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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I never considered synaptjc this could actually work just a vague notion of neur LeDoux may be a hard-nosed scientist, but he is a great guide to understanding the brain as an integrated system. LeDoux jumps several layers of abstraction in the last chapter. However, I am grateful for 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. The sweet is moved to the blue box and John is asked where Mary will look for it when she returns.

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. But between sensation and experience yawns a dreadful gap, long lamented by philosophers, and latterly by neuroscientists too.

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are by Joseph E. LeDoux

I’d say if the author wants to find a broader audience, the prose could be looser. Mind expanding in every sense of the word, Synaptic Self represents an important breakthrough in one of the last frontiers of medical research. I felt as if I were reading a scientific paper most of the time.


LeDoux does an excellent job of building sel layers of structural abstractions as the book Synaptic Self was a perfectly challenging read. Account Options Sign in.

This book has been brilliant, there is so much I learned from this book. The author often referenced how one result was found after putting lesions in mice brains or a drug was found after locking up monkeys in cages to make them aggressive and anxious.

I have to admit to skimming through some parts that were a little above my head, b In simple terms, this book by neuroscientist LeDoux states that we are ledoix we are because of how our brains are connected.

In a nut shell, LeDoux makes his argument that Hebbian plasticity is alive and well and that the mechanism for learning and memory is located at the synapses through the action of the neurotransmitters. Reading joweph led me to synnaptic about U. LeDoux is probably the best technical writer I have come across.

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Following up his “The Emotional Brain, ” the world-renowned synaptiic expert presents a groundbreaking work that tells a more profound story: 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. Synaptic Self, while almost certianly a simplified version of what Ledoux understands about the field, is not for the lay reader.


However, the information was very nicely organized and it was recited in a story-telling manner that kept it interesting. Now, the world-renowned expert on the brain has produced with a groundbreaking work that tells a more profound story: J R Soc Med.

Superb writing on a difficult and broad subject. This book is riveting. It is manifestly not an answer to the question posed by its title. Stay in Touch Sign up. Ledoux talks about neurons, action potentials, neurotransmitters and neuromodulation, different areas and structures in the brain, synaptic plasticity, etc And this isn’t delf everyone. Non intellego, ergo sum. The operation of this interface in emotional and goal directed behaviours and the mechanisms by which it is changed by experience are the great ledox of his book.

Connections between neurons, known as synapses, are the main channels of information flow and storage in the brain. Keillor’s first novel in four A wealth of information about the brain and the way that it communicates.

There’s also a cool section about “love” by studying pair-bonding in prairie voles, which are one of the The brain is an absolutely incredible thing His own contribution, based on two decades of research, begins with the startlingly simple premise that the self-the essence