Download [ Synaptic Self How Our Brains Become Who We Are epub ] By Joseph E. LeDoux
Fy what LeDoux was talking about The diagrams didn t Seem To Help Much Either On The Upside Of Things to help much ither On the upside of things chapters on the Death in Mumbai emotional brain were a littleasier to get through In the Baccarat : La lgende du cristal end I m notven sure I read the whole book because I nded up skipping around until I found 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 Cutting dge in the field of applied neurobiology to psychological motional 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 any grounding in scientific data 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 ducation and he was fantastic While njoyed his work immensely without some background in basic brain neurology though it was difficult for a cohort of mostly principals aiming for superintendency jobs to get through and absorb One great review of the class said Ledoux LeDon t Loved that 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 verything is being dumbed down and simplified to reach a wider audience and keep things interesting While there are certainly Water Music elements of truth in that philosophy I think that s being unfair to many of books that really do a fantastic job of introducing people to these concepts without forcing them to be anxpert I say all that to preface the fact that this is NOT one of those booksSynaptic Self while almost certianly a simplified version of what Ledoux understands about the field is not for the lay reader Ledoux talks about neurons action potentials neurotransmitters and neuromodulation different areas and structures in the brain synaptic plasticity tcand while he describes difficult concepts in detail and uses drawings when applicable if you have no familiarity with the brain or the nervous system coming in I can imagine getting less than intended out of this bookor alternatively it might force you to do side research on your own and be an incredibly valuable learning xperience If you ve read Pinker s How the Mind Works imagine a neuroscientific Student Research Projects in Calculus explanation of much of the material covered in that book Early on Ledoux makes the following statement My notion of personality is pretty simple it s that your self thessence 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 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 ncoded by past transmission across synapsesThe rest of the book proceeds to delve into the mechanics of this He splits the brain up into three main systemscognition motion motivation describing how Love for Imperfect Things each of them work and thenxplaining how they all work togetherthough he uses these three as "a simple distinction and doesn t argue there are just three physical systems "simple distinction and doesn t argue there are just three physical systems 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 functioning of those systems translates into behavior thoughts and A Heart of Stone emotions Ledoux integrates both psychology and philosophy into Examination of the biological bases of ourmotions and memories Now the world renowned xpert 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 feel and remember Synapses ncode the Language and Linguistics es. 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 through Annormous snooze fest My dissertation research is Divertimento essentially about what makes us who we are so I was really looking forward to reading this book LeDoux left whole bodies of research regardingarly life Love Is a Fairy Tale experience and how it influences latermotionality 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 A wildly Promise at Dawn educational popular ISH science book for those somewhere between novice and veteran in the field of neuroscience basic understanding of psychology and chemistrybiology recommended LeDoux adeptly and thoroughly covers basics of neuroscience and brain anatomy beforexploring both the xtremely micro synaptic level and the 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 great food for thought The book is well written and not overly dense though I m hesitant to call it popular science as it s not xactly simplified ither Basically I was hoping for something a bit lighter And I Was Disappointed I was disappointed
about all the testing on animals I like reading about science and the brain but 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 animals 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 Reading this led me to learn about US xperimentation on chimpanzees which I find really upsetting I can t believe our country still hasn t passed legislation to totally ban research on chimps A wealth of information about the brain and the way that it communicates The main focus of the book is the synaptic connections within the brain The most interesting chapters for me were The Most Unaccountable of Machinery Building the Brain The Emotional Brain Revisited and Synaptic Sickness I thoroughly The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery enjoyed the description of how the brain is built whilst the baby is developing and further on as it grows into an adult The beginning chapters weressential in order to get an understanding of the basics of neuroscience My favorite 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 full of the latest speculation Ma 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 verything about ourselves cells Chemistry was never my best subjectBut the book s central point is very well presented verything about ourselves 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 fine details of our nvironment This fits 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 da I would put this book into the category of interesting but not fun to read Why Because I m interested in all that cool new neuroscience research but I really had to force 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 found myself having to reread paragraphs and passages to clari. Following up his 1996 The Emotional Brain the world renowned brain xpert 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 think feel imagine act and remember In 1996 Joseph LeDoux's The Emotional Brain presented a revelatory.
read about all the testing on animals I like reading about science and the brain but
Characters Synaptic Self How Our Brains Become Who We AreHe 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 Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den emotion learning behavioral changetcare the
connections in the brain and the synaptic changes that 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 are formed and how they can be changed 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 circuits is important At least that s what I got 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 so far 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 to the historical knowledge his own research He works mainly on the workings of the brain in the presence of and states of anxiety and his findings 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 through animal studies and often involves destroying parts of the brain to 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 find 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 Scraps Of The Untainted Sky esteem this book had much that interested me I knew before this that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and biofeedback worked for me as well as SSRIs Now I know why I also 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 relativelyasy with persistence This is why I feel 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 The Eric Carle Gift Set 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 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 learnxplicitly and implicitly that is consciously and unconsciously While we may not be able to control the implicit learning we certainly can have an Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century 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. Sence of personalitynabling Fashion Design Course each of us to function as a distinctive integrated individual from moment to moment Exploring the functioning of memory the synaptic basis of mental illness and drug addiction and the mechanism of self awareness Synaptic Self is a provocative and mindxpanding work that is destined to become a classi.Synaptic Connections In The Brain And The Synaptic Changes That