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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Notes Works Cited Index. But these are small matters for there is much to fascinate and inform the reader who is fortunate enough to come across this book. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. Sometimes he uses entire sentences just to mention the names of the researchers and institutions that made so and so research.

In order to do this he devoted much attention to where the process of mental development is abnormal, and thus focuses on autism. At times overly technical, even for one with a science background. The diagrams didn’t seem to h I would put this book into the category of “interesting, but not fun to read.

The cause of autism remains unknown as does the reason why many more boys are autistic than girls. Still, the idea of “teaching to the brain” has taken hold. The rest of the book proceeds to delve into the mechanics of this.

The author provides different views on theories and then gives his own opinion on the controversial theories in question. There’s also a cool section about “love” by studying pair-bonding in prairie voles, which are one of the The brain is an absolutely incredible thing For me its real value lay in its explanation of the formation of the sense of se For me this was an amazing book.


His book is a well-written and commendably comprehensive survey of many of the big ideas in modern neuroscience.

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Synaptic Self was a perfectly challenging read. I jpseph a little trouble reading about the various ways that scientists discover things about the brain. Neuroanatomy, cellular neurophysiology, neurotransmitter pharmacology, systems physiology, behavioural psychology, functional brain imaging, clinical neurology and psychiatry are all duly painted in. The Lost World I would recommend this for someone who already has some background knowledge in neurosciences and wants to dive a bit deeper and tackle also the philosophical questions.

A scientific background was all but necessary, however little was needed in the synapgic of biology, chemistry, or neurology.

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In the end, I’m not even sure I read the whole book because I ended up skipping around until I found something interesting and understandable. Support Center Support Center.

He outlines the ways that brain plasticity functions at the level of individual neurons and synapses, which was really eye-opening. May 25, Niklas rated it really liked it. Understanding the self is more than just understanding neurons, it’s understanding systems of neurons, and understanding how the functioning joeph those systems translates into behavior, thoughts and emotions.

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While there are certainly elements of truth in that philosophy, I think that’s being unfair to many of books that really do a fantastic job of introducing people to these concepts without forcing them to be an expert.

See all books by Joseph LeDoux. He is so thorough that one almost thinks that he gives a little too much time to the philosophical approach but at least he stays away from burying the reader in qualia. Paperbackpages. Other editions – View all Synaptic Self: Aug 05, Chrissy rated it really liked it Shelves: Synapses are the tiny gaps between nerve cells across which chemical signals pass from one nerve cell to the next.


That everything is being dumbed down and simplified to reach a wider audience and keep things interesting.

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It’s the homunculus rearing his ugly head. My next book is going to be a book on optimism by Michael J. How Our Brains Become who We are.

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 joesph. It is like a protein bar, very dense, hard to chew, takes time to digest but is packed with goodness. In the presence of high cortisol, these cells do not regenerate. This book explored the latter idea extensively.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. LeDoux’s central concern is nothing less than the synaptic interface between the ancient emotional circuitry of the limbic brain and the neocortical apparatus of cognition and motivation. Brain diseases, which besides being very interesting, are perfect examples of how the self is ultimately based on the structure of the brain, but the book falls short of these examples too only one chapter called Synaptic Sickness is devoted to the subject, but most of it is lost in describing neural pathways and very specific biochemical processes.