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 well written and easy to read.
I think what he's trying to do is humanize the field by naming and describing all of the players in all of the many experiments, but it get a bit much after a while.
The book is a wonderful compendium of both the history of the research into neuro function and of the more recent discoveries.
Once again, author and neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux successfully takes his readers on a journey to explore the foundations of brain and behavior. Read morePublished 9 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 10 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 10 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 11 months ago by Sarah Reed
This is a wonderful and well-written book for anyone who is interested in neuroscience. All the concepts are well explained. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Elizabeth Marin
This is a great read and would highly recommend. We are getting to a point of finally understanding the neurological circuitry of self.Published 15 months ago by Scott I. Cohn
I was looking for a neuroscience book at my college library and this one captivated me.
Well, the book is not an easy reading to begin with, unless you're some... Read more