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The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better

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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 doesn't 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 ofanorexia, bulimia, obsessive plastic surgery, and the notorious golfer's 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

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Written by two generations of science writers, "The Body Has a Mind of Its Own" is as entertaining as it is cutting-edge, revealing what the new science of body mapping shows about the mind-body connection and how it can change the world.

Synopsis:

Your body has a mind of its own. You know its true. You can sense it, even though it may be hard to articulate. You know that your body is more than a vehicle for your brain to cruise around in, but how deeply are mind and body truly interwoven?

Answers can be found in the emerging science of body maps. Just as road maps represent interconnections across the landscape, your many body maps represent all aspects of your bodily self. Your self doesnt begin and end with your physical body but extends into the space around you. 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. 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: play tennis, strum a guitar, ride a horse, dance a waltz, empathize with a friend, raise children, cope with stress. 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 what it takes to have a conscious mind inside a feeling body.

Praise for The Body Has a Mind of Its Own

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

“Youll never think about your body-or your mind-in the same way again.”

-Daniel Goleman, author of Social Intelligence

“A fascinating exploration of senses we didnt even know we had.”

-Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses

“A delightfully original, understandable, and mind-stretching work.”

-William Safire, columnist, The New York Times Magazine

“A marvelous book.”

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

“[An] accessible, practical overview of an important scientific story.”

-Antonio Damasio, author of Descartes Error

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812975277
Author:
Blakeslee, Sandra
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Author:
Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee
Author:
Blakeslee, Matthew
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Psychology-Mind and Consciousness
Subject:
brain;science;neuroscience;psychology;mind
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.98x5.30x.64 in. .45 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Written by two generations of science writers, "The Body Has a Mind of Its Own" is as entertaining as it is cutting-edge, revealing what the new science of body mapping shows about the mind-body connection and how it can change the world.
"Synopsis" by , Your body has a mind of its own. You know its true. You can sense it, even though it may be hard to articulate. You know that your body is more than a vehicle for your brain to cruise around in, but how deeply are mind and body truly interwoven?

Answers can be found in the emerging science of body maps. Just as road maps represent interconnections across the landscape, your many body maps represent all aspects of your bodily self. Your self doesnt begin and end with your physical body but extends into the space around you. 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. 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: play tennis, strum a guitar, ride a horse, dance a waltz, empathize with a friend, raise children, cope with stress. 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 what it takes to have a conscious mind inside a feeling body.

Praise for The Body Has a Mind of Its Own

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

“Youll never think about your body-or your mind-in the same way again.”

-Daniel Goleman, author of Social Intelligence

“A fascinating exploration of senses we didnt even know we had.”

-Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses

“A delightfully original, understandable, and mind-stretching work.”

-William Safire, columnist, The New York Times Magazine

“A marvelous book.”

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

“[An] accessible, practical overview of an important scientific story.”

-Antonio Damasio, author of Descartes Error

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