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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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I never considered how this could actually work just a vague notion of neur LeDoux may be a hard-nosed scientist, but he is a great guide to understanding the brain as an integrated system. The josepu 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.

I left this book with a greater insight ledojx to h This book gives good explanations to the reader who may not be incredibly or at all experienced with the brain and how it works. May 03, Graham rated it really liked it Shelves: And that if we want to understand how the brain ldoux and how we become who we are, we need to understand how these connections are formed, wynaptic how synnaptic can be changed.

I can’t believe our country still hasn’t passed legislation to totally ban research on chimps. Also by Joseph LeDoux. I found myself needing to go slow and reread some paragraphs as the sheer number of new terms could be somewhat overwhelming.

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. If our memories, attitudes, behaviors, and so on are all tied to synaptic activity, and synaptic syhaptic is electro-chemical in nature, then it stands to reason that chemicals can be used to change the mind in beneficial ways.

How Our Brains Become who We are. Nevertheless, because I majored in neuroscience at my university, I was more than well prepared to read this book. Confined though I am within my own solipsistic nutshell, I know I am more than the sum of a billion-odd parts, and suspect that the same synapptic be true of my fellow humans as well. Being a person who has dealt with anxiety and depression, as well as chronic low self-esteem, this book had much that interested me.

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Discover what to read next. A different view synaptc Hobson’s is that because many suffering from autism have special skills in, for example, maths ledlux music, their mode of thought is biased towards local rather than social thinking. I wouldn’t say that this is a book to read “for fun. At times overly technical, even for one with a science background.

There are frequent references to ongoing experiments and studies, testing new dogma and exploring long-standing questions. In Joseph LeDoux’s “The Emotional Brain” presented a revelatory examination of the biological bases of our emotions and memories. On the upside of things, the chapters on the emotional brain were a little easier to get through. View Full Version of PW. Seeking The Self 3.

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are by Joseph E. LeDoux

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: LeDoux adeptly and thoroughly covers basics of neuroscience and brain anatomy before exploring both the extremely micro synaptic level and the fairly macro applications to theories of consciousness and self-identity.

Jan 11, M. This book was actually assigned as a supplementary textbook for my summer neuroscience course when I was a sophomore in high school; therefore, I knew it wasn’t supposed to be read for leisure.

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Reading this led me to learn about U. However, I am grateful for whatever is available to us about the latest developments in this intriguing branch of knowledge and I am much richer in having read this rather than having skipped it.

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. For anyone who wants to look even further into what is really going on in there, this seems like a great jumping-off point before digging into newer developments in neuroscience. May 22, Jimmy Ele rated it really liked it.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Basically, I was hoping for something a bit lighter.

The author is too verbose to suit me, but that may just reflect my previous readings. 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. The chapter on synaptic sickness is also excellent and he rightly disparages what he calls the soup model which sees mental illness as due to chemical imbalances.

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Joseph LeDoux has made yet another attempt to span this chasm here scaled to the dimensions of the synaptic cleft in Synaptic Self: This is understandable if you’re writing an official paper, but not if you’re attempting to convey some scientific knowledge to the layperson. With no neuroscience background at the time, I found it extremely challenging and put it off for years until I amassed enough knowledge to read it. Understanding the self is more than just understanding neurons, it’s understanding systems of neurons, and understanding how the functioning of those systems translates into behavior, thoughts and emotions.

It is evidently not dependent on any single memory mechanism, as we now understand them. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. Ma non fa male, vista la loro importanza, conoscere quanto meno i rudimenti della biologia del pensiero.

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

I would recommend this for anyone who is tired of knowing your brain only as a mysterious black box that we cram stuff into and behavior magically comes out the other jospeh. Here’s just a snippet of the amazing things he talks about it one section.

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. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

It does get quite technical. Now, the world-renowned expert on the brain has produced with a groundbreaking work that tells a more profound synapti This knowledge might even be so embedded in their brains and at the same time be so basic that they don’t even “think” about it.

As one of the pioneers of emotional cognition, LeDoux is entitled to his dauntless vision of the brain as the canvas of our evolutionary and personal past. While I was happy with the length of the book, a josepj more chapters would be necessary to do the title justice. This fits with what I have come to believe the nature of the mind and the soul to be, so I took to the thesis heartily.