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NeuroLogic Audiobook

NeuroLogic: The Brain's Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior

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Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking investigation of the brain's hidden logic behind our strangest behaviors and of how conscious and unconscious systems interact in order to create our experience and preserve our sense of self.

From bizarre dreams and hallucinations to schizophrenia and multiple personalities, the human brain is responsible for a diverse spectrum of strange thoughts and behaviors. When observed from the outside, these phenomena are often written off as being just "crazy", but what if they were actually planned and logical?

NeuroLogic explores the brain's internal system of reasoning, from its unconscious depths to conscious decision making, and illuminates how it explains our most outlandish as well as our most stereotyped behaviors. From sleepwalking murderers, contagious yawning, and the brains of sports fans to false memories, subliminal messages, and the secret of ticklishness, Dr. Eliezer Sternberg shows that there are patterns to the way the brain interprets the world - patterns that fit the brain's unique logic. Unraveling these patterns and the various ways they can be disturbed will not only alter our view of mental illness and supernatural experience but will also shed light on the hidden parts of ourselves.

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©2016 Eliezer Sternberg (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Eliezer J. Sternberg's NeuroLogic is an eye-opener, an entertaining, yet thought-provoking investigation of how our brains work - including why we do some of the strange things we do. Sternberg pries open our minds to expose the way our brain operates, providing insight into topics ranging from our perceptions and habits, to hypnosis, language, and learning. Neurologic expertly guides the reader through the unconscious logic of the human brain. I came away from this book with an enhanced sense of who I am as a person." (Leonard Mlodinow, author of Subliminal)

"In NeuroLogic, Sternberg takes us on a fascinating exploration of the impulses and quirks that make us human. An innovative, engaging look inside the black box that is the mind." (Maria Konnikova, author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes)

"Dr. Sternberg's enthusiasm for neuroscience bursts out of every page. In clear language he tackles a series of fascinating neurological curiosities that are windows into the wonder of the brain." (Dr. Sally Satel, author of Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience)

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    Crabman Columbus, Oh 02-17-16
    Crabman Columbus, Oh 02-17-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Interesting and easy to digest."

    Fun and interesting stories. Written by an expert for a layman. All of my personalities loved it. Except for Mikey who hates everything.

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    "great story, well sourced, based on assumptions. "

    the writer does a great job illuminating many neurological disorders by focusing on the specific studies they're tired to. unfortunately, he assumes much in his analysis of the volition of sub/unconscious processes. many explanations of nearly all of the neurological disorders here are made under the guise of pseudo-Freudianism. The author ascribes cognitions to the unconscious that he can't back up with evidence.

    His analysis of dissociative identity disorder is well written and well understood, but he assigns its cause to the unconscious trying to protect the brain by hypnotizing itself. instead of staying in a functional neuropsychological paradigm which stresses the inferences of neuronal activity and psychological experience purely from the anatomy's story he takes liberties in assigning consciousness to this physical phenomena.

    This can serve to muddy the waters of the claims and clear science of the text. Thankfully these assumptions stand as great metaphors and teachable concepts, but they may not reflect reality.

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    W. White California 10-18-16
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    "Fresh reconfiguration of familiar neurology"

    At times, this is reminiscent of Ramachandran & others in this ilk, but the apt metaphors & crossover understandings between systems, and wonderfully illustrative stories the best composite understanding of the mind I've seen to date. It was well read, and well worth the read.

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    Tintin Chicago IL 04-09-16
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    "How brains go mad."

    Very nice compilation of neurological disorders with enough examples to understand the strange symptoms and enough science to reveal the underlying processes. See how the brain works by studying cases where parts don't. Well organized, well written, well read.

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    ofer 11-13-16
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    "One of the best books on the brain"

    I've read many books on the brain, this one is one of the best I've heard.
    It really give insight into some of the strange phenomenon we encounter or hear about.

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    Natalie 07-22-16
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    "Very Interesting"

    Most educational type books can be hard to get through, but the readers voice is engaging. There are a few spots in the middle where it gets dry but the last few chapters tie everything together wonderfully. I am capitivated by the workings of the brain.

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    jimmy 07-17-16
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    I took the first step for a better life and it worked. The power of books is amazing.

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    Je suis très critique et j'ai. Ien aime ce livre. C'est une bonne facon de faire.

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    loved it. this book made me think about reasons for some of the unconscious thoughts I encounter everyday.i recommend this book to read .

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    Jennifer 06-23-16
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    "Excellent book, great narration, very insightful!"

    I think this book was wonderful. I think this is a book that everyone should read because people don't know enough about how our brain functions. If you don't know how something works you will not be able to use it effectively. Our brain is truly amazing and this book does a great job showing us just how amazing it is. The best part for me was the fact that the author illustrates all the concepts/theories using research. Fantastic!

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    john 06-01-16
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