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The Disordered Mind

What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves
Narrated by: David Stifel
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Eric R. Kandel, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his foundational research into memory storage in the brain, is one of the pioneers of modern brain science. His work continues to shape our understanding of how learning and memory work and to break down age-old barriers between the sciences and the arts.

In his seminal new audiobook, The Disordered Mind, Kandel draws on a lifetime of pathbreaking research and the work of many other leading neuroscientists to take us on an unusual tour of the brain. He confronts one of the most difficult questions we face: How does our mind, our individual sense of self, emerge from the physical matter of the brain?

The brain’s 86 billion neurons communicate with one another through very precise connections. But sometimes those connections are disrupted. The brain processes that give rise to our mind can become disordered, resulting in diseases such as autism, depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While these disruptions bring great suffering, they can also reveal the mysteries of how the brain produces our most fundamental experiences and capabilities - the very nature of what it means to be human. Studies of autism illuminate the neurological foundations of our social instincts; research into depression offers important insights on emotions and the integrity of the self; and paradigm-shifting work on addiction has led to a new understanding of the relationship between pleasure and willpower.

By studying disruptions to typical brain functioning and exploring their potential treatments, we will deepen our understanding of thought, feeling, behavior, memory, and creativity. Only then can we grapple with the big question of how billions of neurons generate consciousness itself.

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©2018 Eric R. Kandel (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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"David Stifel provides a confident professorial tone in his narration of [Eric] Kandel's fascinating audiobook. Listeners searching for a fundamental review of neurobiology will find it satisfyingly comprehensive." (AudioFile Magazine)

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The Brain and how it forms our reality.

The Disorded Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves is a marvelous book delving into the physical processes of our brains that work to form our perception and understanding of the world around us. Essentially it covers the information regarding how our mind is formed by the underlying processes of our brains. Eric R. Kandel goes in depth on the different parts of the brain and how pathways take in sensory information and use it to make us the way that we are. However, his approach is done in reverse. He takes information from brains that have disorders and functional issues and uses them to come to an understanding of how everything works and why we think, feel, and interact in the way that we do. It is a fascinating account of neuroscience, psychology, and biology. I highly recommend it to anyone that is fascinated by the construct of life and the brain.

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Outstanding Book

I love this book. The elucidation of the biology of mental illnesses was so well done that both the laymen and the person with a medical background would appreciate and learn from it. The author is both a skilled writer and obviously an accomplished scientist (Nobel Prize winner ).

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  • 11-07-18

Thoroughly enjoyed

I'm just an amateur reader of neuroscience, starting with the early writings of Oliver Sachs. I listen to a new book every 6 weeks or so, by whoever is the writer Dejeur. This one goes way beyond that pack. I am a nurse, so.not out o
By anatomy speak, so that must be disclosed. This book is highly thought out, and is almost poetic in delivery. Each fact and example fit seamlessly and draws the reader in. I learned so much or-i thought sinemet stopped working on Parkinson's patients due to tolerance. I was wrong. There is a connection between bipolar and schizophrenia. Which explains why both run in my family.....Which is also.explained. I will likely listen again. This would make an.ideal series for pbs. Do the producers of pbs hear me??????

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Easy ...seriously interesting and easy to understand

Such fluid writing ! Love that this book was read by a skilled voice. Dr Kandel makes this complicated science a subject I will study more. And, at 76
I’d say my excitement for understanding our Brain and Our Unconscious has just scratched the surface
Someone you know or met has a disorder — you now will look at them with a higher resolution of understanding. Buy it !

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Exceptional Book on the Current State of Brain Sci

Written by one of the leading scientists doing research on the biological basis of the brain.

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Kandedl hace simple lo complejo

Kandedl tiene el don de hacer simple y comprensible lo complejo una síntesis neurociwntifica exquisita

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very interesting book on a variety of neuroscience

I enjoyed In Search of Memory and this book was also well written. Kandel covers a broad swath of topics and gives a lot of credit to other researchers and their work. This book is a great primer for investigating other research in this exciting field