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The Brain That Changes Itself
Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
Norman Doidge - Dec 18, 2007
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An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed - people whose mental limitations or ...
Phantoms in the Brain
Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
V. S. Ramachandran - Aug 18, 1999 (first published in 1998)
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Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran is internationally renowned for uncovering answers to the deep and quirky questions of human nature that few scientists have dared to address. His bold insights about the brain are matched only by the stunning simplicity of his experiments -- using such low-tech tools as cotton swabs, glasses of water and dime-store...
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, Third Edition
Robert Sapolsky - Sep 15, 2004 (first published in 1993)
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Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress.As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about w...
Principles of Neural Science
Eric R. Kandel - Jan 04, 2000 (first published in 1981)
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This text studies the brain, its structure, function and development. It discusses neuroanatomy, cell and molecular mechanisms and signaling through a cognitive approach to behaviour. It features an expanded treatment of the nervous system, neurological and psychiatric diseases and perception....
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
Oliver Sacks - Jan 01, 2006 (first published in 1985)
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If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self—himself—he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it. Dr. Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder. Here are people who can no longer recognize everyday objects o...
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - Apr 02, 2013
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In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
The Brain's Way of Healing
Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
Norman Doidge - Jan 25, 2016
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Now a New York Times Bestseller!The bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself presents astounding advances in the treatment of brain injury and illness In The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge described the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years: the discovery that the brain can change i...
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Jim Kwik
Incognito
The Secret Lives of the Brain
David Eagleman - May 14, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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If the conscious mind--the part you consider to be you--is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?  In this sparkling and provocative book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate its surprising mysteries. Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become con...
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Ray Dalio
My Stroke of Insight
A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
Jill Bolte Taylor - May 26, 2009 (first published in 2006)
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Jill Taylor was a 37-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist when a blood vessel exploded in her brain. Through the eyes of a curious scientist, she watched her mind deteriorate whereby she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Because of her understanding of the brain, her respect for the cells in her body, and an amazing ...
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Ray Dalio
Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Matthew Walker - Jun 19, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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“Why We Sleep is an important and fascinating book…Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.” —Bill Gates A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and po...
The Tell-Tale Brain
A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human
V. S. Ramachandran - Jan 22, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field-so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the "Marco Polo of neuroscience." Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain functio...
Neuroscience by David Bear
In Search of Memory by Eric R. Kandel
Awakenings by Oliver Sacks
Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister
Descartes' Error by Antonio Damasio
How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
Neurotribes by Steve Silberman
A Primate's Memoir by Robert M. Sapolsky
Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Your Brain at Work by David Rock
Consciousness and the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene
An Anthropologist On Mars by Oliver Sacks
The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker
Quiet by Susan Cain
Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases by Hal Blumenfeld
On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins
Monkeyluv by Robert M. Sapolsky
Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
Social by Matthew D. Lieberman
The Trouble With Testosterone by Robert M. Sapolsky
The Worm at the Core by Sheldon Solomon
Netter's Neuroscience Coloring Book by David L. Felten MD
The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception by James J. Gibson
Behavioral Neuroscience by S. Marc Breedlove
Neuroscience by Dale Purves
Netter's Atlas of Neuroscience by David L. Felten MD
Neuroscience, Fifth Edition [HARDCOVER] [2011] [By Dale Purves] by Dale Purves
Lange Clinical Neurology and Neuroanatomy by Aaron Berkowitz
Cognitive Neuroscience by Michael Gazzaniga
Clinical Neuroanatomy, 28th Edition by Stephen Waxman
Bradley's Neurology in Clinical Practice, 2-Volume Set by Robert B. Daroff MD
Mapping the Mind by Rita Carter
Clinical Neuroanatomy made ridiculously simple by Stephen Goldberg M.D
The Neuroscience of Clinical Psychiatry by Edmund Higgins
Neuroscience by Laurie Lundy-Ekman PT
Fixing My Gaze by Susan R. Barry
Apprentice to Genius by Mr. Robert Kanigel
Basic Clinical Neuroscience by Paul A. Young
Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self by Allan N. Schore
The Emotional Brain Revisited by Jacek Debiec
Fundamental Neuroscience by Larry R. Squire
Inequality in America by James J. Heckman
Neuroanatomy by Douglas J. Gould
The Mind and the Brain by Jeffrey M. Schwartz MD
Brain Rules by John Medina
The Owner's Manual for the Brain by Pierce Howard
The Ego Tunnel by Thomas Metzinger
Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks
Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver W. Sacks
The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
Visual Intelligence by Amy E. Herman
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Understanding Human Nature by Alfred Adler
The Social Animal by David Brooks
Consilience by Edward Osborne Wilson
January First by Michael Schofield
Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks
The Predictive Mind by Jakob Hohwy
High-Yield™ Neuroanatomy by Douglas J. Gould
Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience by
We Are Our Brains by Dick Swaab
Unholy Ghost by Nell Casey
Connectome by Sebastian Seung
Migraine by Oliver Sacks
The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine
The Second Mountain by David Brooks
The Ethical Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga
Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton
Smart World by Richard Ogle
The Dream Drugstore by J. Allan Hobson
Bobos In Paradise by David Brooks
On Paradise Drive by David Brooks
Your Brain and Business by Srinivasan S. Pillay M.D.
Sex, Lies, and Brain Scans by Barbara J. Sahakian
Backward And Upward by David Brooks