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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Ledoux considers the relation between what he calls the mental trilogy – cognition, emotion, motivation – and this brings joxeph play an investigation into memory, both that which is readily accessible, and that which is not.

May 22, Jimmy Ele rated it really liked it. I like reading about science and the brain but this book was difficult to slog through.

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

Ledoux describes the molecular bases of these processes in often rather technical detail; and the description of brain development is unfortunately seriously flawed. Lists with This Book.

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.

So “positive thinking” isn’t just some hippie guru panacea, it makes real scientific sense. It did take me a while to read. It is very technical, and although it has the appearance of being accessible to the layperson, it truly is not. In his final chapter, LeDoux rightly rejects the notion of a coordinating homunculus, crouched somewhere inside the skull, in favour of a set of seven organizational principles that confer plasticity on parallel synaptic networks and permit the brain to reinvent itself as it learns.

There is an enormous area of unexplored territory. Are we a soul and a body OR are we a product of a set of interconnected neurons in our brain?

His own contribution, based on two decades of research, begins with the startlingly simple premise that the self-the essence of who a person is-intricately reflects patterns of interconnectivity between neurons in the brain. Looking for More Great Reads? It has a lot of information for a pop science book and is a great way to get introduced to the field of neuroscience.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Joseph LeDoux has made yet another attempt to span this chasm here scaled to the dimensions of the synaptic cleft in Synaptic Self: My notion of personality is pretty simple: It was overall a good book, but it didn’t wasn’t quite what I thought it was going to be.


Writing for a general audience, he succeeds in making his subject accessible to the dedicated nonspecialist. You really can hear the hushed resonant voice of the genial host of NPR’s Prairie Home Companion reciting this latest episodic jpseph of growing up in rural Minnesota. 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.

Aug 23, Marcos rated it liked it. 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? In simple terms, this book by neuroscientist LeDoux states that we are who we are because of how our brains are connected.

The book is well-written and not overly dense, though Lwdoux hesitant to call it “popular science” as it’s not exactly simplified joxeph.

Now, the world-renowned expert on the brain has produced with a groundbreaking work that tells a more profound story: 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: Refresh and try again. While he is noticeably stronger in the rigorous scientific aspects of the topic, the broader speculations are still great food for thought.

SYNAPTIC SELF: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

One great review of the class said “Ledoux? Second, what makes us different from all animals is that we have causal beliefs and this is what enabled humans to make complex tools – it is technology that has driven human evolution, not social interaction.

Aug 05, Chrissy rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

This chapter could stand on it’s own though it flows elegantly from the previous theory. In some of the middle chapters, all I could really comprehend was that there sure was a lot of advanced chemistry going on between brain cells. Synaptic Self, while almost certianly synaphic simplified version of what Ledoux understands about the field, is not for the lay reader.

To paraphrase JBS Haldane, the brain is surely queerer than we imagine, though I trust not queerer than we can imagine.


May 03, Graham rated it really liked it Shelves: The whole idea of the complexity of the human mind has always been daunting to me but this book provided me with a very valuable key expressed as simply as it copuld be for the uninitiated. Yet neuroscientists have been slow to probe oedoux biological basis for our sense of self, focusing instead on states of consciousness.

The author 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. It does get quite technical. The sweet is moved to the blue box and John is asked where Mary will look for it when she returns. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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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. The bottom line of Joseph Ledoux’s Synaptic Self is that we are our synapses. Il tutto dipendente sia da strutture biologiche di base sia da esperienze. Synapses are the tiny gaps between nerve cells across which chemical signals pass from one nerve cell to the next.

These are all made coherent by wrapping them in the mental trilogy of cognition, emotion and motivation. First, the only function of the brain from an evolutionary point of view is to control movement and so interaction with the environment. LeDoux Penguinselff Science – pages 1 Review https: My favorite chapter was the Synaptic Sickness chapter as it deals with psychological problems due to chemical imbalances between synapses beautifully.

This book introduces the idea that we, meaning our memory, is stored in the strength of our synaptic connections. The rest of the book proceeds to delve into the mechanics syna;tic this. It’s obvious that both are right, but what is important to synapttic is that underlying instinct, memory, thought, emotion, learning, behavioral change, etc This book complements The Emotional Brain, written by lsdoux same author.