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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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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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Twisted Wing
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Ruth Newman
 
A compelling novel of psychological suspense set in a Cambridge college
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The Einstein Girl
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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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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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Atmospheric Disturbances
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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 Dr Leo Liebenstein is convinced that his wife has disappeared and that she has been replaced by...
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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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Human Instinct
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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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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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This is Your Brain on Music:...
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Daniel J. Levitin
 
Explains how humans experience music and unravels the mystery of our perennial love affair with it. Using musical examples from Bach to the Beatles, this work reveals the role of...
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The Verificationist
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Donald Antrim
 
Twenty psychoanalysts and a narrator meet for dinner in a pancake house. The narrator, Tom, finds himself locked in a bear hug by Bernhardt, the father figure of the group...
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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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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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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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Enduring Love
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Ian McEwan
 
Begins on a windy summer's day in the Chilterns when the calm, organised life of Joe Rose is shattered by a ballooning accident. What happens is shocking and tragic, but...
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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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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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