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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My next book is going to be a book on optimism by Michael J. He works mainly on the workings of the brain in the presence of fear and states of anxiety, and his findings are based on this research. This book makes the impossible understandable.

Synaptic Self

LeDoux Viking- Science – jospeh 0 Reviews https: This book provides a concise, well-written overview of the brain from the past to the very present and is an approachable read for anyone with the time.

For me this was an amazing book. The author is too verbose to suit me, but that may just reflect my previous readings.

My dissertation research is essentially about “what makes us who we are” so I was really looking forward to reading this book. But the nerve cell is just one of billions – there are a thousand million synapses in a piece of brain the size of a grain of sand – that connect in complex circuits.

LeDoux also confirmed my hypothesis that Psychiatry and Neurobiology are actually two solutions to the same problem.

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I say all that I’m sometimes told that the popular science books I read don’t do an adequate job of relaying the true josepu underbelly of the subject being talked about. I do question how much I will retain since much of the language used and names of various regions were new to me and without reinforcement am guessing will be lost. While he is noticeably stronger in the rigorous scientific aspects of the topic, the broader speculations are still great food for thought.

You really can hear the hushed resonant voice of the genial host of Ledous Prairie Home Companion reciting this latest episodic chronicle of growing up in rural Minnesota.


This is why I feel that meditation, yoga and overall stress reduction is going to be very important ioseph my overall mental health. But the entire book adds up to a solid defense of the principle that drugs are a legitimate approach to dealing with mental illness.

For the ordinary person like myself it took some getting through but it was well worth the effort Feb 28, Virginia rated it it was ok Recommends it for: LeDoux Snippet view – With that said, explanations are coherent and often accompanied by visual representations.

Sometimes he joseoh entire pages guiding you through some specific circuit with all the back and forth that characterizes our messy brains, and it does so with a very technical language.

Dec 16, Peter Aronson rated it really liked it. The complexity involved in manifesting that principle in a real human brain, however, is nothing short of dazzling.

It got technical quickly with chemicals and pathways given throughout the book. His research demonstrated that the connectivity in the lateral amygdala plays a key role in fear conditioning.

This book was actually assigned as a supplementary textbook for my summer neuroscience course when I was a sophomore in high xynaptic therefore, I knew it wasn’t supposed to be read for joesph. LeDoux points out that we learn explicitly and implicitly, that is consciously and unconsciously.

DH Wilkinson once calculated, rather whimsically, that an average human life lasts about 10 9 seconds whereas welf average sensory trace lasts less than one second pace Buddha, St John of the Cross and an extremely select group of others.

It is like a protein bar, very dense, hard to chew, takes time to digest ledlux is packed with goodness. Perhaps neuroscience hasn’t quite gotten there yet. His aim is to understand the mental life of babies in order to understand how we think – including being creative and, most important, being able to interact in a social manner.

Dec 16, Steve Woods rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. The evidence from those who work in this area, however, is that the cause of autism is not to be blamed on the failure of the mother and that genetic factors are important; three-quarters of autism sufferers have mild to severe mental retardation, and there is evidence for brain abnormalities.


LeDoux also points here to the work of Mark Sopolosky, who wrote the book “Why zebras don’t get ulcers”, which is on my reading list. Mar 13, Jake McCrary rated it really liked it Shelves: Having built-up the ideal functioning brain Joseph LeDoux then presents multiple points where healthy functioning can be interrupted to give rise to disease states.

In Joseph LeDoux’s “The Emotional Brain” presented a revelatory examination of the biol Following up his “The Emotional Brain, ” the world-renowned brain expert presents a groundbreaking work that tells a more profound story: These can stimulate or inhibit the nerve cell from firing and it is the combined influence of many inputs that determine if it does fire. A somewhat difficult but worthwhile book on a fascinating topic. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

It may indeed turn out that a sense of extension in time is fundamental to the idea of self, at least as far as human brains go; it is not at all clear that animals possess such a sense, for it anticipates a future no less than it reanimates a past. All the same, his book has a refreshing humility. The author of The Emotional Brain elaborates on the theory that the particular patterns of synaptic connections in our brain provide the keys to who we are.

Having little previous exposure to neurobiology I found it necessary to take some notes okay, copious notes while reading for some things to “stick”, but it was well worth it. Feb 15, Vicy rated it really liked it. I would put this book into the category of “interesting, but not fun to read. The rest of the book proceeds to delve into the mechanics of this. I understand that this is a very I’d say extremely complicated subject, but the generalities can be explained relatively easily and with much more interesting and general examples than the ones he used.

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Changes of state can occur via the blood-brain barrier drugs, hormones, etc. Dec 13, Lorenzo Bean rated it really liked it.