( synapses) that influence major outcomes (personality) . The author supports the “synaptic...

  • A wildly educational popular-ISH science book for those somewhere between novice and veteran in the field of neuroscience (basic understanding of psychology and chemistry/biology recommended). LeDoux ...

  • An enormous snooze-fest. My dissertation research is essentially about "what makes us who we are" so I was really looking forward to reading this book. LeDoux left whole bodies of research regarding e...

  • This book introduces the idea that we, meaning our memory, is stored in the strength of our synaptic connections.The author is too verbose to suit me, but that may just reflect my previous readings.Ba...

  • I wouldn't say that this is a book to read "for fun." LeDoux does not do a fantastic job of bequeathing his knowledge and the frontiers of neuroscience research to the layperson. This book gets pretty...

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