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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"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)
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.
Fun and interesting stories. Written by an expert for a layman. All of my personalities loved it. Except for Mikey who hates everything.
It's interesting, it speaks of different neurologic disorders. The only thing I didn't like is that, it gave in titles at the beginning of the chapter; but did not really elaborate the full meaning.
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.
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.
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.
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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