Synaptic Self (Paperback)

How Our Brains Become Who We Are

By Joseph LeDoux

Penguin Books, 9780142001783, 416pp.

Publication Date: January 28, 2003

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Description

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.


About the Author

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.


Praise For Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

"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