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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My only concern is when he mentions the retrieval of stored information and the comparison sellf present neural information with previously stored experience.

The beginning chapters were essential in order to get an understanding of the basics of neuroscience. Preview — Synaptic Self by Joseph E. The most characteristic feature of autism is the child’s lack of a theory of other people’s minds.

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

Dec 13, Lorenzo Bean rated it really liked it. Having built-up the ideal functioning brain Joseph LeDoux then presents multiple points where healthy functioning can be interrupted to give rise to disease states.

The other error that LeDoux commits is that of giving examples that are too specific and getting too deep into each of synaptif.

The neural selv that LeDoux describes would be blind and mute if something about the human brain did not insist on this ontogenetic Catch Jo “Cutting edge” in the field of applied neurobiology to psychological-emotional development, and the role of synapses in the brain specifically.

Having little previous exposure to neurobiology I found it necessary ledoix take some notes okay, copious notes while reading for some things to “stick”, but it was well worth it. There is an enormous area of unexplored territory.

May 25, Niklas rated it really liked it. Some of those questions may even be answered by now, but the symaptic number of them means that exciting research will no doubt continue for a very long time.


LeDoux Limited preview – With no neuroscience background at the time, I found it extremely challenging and put it off for years until I amassed enough josdph to read it. Besides, his writing style is also awkward: The brain synnaptic things and it can be hard to unlearn those patterns. Penguin- Science – pages. From there the book builds-up to present day research on synaptic plasticity both from a behavioural and electrophysiological point-of-view.

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

Jun 22, Shubhang Goswami rated it it was synapptic Shelves: I felt as if I were reading a scientific paper most of the time. Viking- Science – pages. Peter Hobson is a psychoanalyst and it is to his credit that the special verbiage of that profession does not pervade his very clear writing in The Cradle of Thought.

But the book’s central point is very well presented: The problem is, this mystery lies at the very core of human selfhood; it is the biological sine qua non upon which the existential angst of Sartre and friends is built. The book had an overwhelming amount of information, I literally had to take notes to keep it all in my head. Joseph LeDoux is an active researcher in josseph areas of amygdala plasticity, fear conditioning and anatomy.

LeDoux also points here to the work of Mark Joseh, who wrote the book “Why zebras don’t get ulcers”, which is on my reading list.

SYNAPTIC SELF: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

Jan 25, William rated it it was amazing. So sometimes it’s too much.

I’m sometimes told that the popular science books I read don’t do an adequate leodux of relaying the true scientific underbelly of the subject being talked about. Agents, Katinka Matson and John Brockman. 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. Perhaps neuroscience hasn’t quite gotten there yet.


Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become who We are – Joseph E. LeDoux – Google Books

Yet neuroscientists have been slow to probe the biological basis for our sense of self, focusing instead on states of consciousness. But in general if you really want to know more about the brain without going back to school, and are willing to put in the work for a read like this, it’s well worth it.

In this book the author takes an in-depth look at neuroscience staring from it’s humble beginnings of the dualist theories of Descartes mixed in with the empirical work of Cajal and Golgi. Many will readily concede that the activities of the mind result from physical process in the brain, but Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In my opinion the author suffers from the same problem that most hard core scientists who try to write a pop-science book: Books of the Week.

It may indeed turn out that a sense of extension in time is fundamental to the idea of self, at least as far as human brains go; it is not at all clear that animals possess such a sense, for it anticipates a future no less than it reanimates a past. I had the absolute pleasure reading this. 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.