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Best Neuroscience Books

Explore the intricacies of the human brain through the most celebrated neuroscience books, curated based on their popularity in academic and popular reading sources.

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Best Neuroscience Books
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The Brain That Changes Itself
Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
Norman Doidge - 2007-03-15
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Discover the groundbreaking science of neuroplasticity as you delve into the transformative stories of people who were once told their mental limitations were unalterable. Through the journeys of those with brain damage, learning disorders, and even half a brain, witness how the brain can rewire itself to heal and grow. Written by a leading psychiatrist, this inspiring and moving book explores the mysteries of the human body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, offering a new perspective on human potential.
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Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Oliver W. Sacks - 1998-04-02 (first published in 1985)
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Explore the extraordinary world of neurological disorders through personal case studies. This book presents patients with bizarre perceptual and intellectual aberrations, vividly conveying their struggles to live with memory loss, loss of recognition, and violent tics. These deeply human tales showcase life's perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity and provide a window into the lives of the neurologically impaired.
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Marina Amaral
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Principles of Neural Science
Eric R. Kandel - 2000-01-05 (first published in 1981)
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Discover the complexity of the brain with this comprehensive exploration of its structure, function, and development. From neuroanatomy to cognitive behavior, this book covers everything you need to know about the nervous system, including neurological and psychiatric diseases and perception. Dive deep into cell and molecular mechanisms and signaling with an expanded treatment of the subject.
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The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
Robert M. Sapolsky - 2017-05-02
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Behave is a groundbreaking examination of human behavior by neurobiologist and primatologist Robert M. Sapolsky. From the neurobiological factors that influence our actions, to the sensory stimuli that trigger our responses, Sapolsky takes readers on a journey through the evolutionary history of our species to understand why we do the things we do, both good and bad. This genre-defining book explores tribalism, xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace with humor and insight, making it a tower of achievement in its own right.
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Phantoms in the Brain
Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
V. S. Ramachandran - 1999-08-18 (first published in 1998)
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"Phantoms in the Brain" by a renowned neuroscientist delves deep into the architecture of the human brain. Through the use of simple experiments and intriguing patient cases, the author sheds light on questions about body image, laughter, depression, religion, decision-making, and more. This medical detective work offers new insights into the mysteries of consciousness and the self, challenging the boundaries of the last great frontier of medicine - the human mind.
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Tom Bilyeu
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Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, Third Edition
Robert Sapolsky - 2004-09-15 (first published in 1993)
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Learn how stress affects your health and how to manage it with Robert M. Sapolsky's "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers." This acclaimed book now features new chapters on addiction, anxiety, personality disorders, and spirituality. Sapolsky explains why diseases caused by stress, such as heart disease and cancer, are more common in humans than other illnesses. Discover how to avoid getting sick by effectively managing stress.
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - 2011-10-25
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Explore the inner workings of the mind in this groundbreaking book that explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, emotional, and intuitive while System 2 is slower, more analytical, and logical. Discover the benefits and drawbacks of both systems and learn how to tap into the benefits of slow thinking. With practical insights into decision-making in both our personal and professional lives, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to guard against mental pitfalls and gain a deeper understanding of the way we think.
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The Tell-Tale Brain
A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human
V. S. Ramachandran - 2011-01-17 (first published in 2010)
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Explore the fascinating intersection of neurology and behavior in this compelling book by V. S. Ramachandran. Dubbed the "Marco Polo of neuroscience" by Richard Dawkins, Ramachandran delves into extreme and baffling case studies to shed light on the evolution and normal function of the human brain. Topics such as synesthesia and autism become windows into the mechanisms that make us unique as humans, while offering new directions for treatment. Ramachandran's storytelling and research skills make this book an exciting journey into the mysteries of the mind.
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Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Matthew Walker - 2017-10-03
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Discover the power and purpose of slumber with this international sensation of a book. Sleep expert Matthew Walker examines every aspect of our physical and mental well-being, from learning and mood to regulating hormones and preventing diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. In this “compelling and utterly convincing” read, Walker explains how to improve our lives by harnessing the benefits of sleep.
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The Brain's Way of Healing
Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
Norman Doidge - 2015-01-27
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Discover the amazing advances in brain injury and illness treatment in this bestseller! Learn about the process of neuroplastic healing and how non-invasive methods like light, sound, and movement can awaken the brain's own healing capacities. Explore real-life cases where chronic pain, autism, and other conditions were alleviated through these approaches. This book presents cutting-edge science and practical principles that can help improve your brain's performance and health.
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Jim Kwik
Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases by Hal Blumenfeld
My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
Incognito by David Eagleman
Mapping the Mind by Rita Carter
Clinical Neuroanatomy made ridiculously simple by Stephen Goldberg M. D
Descartes' Error by Antonio Damasio
The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks
On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins
Your Brain at Work by David Rock
Brain Rules by John Medina
The Mind and the Brain by Jeffrey M. Schwartz
In Search of Memory by Eric R. Kandel
Neuroscience by David Bear
Fixing My Gaze by Susan R. Barry
Neuroscience by Dale Purves
Apprentice to Genius by Mr. Robert Kanigel
How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
We Are Our Brains by Dick Swaab
The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer
The Molecule of More by Daniel Z. Lieberman
Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza
Awakenings by Oliver Sacks
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
An Anthropologist On Mars by Oliver Sacks
Mindsight by Daniel J. Siegel
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Daniel G. Amen
The XX Brain by Lisa Mosconi PhD
Cognitive Neuroscience by Michael Gazzaniga
Nocturnal Brain EXPORT by Guy Leschziner
Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology by Allan Ropper, Martin Samuels, Joshua Klein, Sashank Prasad
Electromyography and Neuromuscular Disorders by David C. Preston MD, Barbara E. Shapiro MD PhD
Behavioral Neuroscience by S. Marc Breedlove
Lange Clinical Neurology and Neuroanatomy by Aaron Berkowitz
Duus' Topical Diagnosis in Neurology by Mathias Bähr, Michael Frotscher, Wilhelm Kueker, Barbara Gay, Gerhard Spitzer
The Neuroscience of Clinical Psychiatry by Edmund Higgins
Bradley's Neurology in Clinical Practice, 2-Volume Set by Robert B. Daroff
Synaptic Self by Joseph Ledoux
Bradley and Daroff's Neurology in Clinical Practice (2 Volumes) by Joseph Jankovic MD, John C. Mazziotta MD PhD, Scott L Pomeroy MD PhD
Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister
Localization in Clinical Neurology by Paul W. Brazis, Joseph C. Masdeu MD PhD, Jose Biller MD FACP FAAN FAHA FAN
Pocket Neurology (Pocket Notebook Serie) by M Brandon Westover, Marcelo Matielo, Michael P Bowley, Sahar F Zafar
The Emotional Brain Revisited by Jacek Debiec
The Social Animal by David Brooks
The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
How Emotions Are Made by Prof. Lisa Feldman Barrett
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Fundamental Neuroscience by Larry R. Squire
The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences by Robert B. Daroff, Michael J. Aminoff Dsc Frcp