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Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

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Joseph LeDoux's The Emotional Brain caused a sensation in 1996 for its revelations about the biological basis of our emotions and memories. Now LeDoux follows up that path-breaking volume with a new book that tells a larger and more profoundly important story: how our brains, and particularly their synapses, create our personalities.

Synopsis:

Ranging widely through philosophy, literature, and the history of science, LeDoux examines how we have conceptualized the relationship between brain and self through the centuries. His own contribution, based on two decades of research, begins with the startlingly simple premise that the self-the essence of who a person is-intricately reflects patterns of interconnectivity between neurons in the brain. Synapses, the spaces between neurons, are not only the channels through which we think, act, imagine, feel, and remember, but also the means by which we encode our most fundamental traits, preferences, and beliefs, allowing us to function as a single, integrated individual-a synaptic self.

As LeDoux brilliantly argues, a synaptic self does not exclude other ways of understanding existence-spiritual, aesthetic, moral-but rather it enriches and broadens these avenues by providing a neurological/psychological construct grounded in the latest research in biology. Rather than join the age-old debate on whether nature or nurture is more determinative, LeDoux posits that both genes and experience contribute to synaptic connectivity. Mind expanding in every sense of the word, Synaptic Self represents an important breakthrough in one of the last frontiers of medical research.

About the Author

Joseph LeDoux, Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at New York University's Center for Neural Sciences, is the author of The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life and the co-author with Michael Gazzaniga of The Integrated Mind.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670030286
Subtitle:
How Our Brains Become Who We Are
Author:
LeDoux, Joseph
Author:
Ledoux, Joseph
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Location:
New York
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Self
Subject:
Personality
Subject:
Brain
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
no. 61
Publication Date:
20020114
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.54x6.48x1.33 in. 1.57 lbs.

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Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Cognitive Science

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"Synopsis" by , Ranging widely through philosophy, literature, and the history of science, LeDoux examines how we have conceptualized the relationship between brain and self through the centuries. His own contribution, based on two decades of research, begins with the startlingly simple premise that the self-the essence of who a person is-intricately reflects patterns of interconnectivity between neurons in the brain. Synapses, the spaces between neurons, are not only the channels through which we think, act, imagine, feel, and remember, but also the means by which we encode our most fundamental traits, preferences, and beliefs, allowing us to function as a single, integrated individual-a synaptic self.

As LeDoux brilliantly argues, a synaptic self does not exclude other ways of understanding existence-spiritual, aesthetic, moral-but rather it enriches and broadens these avenues by providing a neurological/psychological construct grounded in the latest research in biology. Rather than join the age-old debate on whether nature or nurture is more determinative, LeDoux posits that both genes and experience contribute to synaptic connectivity. Mind expanding in every sense of the word, Synaptic Self represents an important breakthrough in one of the last frontiers of medical research.

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