The book had an overwhelming amount of information, I literally had to take notes to keep it all in my head. During most of his time at Cornell, he worked in the Neurobiology Laboratory where he received technical training in state-of-the-art neuroscience techniques and began the research program on the brain mechanism of emotional memory that he has pursued ever since. It was a hard slog at times as I don't have a background in Biology, science or medicine but it became easier as I became familiar with the language. Every time she saw food this feeling of being out of control reinforced itself. This book provides a concise, well-written overview of the brain from the past to the very present and is an approachable read for anyone with the time. LeDoux has a winner again Joseph LeDoux has written an exciting book that captures the current state of research in neuroscience.
But the book's central point is very well presented: everything about ourselves is a consequence of how our brains are put together, and how our brains are put together is a consequence of the genes we start with and the fine details of our environment. This book explored the latter idea extensively. It got technical quickly with chemicals and pathways given throughout the book. The book has definitely armed me with a significantly stronger knowledge of how the brain works, from the level of synapses all the way to higher level regions of the brain. The operation of this interface in emotional and goal directed behaviours and the mechanisms by which it is changed by experience are the great themes of his book.
This book is very logical and scientific, particularly in its acknowledgment that much remains unknown and that many conclusions cannot be applied universally. That everything is being dumbed down and simplified to reach a wider audience and keep things interesting. For the present, it remains a true mystery; and to his credit LeDoux refuses to explain it away by resorting to neurophysiological legerdemain. This would be in line with the constant stress of fibromyalgia that then results in physical symptoms. Synaptic self is part 2.
The main focus of the book is the synaptic connections within the brain. That is, if you take a memory out of storage you have to make new proteins you have to restore, or reconsolidate it in order for the memory to remain a memory. And because more brain systems are typically active during emotional than during nonemotional states, and the intensity of arousal is greater, the opportunity for coordinated learning across brain systems is greater during emotional states. Drawing on the latest research in neuro-science including work in his own laboratory , LeDoux provides explanations of the origins, nature, and impact of fear and anxiety disorders. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for learning more about the secrets of self-hood.
He makes life easy for the lay reader by thoroughly covering not only his own research and theory but that of most other points of view both contemporary and historical thus helping to place his work in a context that gives the reader the feeling that he is reading something on the cutting edge. I like reading about science and the brain but this book was difficult to slog through. 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 Who We Are. He is so thorough that one almost thinks that he gives a little too much t LeDoux has a winner again Joseph LeDoux has written an exciting book that captures the current state of research in neuroscience. We are all hypocrites, as constructed within the working memory. It does get quite technical.
Although this book is old, the same fundamental principles still apply. And yet, his principles leave oddly untouched the central paradox of our experience of the grainy and chaotic world—its seamless perceptual unity in time and space. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience including work in his own laboratory , LeDoux provides explanations of the origins, nature, and impact of fear and anxiety disorders. I'm not implying that the authors do this in a conscious manner, but since they're too immersed in they fields is perfectly normal that even though they try It was overall a good book, but it didn't wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be. The cells in the dentate gyrus normally have high rates of neurogenesis, or growth of new cells which may be key in the forming of new memories or learning. A good book to read if you aren't afraid of delving into areas of science with which you are probably not familiar.
But in his new book, Anxious, the neuroscientist and writer Joseph LeDoux suggests that that has never been a stronger claim to make than it is now. He sets himself the technical task of explaining just how neuronal circuits are modified by what we learn and remember; he considers how the brain systems that underlie thinking, emotion, and motivation develop, interact with, and influence each other to make us who we are. It has a lot of information for a pop science book and is a great way to get introduced to the field of neuroscience. For me this was an amazing book. They are the consequence of the cognitive processing of nonemotional ingredients. I would recommend this for someone who already has some background knowledge in neurosciences and wants to dive a bit deeper and tackle also the philosophical questions.
I found myself needing to go slow and reread some paragraphs as the sheer number of new terms could be somewhat overwhelming. The rest of the book proceeds to delve into the mechanics of this. While he is noticeably stronger in the rigorous scientific aspects of the topic, the broader speculations are still great food for thought. 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. In Synaptic Self, LeDoux presents brain chemistry and brain biology at the level of the synapse — the connection point between brain cells. Being able to eat was the ability to have control back in her life. The author provides different views on theories and then gives his own opinion on the controversial theories in question.
Sometimes he uses entire pages guiding you through some specific circuit with all the back and forth that characterizes our messy brains, and it does so with a very technical language. In the presence of a threatening stimulus, the amygdala sends direct feedback by way of neural connections to sensory areas of the cortex, encouraging these areas to stay focused on those aspects of the stimulus world that are critical. Synaptic Self, while almost certianly a simplified version of what Ledoux understands about the field, is not for the lay reader. Despite ongoing debate about the root cause of psychological disorders, most agree that the development of the self is central to the distinction between normality and psychopathology. LeDoux is an expert tour guide and it is well worth listening. These are all made coherent by wrapping them in the mental trilogy of cognition, emotion and motivation.
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. I understand that this is a very I'd say extremely complicated subject, but the generalities can be explained relatively easily and with much more interesting and general examples than the ones he used. 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. It was a hard slog at times as I don't have a background in Biology, science or medicine but it became easier as I became familiar with the language. LeDoux The Emotional Brain , professor at New York University's Center for Neural Sciences, has come up with a theory: it's the neural pathways—the synaptic relationships—in our brains that make us who we are. It did take me a while to read.