LeDoux believes the answer rests in the synapses, key players in the brain's intricately designed communication system. In other words, the pathways by which a person's "hardwired" responses (nature) mesh with his or her unique life experiences (nurture) determine that person's individuality. Here, LeDoux nimbly compresses centuries of philosophy, psychology, and biology into an amazingly clear picture of humanity's journey toward understanding the self.
Equally readable is his comprehensive science lesson, where detailed circuit speak reads like an absorbing--yet often humorous--mystery novel. Skillfully presenting research studies and findings alongside their various implications, LeDoux makes a solid case for accepting a synaptic explanation of existence and provides to the reader generous helpings of knowledge, amusement, and awe along the way. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book is a great introduction into the world on neuroscience and how are brains make up who and what we are.
It seems like this and many other chapters keep jumping from many different subjects all weakly trying to describe the self.
So i wholehearted recommend the book to anyone who had the patience and interest to finish reading this review. thanks.
According to Shakespeare, the brain is the ''The souls frail dwelling house'' (King John. Act 5, Scene 7). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Simon Laub
A very good book for the layman. The science and termimology can be a bit overwhelming at times, but this book presents the infinite complexity of the brain and the synaptic... Read morePublished 3 months ago by James R. Cook III
Innovative and pivotal book on theme and area that is only in it first steps. Thanks.Published 4 months ago by Moshe Fruktman
Once again, author and neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux successfully takes his readers on a journey to explore the foundations of brain and behavior. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alex
great presentation of the complex mystery of neurons, synapses, learning, chemistry, genes and memory. answered a lot of gnawing questions about our gray matterPublished 16 months ago by Jonathan Sand
Still reading through. It is very well written and it is also slow going. I feel I will like it very muchPublished 17 months ago by chun ryu
I am an undergraduate student taking an introductory neuroscience course and chose to read Synaptic Self to become familiar with brain mechanisms and the role they play in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sarah Reed