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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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The Unconscious
The Unconscious (Paperback)
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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How the Mind Works
How the Mind Works (Paperback)
Steven Pinker
 
Why do we laugh? What makes memories fade? Why do fools fall in love? Why do people believe in ghosts? How do we recognize a face? This title explores every...
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Hector and the Search for Happiness
Francois Lelord; Lorenza Garcia
 
Can we learn how to be happy? Hector is a successful young psychiatrist.
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Phantoms in the Brain: Human Nature...
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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Human Traces
Human Traces (Paperback)
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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Consciousness Explained
Daniel C. Dennett
 
A new theory of consciousness based on thoeries from the fields of neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence.
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Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of...
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 Echo Maker
The Echo Maker (Paperback)
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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The Other Side of You
Salley Vickers
 
The brilliant new novel from the bestselling author of 'Mr Golightly's Holiday' and 'Miss Garnet's Angel'.
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Going Sane
Going Sane (Paperback)
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...
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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Twisted Wing
Twisted Wing (Paperback)
Ruth Newman
 
A compelling novel of psychological suspense set in a Cambridge college
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The Einstein Girl
The Einstein Girl (Paperback)
Philip Sington
 
At the heart of truth lies madness... Two months before Hitler's rise to power, a beautiful young woman is found naked and near death in the woods outside Berlin. When...
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Atmospheric Disturbances
Rivka Galchen
 
'Last December, a woman entered my apartment who looked exactly like my wife...' Dr Leo Liebenstein is convinced that his wife has disappeared and that she has been replaced by...
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Human Instinct
Human Instinct (Paperback)
Robert Winston
 
How well do our instincts equip us for twenty-first century? This book takes us on a journey into the human mind. It takes a personal look at the relationship between...
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