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Books on the Brain

New technology and techniques are bringing about remarkable leaps in our understanding of the mysteries of the brain. Neuroscientists such as Daniel Dennett, Oliver Sacks and Daniel Levitin have exposed the biochemical activity that governs so much of our behaviour, while novelists such as Siri Hustvedt, in her recent memoir, and the ever cutting-edge Richard Powers have brought new insights across literary spectrum. Here are some of the very best journeys to the centre of the nervous system.

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This is Your Brain on Music:...
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Daniel J. Levitin
 
Ever wondered why you can identify your favourite song from hearing only the first two notes? Or why you can't get that annoying jingle out of your head? Daniel Levitin's...
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Human Traces
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Sebastian Faulks
 
Jacques Rebiere and Thomas Midwinter, both sixteen when this story starts in 1876, come from different countries and contrasting families. They are united by an ambition to understand how the...
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Enduring Love
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Ian McEwan
 
Joe Rose's calm, organised life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown to Joe, something...
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Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of...
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Philippa Perry; Junko Graat
 
What is it like to be a fly on a psychotherapist's wall? This compelling case study in the form of a graphic novel vividly explores a year's therapy sessions as...
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The Unconscious
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Sigmund Freud; James Conant
 
One of Freud's central achievements was to demonstrate how unacceptable thoughts and feelings are repressed into the unconscious, from where they continue to exert a...
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The Shaking Woman or A History of My...
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Siri Hustvedt
 
By the bestselling author of WHAT I LOVED, an intimate and enlightening account of her search for the key to her mysterious nervous disorder, which brilliantly illuminates the connection between...
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Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and...
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Antonio Damasio
 
Takes the reader on a journey of scientific discovery through a series of case studies, demonstrating what many of us have long suspected: emotions are not a luxury, they are...
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Mapping the Mind
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Rita Carter
 
'One of the clearest and best-illustrated attempts to explain the virtually inaccessible, the brain' SUNDAY TIMES
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Phantoms in the Brain: Human Nature...
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V. S. Ramachandran; Sandra Blakeslee;...
 
'Phantoms in The Brain' takes a revolutionary new approach to theories of the brain, from one of the world's leading experimental neurologists.
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Consciousness Explained
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Daniel C. Dennett
 
A new theory of consciousness based on thoeries from the fields of neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence.
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The Echo Maker
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Richard Powers
 
On a winter night on a remote road in Nebraska, Mark Schluter's truck turns over in a near fatal accident. His sister, Karin, returns reluctantly to their home town to...
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Hector and the Search for Happiness
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Francois Lelord; Lorenza Garcia
 
Can we learn how to be happy? Hector is a successful young psychiatrist.
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Flipnosis: The Art of Split-second...
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Kevin Dutton
 
Flipnosis is a special kind of persuasion. It has an incubation period of just seconds, and can instantly disarm even the most discerning mind. Flipnosis is black-belt mind control. It...
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Going Sane
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Adam Phillips
 
We can define the mad, but how do we classify the sane? Answering this question, the author delves deep into history, philosophy, literature, and his own experiences to address questions...
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The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice...
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Geoffrey Miller
 
Miller shows how our brains are the products of sexual selection, rather than natural selection and how this alters and illuminates our understanding of intelligence, art, language, mortality, sex and...
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Proust and the Squid: The Story and...
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Maryanne Wolf
 
Explores our brains' near-miraculous ability to arrange and re-arrange themselves in response to external circumstances. This title examines how this 'open architecture', the elasticity of our brains, helps and hinders...
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