Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

Paperback | January 28, 2003

byJoseph LeDoux

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In 1996 Joseph LeDoux's The Emotional Brain presented a revelatory examination of the biological bases of our emotions and memories. Now, the world-renowned expert on the brain has produced with a groundbreaking work that tells a more profound story: how the little spaces between the neurons—the brain's synapses—are the channels through which we think, act, imagine, feel, and remember. Synapses encode the essence of personality, enabling each of us to function as a distinctive, integrated individual from moment to moment. Exploring the functioning of memory, the synaptic basis of mental illness and drug addiction, and the mechanism of self-awareness, Synaptic Self is a provocative and mind-expanding work that is destined to become a classic.

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In 1996 Joseph LeDoux's The Emotional Brain presented a revelatory examination of the biological bases of our emotions and memories. Now, the world-renowned expert on the brain has produced with a groundbreaking work that tells a more profound story: how the little spaces between the neurons—the brain's synapses—are the channels throug...

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

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 28, 2003Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780142001783

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Provoking Joseph LeDoux states his philosophy on the synaptic self; the idea that our thoughts, actions, beliefs, and all are directed and maintained by our neurons. Synaptic Self is a great book for perspective students and those with casual interest alike. LeDoux writes in a very personal way and avoids the dry and dull dictating that most non-fiction books tend to lean towards. Instead, LeDoux nearly speaks to the reader and invites them to the idea that all we are is the interaction between our neurons. I highly recommend this book for students looking into the field of neuroscience and psychology.
Date published: 2006-07-20

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Table of Contents

Synaptic SelfAcknowledgments

1. The Big One

2. Seeking The Self

3. The Most Unaccountable Of Machinery

4. Building The Brain

5. Adventures In Time

6. Small Change

7. The Mental Trilogy

8. The Emotional Brain Revisited

9. The Lost World

10. Synaptic Sickness

11. Who Are You?


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Editorial Reviews

"A detailed but very accessible journey into the world of circuits and synapses." —Science

"LeDoux's work...is surely the most accessible contemporary work for those interested in the brain's effect on personality." —Booklist