Synaptic Self How Our Brains Become Who We Are [ Read ] by Joseph E. LeDoux
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interesting and understandable Either need neuroscience classes or LeDoux needs to dumb it down to make it accessible to the non scientists among us Basically I was hoping for something a bit ighter And I was disappointed to read about all the testing on animals I Band of Soldiers like reading about science and the brain but this book was difficult to slog through It got technical uickly with chemicals and pathways given throughout the book Iearned a The Jewels of Manhattan lot but was very discouraged that neuroscience studies involve conducting research on animals The author often referenced how one result was found after puttingesions in mice brains or a drug was found after Nation as Mother locking up monkeys in cages to make them aggressive and anxious Reading thised me to The Tryst Betrayed learn about US experimentation on chimpanzees which I find really upsetting I can t believe our country still hasn t passedegislation to totally ban research on chimps 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 Cutting edge in the field of applied neurobiology to psychological emotional 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 ikely good by way of any grounding in scientific data Still 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 education and he was fantastic While enjoyed 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 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 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 were essential *IN ORDER TO GET AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE BASICS *order to get an understanding of the basics 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 the book are that is full of the atest speculation Many theories are examined fully and most of them are unproven and have many counter theories vying for supremacy In conclusion not much is known about the mysterious space between our neurons deemed synapses and this book is proof of that Amrita Sher-Gil lack of knowledge However I am grateful for whatever is available to us about theatest developments in this intriguing branch of knowledge and I am much richer in having read this rather than having skipped it An enormous snooze fest My dissertation research is essentially about what makes us who we are so I was really Flashback My Life And Times In Bollywood And Beyond looking forward to reading this book LeDouxeft whole bodies of research regarding early City Improbable life experience and how it influencesater emotionality and the brain completely untapped It was ike a textbook with related chapters but nothing that connected it all together into a coherent view point Super disappointing. Sence of personality enabling 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 mind expanding work that is destined to become a classi. 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 everything is being dumbed down and simplified to reach a wider audience and keep things interesting While there are certainly 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 an expert 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 No Future for You lay reader Ledoux talks about neurons action potentials neurotransmitters and neuromodulation different areas and structures in the brain synaptic plasticity etcand while he describes difficult concepts in detail and uses drawings when applicable if you 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 aot of advanced chemistry going on between brain cells Chemistry was never my best subjectBut the book s central point is very well presented everything about ourselves is 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 environment 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 dazzlingI particularly found the chapter on mental illnesses to be informative There s a fashionable backlash these days against the over medication of America that isn t wholly unjustified LeDoux admits that drugs which act on SOS Schlank ohne Sport - 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 But the entire book adds up to a solid defense of the principle that drugs are aegitimate approach to dealing with mental illness If our memories attitudes behaviors and so on are all tied to synaptic activity and synaptic activity is electro chemical in nature then it stands to reason that chemicals can be used to change the mind in beneficial ways This book is very Charming the Firefighter (In Shady Grove, logical and scientific particularly in its acknowledgment that much remains unknown and that many conclusions cannot be applied universally There are freuent references to ongoing experiments and studies testing new dogma and exploringong standing uestions Some of those uestions may even be answered by now but the sheer number of them means that exciting research will no doubt continue for a very Making India Work long time It s that sense of excitement as we discover and about how we tick that animates the book even in the midst of dense technical vocabulary A wildly 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 before exploring both the extremely micro synapticevel 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 *is noticeably stronger in the rigorous scientific aspects of the topic the broader speculations are still great food for The book is well written and not overly dense though I m hesitant to call it popular science as it s not exactly simplified either 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 Following up his 1996 The Emotional Brain the world renowned brain expert presents a groundbreaking work that tells a profound story how the ittle 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. Alance Although LeDoux points to the importance of neurotransmitters in modulating synaptic transmission he thinks that the overall connectivity of circuits is important At east that s what I got from the bookI have to admit to skimming through some parts that were a ittle above my head but much of it "Is Perfectly Understandable To Laypeople " perfectly understandable to aypeople 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 fear and states of anxiety and his findings are based on this research I had a ittle trouble reading *About The Various Ways That Scientists Discover Things About The *the various ways that scientists discover things about the Much of the research is done through animal studies and often involves destroying parts of the brain to see what happens or many times through earning and conditioning Monkey and rat research is used mainly and if you are anti animal research you l 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 ow self 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 DK Adventures learns things and it can be hard to unlearn those patterns But the brilliant thing is that the brain wants toearn so creating new patterns is relatively easy 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 trying to accomplish the same thingHere s just a snippet of the 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 In The Name of God learning and memory processing When there are elevated cortisolevels 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 earning 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 istLeDoux points out that we Operation Lipstick learn explicitly and implicitly that is consciously and unconsciously While we may not be able to control the implicitearning we certainly can have an effect by purposely thinking in certain ways a From Blah to Awe 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 dike to read positive things right now 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 ayperson it truly is not I have a ittle background in brain physiology but still found myself having to reread paragraphs and passages to clarify what LeDoux was talking about The diagrams didn t seem to help much either On the upside of things the chapters on the emotional brain were a ittle easier to get through In the end I m not even sure I read the whole book because I ended up sk. Examination of the biological bases of our emotions and memories Now the world renowned expert on the brain has produced with a groundbreaking work that tells a profound story how the ittle spaces between the neurons the brain's synapses are the channels through which we think act imagine feel and remember Synapses encode the es.
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