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In this compelling, cutting-edge book, two generations of science writers explore the exciting science of “body maps” in the brain-and how startling new discoveries about the mind-body connection can change and improve our lives. Why do you still feel fat after losing weight? What makes video games so addictive? How can “practicing” your favorite sport in your imagination improve your game? The answers can be found in body maps.

Just as road maps represent interconnections across the landscape, your many body maps represent all aspects of your bodily self, inside and out. In concert, they create your physical and emotional awareness and your sense of being a whole, feeling self in a larger social world.

Moreover, your body maps are profoundly elastic. Your self doesnt begin and end with your physical body but extends into the space around you. This space morphs every time you put on or take off clothes, ride a bike, or wield a tool. When you drive a car, your personal body space grows to envelop it. When you play a video game, your body maps automatically track and emulate the actions of your character onscreen. When you watch a scary movie, your body maps put dread in your stomach and send chills down your spine. If your body maps fall out of sync, you may have an out-of-body experience or see auras around other people.

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own explains how you can tap into the power of body maps to do almost anything better-whether it is playing tennis, strumming a guitar, riding a horse, dancing a waltz, empathizing with a friend, raising children, or coping with stress.

The story of body maps goes even further, providing a fresh look at the causes of anorexia, bulimia, obsessive plastic surgery, and the notorious golfers curse “the yips.” It lends insights into culture, language, music, parenting, emotions, chronic pain, and more.

Filled with illustrations, wonderful anecdotes, and even parlor tricks that you can use to reconfigure your body sense, The Body Has a Mind of Its Own will change the way you think-about the way you think.

“The Blakeslees have taken the latest and most exciting finds from brain research and have made them accessible. This is how science writing should always be.”

-Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D., author of The Ethical Brain

“Through a stream of fascinating and entertaining examples, Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee illustrate how our perception of ourselves, and indeed the world, is not fixed but is surprisingly fluid and easily modified. They have created the best book ever written about how our sense of ‘self emerges from the motley collection of neurons we call the brain.”

-Jeff Hawkins, co-author of On Intelligence

“The Blakeslees have taken the latest and most exciting finds from brain research and have made them accessible. This is how science writing should always be.”

-Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D., author of The Ethical Brain

“A marvelous book. In the last ten years there has been a paradigm shift in understanding the brain and how its various specialized regions respond to environmental challenges. In addition to providing a brilliant overview of recent revolutionary discoveries on body image and brain plasticity, the book is sprinkled with numerous insights.”

-V. S. Ramachandran, M.D., director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego

Synopsis:

The Blakeslees take a provocative look at the emerging science of how the mind and body intertwine to create the embodied, feeling self. The authors discuss how the science of body mapping has far-reaching applications, from weight loss to recovery from stroke.

About the Author

Sandra Blakeslee is a regular contributor to The New York Times who specializes in the brain sciences. She has co-written many books, including Phantoms in the Brain with V. S. Ramachandran, On Intelligence with Jeff Hawkins, and Second Chances: Men, Women and Children a Decade After Divorce with Judith S. Wallerstein. She is the third generation in a family of science writers.

Matthew Blakeslee is a freelance science writer in Los Angeles. He represents the fourth generation of Blakeslee science writers. This is his first book.

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Linda Grace, August 17, 2009 (view all comments by Linda Grace)
This book shows modern neuroscience research in a very readable way;
the authors have gone out of their way to make this easy and fun.
The book also abounds with ways to help out body maps and is very
practical.
I heard Sandra Blakeslee speak at the Rolf Institute Membership Conference July 2009 and she was fabulous, had a very engaging way of telling this very engaging story----just like the book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400064694
Subtitle:
How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better
Author:
Blakeslee, Sandra
Author:
Blakeslee, Matthew
Author:
Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Mind and body
Subject:
Psychology-Mind and Consciousness
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070911
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.52x6.08x.77 in. 1.02 lbs.

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