By D. F. Swaab
A shiny account of what makes us human.
established groundbreaking new study, We Are Our Brains is a sweeping biography of the human mind, from infancy to maturity to outdated age. well known neuroscientist D. F. Swaab takes us on a guided journey of the complicated internal workings that verify our strength, our barriers, and our wants, with every one bankruptcy serving as an eye-opening window on a unique level of mind improvement: the gender changes that increase within the embryonic mind, what is going on within the heads of youngsters, how parenthood completely adjustments the brain.
relocating past natural organic figuring out, Swaab provides a debatable and multilayered moral argument surrounding the mind. faraway from owning actual unfastened will, Swaab argues, we have now little or no keep watch over over our daily judgements, or who we are going to turn into, simply because our brains predetermine every thing approximately us, lengthy sooner than we're born, from our ethical personality to our non secular leanings to whom we fall in love with. And he demanding situations lots of our winning assumptions approximately what makes us human, interpreting the complicated “moral networks” that permit us to adventure emotion, revealing maternal intuition to be the results of hormonal adjustments within the pregnant mind, and exploring the best way that non secular “imprinting” shapes the mind in the course of early life. Rife with memorable case stories, We Are Our Brains is already a bestselling overseas phenomenon. It goals to demystify the chemical and genetic workings of our such a lot mysterious organ, within the method assisting us to work out who we're via a completely new lens.
Did you know?
• The father’s mind is affected in being pregnant in addition to the mother’s.
• The withdrawal signs we adventure on the finish of a love affair replicate chemical addiction.
• starting to be up bilingual reduces the chance of Alzheimer’s.
• Parental faith is imprinted on our brains in the course of early improvement, a lot as our local language is.
Praise for We Are Our Brains
“Swaab’s ‘neurobiography’ is witty, opinionated, passionate, and, certainly, cerebral.”—Booklist (starred review)
“A interesting survey . . . Swaab employs either own and clinical remark in near-equal measure.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A cogent, provocative account of ways twenty-first-century ‘neuroculture’ has the capability to impression profound scientific and social change.”—Kirkus Reviews