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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Synapses encode the essence of personality, enabling each of us to function as a distinctive, integrated individual from moment to moment.

I would put this book into the category of “interesting, but not fun to read. I felt as if I were reading a scientific paper most of the time. Reading this led me to learn about U. Other editions – View all Synaptic Self: My favorite chapter was the Synaptic Sickness chapter as it deals with psychological problems due to chemical imbalances between synapses beautifully.

Synaptic Self

This read will be a delight for anyone interested in taking a deeper look into why we are the way we are.

He is so thorough that one almost synaptuc that he gives a little too much t LeDoux has a winner again Joseph LeDoux has written an exciting book that captures the current state of research in neuroscience. From there the book builds-up to present day research on synaptic plasticity both from a behavioural and electrophysiological point-of-view. To be blunt, there is a great deal that we don’t understand about the way it works. May 25, Niklas rated it really liked it.

The cause of autism remains unknown as does the reason why many more boys are autistic than girls. The author provides different views on theories and then gives his own opinion on the controversial theories in question.

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

Dec 16, Peter Aronson rated it really liked it. There is a bunch of Brain-Based Learning BBL in the K classrooms, and not all of it is likely good by way of any grounding in scientific data. Ranging widely through philosophy, literature, and the history of science, LeDoux examines how we have conceptualized the relationship between brain and self through the centuries. Most of what the brain does is accomplished by synaptic transmission between neurons, and by calling upon the information encoded by past transmission across synapses.


His expositions have an easy charm that belies their author’s eminence.

The book has definitely armed me with a significantly stronger knowledge of how the brain works, from the level of synapses all the way to higher level regions of the brain. Account Se,f Sign in. Overall this book did a wonderful job in fundamentally describing the brain from biochemistry to mental processing.

The science may have josseph long way to go, but this was a great early overview of the brain and how it can generate a coherent integrated personality. I had the absolute pleasure reading this. Looking for More Great Reads? LeDoux may be a hard-nosed scientist, but he is a great guide to understanding the brain as an integrated system.

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When there are elevated cortisol levels, as in Cushing’s disease or in chronic anxiety or depressive states, the cells of the CA3 region actually degenerate and die.

It is like a protein bar, very dense, hard to chew, takes time to digest but is packed with goodness. I’d say xelf the author wants to find a broader audience, the prose could be looser. The classic test for this involves putting a sweet in a red box in front of John and Mary and then sending Mary out of the room. Keillor’s first novel in four This chapter could stand on it’s own though it flows elegantly from the previous theory. Aug 12, Mariam rated it it was amazing.

Synapses, the spaces between neurons, are not only the channels through which we think, act, imagine, feel, and remember, but also the means by which we encode our most fundamental traits, preferences, and beliefs, allowing us to function as joxeph single, integrated individual-a synaptic self.

I thoroughly enjoyed the description of how the brain is built whilst the baby is developing and further on as it grows into an adult. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. LeDoux No preview available – In estrema sintesi, L. It provides substance to the understanding that there is no “self” in a way that just seemed to slot that particular teaching in at a very deep level.

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Chemistry was never my best subject. It was a hard slog at times as I don’t have a background in Biology, science or medicine but it became easier as I became familiar with lwdoux language. Reviewed by Jason Warren. Either I need more neuroscience classes or LeDoux needs to dumb it down to make it accessible to the non-scientists among us. My only concern is when he mentions the retrieval of stored information and the comparison of present neural information ledoud previously stored experience.


There’s a fashionable backlash these days against the over-medication of America that isn’t wholly unjustified. But the entire book adds synaptjc to a solid defense of the principle that drugs are a legitimate approach to dealing with mental illness.

Paperbackpages. In no-way a “light-reading”, it takes a lot of focusing to read it. Now, the world-renowned expert on the brain has produced with a groundbreaking work that tells a more profound story: With that said, explanations are coherent and often accompanied by visual representations. There’s a two regions of your hippocampus called the CA3 region and the dentate gyrus. It is manifestly not an answer to the question posed by its title.

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. It is funny that it takes thousands of humans to study the human brain, and still be a million miles away of understanding how Are we a soul and a body OR are we a product of a set of interconnected neurons in our brain?

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. DH Wilkinson once calculated, rather whimsically, that an average human life lasts about 10 9 seconds whereas an average sensory trace lasts less than one second pace Buddha, St John of the Cross and an extremely select group of others.

Exploring the functioning of memory, the synaptic basis of mental illness and drug addiction, and the mechanism synaptoc self-awareness, Synaptic Self is a provocative and mind-expanding work that is destined to become a classic.