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Ve into the mechanics of this He splits the brain up into three main systemscognition emotion motivation describing how each of them work and then explaining how they all work togetherthough he uses these three as a simple distinction and doesn t argue there are just three physical systems within the brain But while there is some serious neuroscience content in here Ledoux does a respectable job of zooming in and out and speaking at whatever level is appropriate to get his point across Understanding the self is than just understanding neurons it s understanding systems of neurons and understanding how the A Measure Of Love (Kincaid Trilogy functioning of those systems translates into behavior thoughts and emotions Ledoux integrates both psychology and philosophy into the conversation where applicable and has a great natural ability to help the reader make sense of the difficult issues More than anything though Ledoux s main point is that many of the historical arguments about nature vs nurture are all asking the wrong uestion It s obvious that both are right but what is important to remember is that underlying instinct memory thought emotion learning behavioral change etcare the synaptic connections in the brain and the synaptic changes that occur throughout life And that if we want to understand how the brain works and how we become who we are we need to understand how these connections areormed and how they can be changed I m not afraid to say that parts of this book were very complicated 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 Chemistry was never my best subjectBut the book s central point is very well presented everything about ourselves is a conseuence of how our brains are put together and how our brains are put together is a conseuence of the genes we start with and the Starting Over on Blackberry Lane (Life in Icicle Falls fine details of our environment Thisits with what I have come to believe the nature of the mind and the soul to be so I took to the thesis heartily The complexity involved in manifesting that principle in a real human brain however is nothing short of dazzlingI particularly The Soul Of A Thief found the chapter on mental illnesses to be informative There s aashionable backlash these days against the over medication of America that isn t wholly unjustified LeDoux admits that drugs which act on large areas of the brain as today s drugs do are not able to precisely target the intended brain systems and so cause many unpleasant side effects But the entire book adds up to a solid defense of the principle that drugs are a legitimate approach to dealing with mental illness If our memories attitudes behaviors and so on are all tied to synaptic activity and synaptic activity is electro chemical in nature then it stands to reason that chemicals can be used to change the mind in beneficial ways This book is very logical and scientific particularly in its acknowledgment that much remains unknown and that many conclusions cannot be applied universally There are Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights freuent references to ongoing experiments and studies testing new dogma and exploring long standing uestions Some of those uestions may even be answered by now but the sheer number of them means that exciting research will no doubt continueor a very long time It s that sense of excitement as we discover and about how we tick that animates the book even in the midst of dense technical vocabulary A wildly educational popular ISH science book Secret Baby, Surprise Parents for those somewhere between novice and veteran in theield of neuroscience basic understanding of psychology and chemistrybiology recommended LeDoux adeptly and thoroughly covers basics of neuroscience and brain anatomy before exploring both the extremely micro synaptic level and the Mystify (Mystyx, fairly macro applications to theories of consciousness and self identity While he is noticeably stronger in the rigorous scientific aspects of the topic the broader speculations are still greatood or thought The book is well written and not overly dense though I m hesitant to call it popular science as it s not exactly simplified either In simple terms this book by neuroscientist LeDoux states that we are who we are because of how our brains are connected Circuitry is important than the theory of chemicalneurotransmitter balance Although LeDoux points to the importance of neurotransmitters in modulating synaptic transmission he thinks that the overall connectivity of. Examination of the biological bases of our emotions and memories Now the world renowned expert on the brain has produced with a groundbreaking work that tells a profound story how the little spaces between the neurons the brain's synapses are the channels through which we think act imagine eel and remember Synapses encode the es.

Cutting edge in the ield of applied neurobiology to psychological emotional development and the role of synapses in the brain specifically There is a bunch of Brain Based Learning BBL in the K 12 classrooms and not all of it is likely good by way of any grounding in scientific data Still the idea of teaching to the brain has taken hold I used this as a text when it came co teaching an advanced Cognition and Learning class with a SPED professor back when I was an ED prof myself Joseph Ledoux is uite a character with a synthetic mind and an imaginative descriptor of brain workings and is also a musician who plays in a NYC band when not teaching at NYU I also heard him at a conference on the brain and education and he was antastic While enjoyed his work immensely without some background in basic brain neurology though it was difficult P.I. Daddys Personal Mission (The Coltons of Montana, for a cohort of mostly principals aimingor superintendency jobs to get through and absorb One great review of the class said Ledoux LeDon t Loved that A wealth of information about the brain and the way that it communicates The main Say Youll Stay And Marry Me focus of the book is the synaptic connections within the brain The most interesting chaptersor me were The Most Unaccountable of Machinery Building the Brain The Emotional Brain Revisited and Synaptic Sickness I thoroughly enjoyed the description of how the brain is built whilst the baby is developing and Rafaellos Mistress further on as it grows into an adult The beginning chapters were essential in order to get an understanding of the basics of neuroscience Myavorite chapter was the Synaptic Sickness chapter as it deals with psychological problems due to chemical imbalances between synapses beautifully My only ualms with the book are that it is The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, full of the latest speculation Many theories are examinedully and most of them are unproven and have many counter theories vying Rascal for supremacy In conclusion not much is known about the mysterious space between our neurons deemed synapses and this book is proof of that lack of knowledge However I am gratefulor 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 An enormous snooze Another Day of Life fest My dissertation research is essentially about what makes us who we are so I was really lookingorward to reading this book LeDoux left whole bodies of research regarding early life experience and how it influences later emotionality and the brain completely untapped It was like a textbook with related chapters but nothing that connected it all together into a coherent view point Super disappointing I m sometimes told that the popular science books I read don t do an adeuate job of relaying the true scientific underbelly of the subject being talked about That everything is being dumbed down and simplified to reach a wider audience and keep things interesting While there are certainly elements of truth in that philosophy I think that s being unfair to many of books that really do a What Would You Like? fantastic job of introducing people to these concepts withoutorcing them to be an expert I say all that to preface the Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, fact that this is NOT one of those booksSynaptic Self while almost certianly a simplified version of what Ledoux understands about theield is not Cinderella for a Night (36 Hours, for the lay reader Ledoux talks about neurons action potentials neurotransmitters and neuromodulation different areas and structures in the brain synaptic plasticity etcand while he describes difficult concepts in detail and uses drawings when applicable if you have noamiliarity with the brain or the nervous system coming in I can imagine getting less than intended out of this bookor alternatively it might Friend Foe force you to do side research on your own and be an incredibly valuable learning experience If you ve read Pinker s How the Mind Works imagine a neuroscientific explanation of much of the material covered in that book Early on Ledoux makes theollowing statement My notion of personality is pretty simple it s that your self the essence of who you are reflects patterns of interconnectivity between neurons in your brain Connections between neurons known as synapses are the main channels of information The Longevity Diet flow and storage in the brain Most of what the brain does is accomplished by synaptic transmission between neurons and by calling upon the information encoded by past transmission across synapsesThe rest of the book proceeds to del. Following up his 1996 The Emotional Brain the world renowned brain expert presents a groundbreaking work that tells a profound story how the little spaces between the neurons the brain's synapses are the channels through which we thinkeel imagine act and remember In 1996 Joseph LeDoux's The Emotional Brain presented a revelatory.

Circuits is important At least that s what I got Grassroots Innovation from the bookI have to admit to skimming through some parts that were a little above my head but much of it is perfectly understandable to laypeople or people in the medical profession LeDoux points to the research done soar on the brain and adds to the historical knowledge his own research He works mainly on the workings of the brain in the presence of ear and states of anxiety and his indings are based on this research I had a little trouble reading about the various ways that scientists discover things about the brain Much of the research is done through animal studies and often involves destroying parts of the brain to see what happens or many times through learning and conditioning Monkey and rat research is used mainly and if you are anti animal research you ll ind it hard to read about that aspect of the work Being a person who has dealt with anxiety and depression as well as chronic low self esteem this book had much that interested me I knew before this that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and biofeedback worked or me as well as SSRIs Now I know why I also Perfect Cities feel a sense of optimism that I really can change my thinking patterns with some hard work The brain learns things and it can be hard to unlearn those patterns But the brilliant thing is that the brain wants to learn so creating new patterns is relatively easy with persistence This is why Ieel that meditation yoga and overall stress reduction is going to be very important to my overall mental health Psychology and neuroscience are really trying to accomplish the same thingHere s just a snippet of the amazing things he talks about it one section paraphrased hereThere s a two regions of your hippocampus called the CA3 region and the dentate gyrus The hippocampus is known to help with learning and memory processing When there are elevated cortisol levels as in Cushing s disease or in chronic anxiety or depressive states the cells of the CA3 region actually degenerate and die The cells in the dentate gyrus normally have high rates of neurogenesis or growth of new cells which may be key in the Prometheus Wired forming of new memories or learning In the presence of high cortisol these cells do not regenerate The brains of people with high cortisol have smaller than average hippocampus regions With therapy or drugs these regions typically grow again 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 listLeDoux points out that we learn explicitly and implicitly that is consciously and unconsciously While we may not be able to control the implicit learning we certainly can have an effect by purposely thinking in certain ways a la cognitive behavioral therapy So positive thinking isn t just some hippie guru panacea it makes real scientific sense AwesomeMy next book is going to be a book on optimism by Michael J Fox because I d like to read positive things right now I would put this book into the category of interesting but notun to read Why Because I m interested in all that cool new neuroscience research but I really had to orce myself through some of this It is very technical and although it has the appearance of being accessible to the layperson it truly is not I have a little background in brain physiology but still ound myself having to reread paragraphs and passages to clarify what LeDoux was talking about The diagrams didn t seem to help much either On the upside of things the chapters on the emotional brain were a little easier to get through In the end I m not even sure I read the whole book because I ended up skipping around until I ound something interesting and understandable Either I need neuroscience classes or LeDoux needs to dumb it down to make it accessible to the non scientists among us Basically I was hoping or something a bit lighter And I was disappointed to read about all the testing on animals I like reading about science and the brain but this book was difficult to slog through It got technical uickly with chemicals and pathways given throughout the book I learned a lot but was very discouraged that neuroscience studies involve conducting research on ani This book introduces the idea that we meaning our memory is stored in the strength of our synaptic connectionsThe author is too verbose to suit me but that may just reflect my previous readingsBailed half way throug. Sence of personality enabling each of us to Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks function as a distinctive integrated individualrom moment to moment Exploring the unctioning of memory the synaptic basis of mental illness and drug addiction and the mechanism of self awareness Synaptic Self is a provocative and mind expanding work that is destined to become a classi.

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