The Naked Brain

The Naked Brain

How the Emerging Neurosociety Is Changing How We Live, Work, and Love

By Richard M. Restak

Broadway Books, Paperback, 9781400098095, 272pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2007

Description

Consider a world in which

• Marketers use brain scans to determine consumer interest in a product

• Politicians use brain-image-based profiles to target voters

• A test could determine your suitability for a job or to whom you will be romantically attracted

Far from science fiction, this “neurosociety”—a society in which brain science influences every aspect of daily life—is already here.

Innovative researchers and cutting-edge technology, like brain imaging and brain scanning devices, have revolutionized our understanding of how we process information, communicate, trust, sympathize, and love. However, scientists and doctors are not the only ones interested in the naked brain; advertisers, politicians, economists, and others are using the latest findings on the human brain to reshape our lives, from the bedroom to the boardroom.

Despite the potential benefits, there’s obvious peril in the promise. Richard Restak explores the troubling moral and legal dilemmas that arise from corporate and political applications of this new brain research. Someday we may live in a world where our choices, our professional and personal prospects, even our morals and ethics will be controlled by those armed with an elite understanding of the principles of neuroscience.

Eye-opening and provocative, The Naked Brain is a startling look at the impact such unprecedented access to our most secret thoughts and tendencies will have on all of us.

In The Naked Brain, bestselling author Richard Restak explores how the latest technology and research have exposed the brain and how we think, feel, remember, and socialize in unprecedented and often surprising ways. Now that knowledge is being used by doctors, advertisers, politicians, and others to influence and revolutionize nearly every aspect of our daily lives.

Restak is our guide to this neurosociety, a brave new world in which brain science influences our present and will even more tangibly shape our future. Citing social trends, shifts in popular culture, the rise and fall of products in the public favor, even changes in the American vernacular, The Naked Brain is an illuminating and often troubling investigation of the impending opportunities and dangers being created by the neuroscience revolution, and a revelation for anyone who ever wondered why they prefer Coke over Pepsi or Kerry over Bush.



About the Author
Richard Restak, M.D., is a neurologist, neuropsychiatrist, and clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University Medical Center. He is the author of the bestselling book The Brain, a companion to the PBS series of the same name, as well as The Mind and The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Praise For The Naked Brain

"Restak compresses a lot of scientific data into accessible language and keeps the narrative conversational...an informative and entertaining book."
Library Journal

"A good summary of current research, along with some lurid alarm-sounding."
Kirkus

"An enjoyable primer on the future neurosociety."
Psychology Today

"An entertaining...primer on how the brain functions...Restak demonstrates his true talent for applying the scientific to the social."
Body + Soul