A Nobel Prizewinning neuroscientists probing investigation of what brain disorders can tell us about human natureEric R. Kandel, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his foundational research into memory storage in the brain, is one of the pioneers of modern brain science. His work continues to shape our understanding of how learning and memory work and to break down age-old barriers between the sciences and the arts.In his seminal new book, The Disordered Mind, Kandel draws on a lifetime of pathbreaking research and the work of many other leading neuroscientists to take us on an unusual tour of the brain. He confronts one of the most difficult questions we face: How does our mind, our individual sense of self, emerge from the physical matter of the brain? The brains 86 billion neurons communicate with one another through very precise connections. But sometimes those connections are disrupted. The brain processes that give rise to our mind can become disordered, ...
|Title||:||The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us about Ourselves|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
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The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us about Ourselves Reviews
Always like Kandel, from his textbooks to his personal revelations (the latter more so). As a rundown of the status of neuroscience today, this deserves a fifth star. He presents the material beautifully, so that even when technical terms (such as particular areas of the brain) are tossed in without full definition, the whole still carries you along with superb clarity.
My only reservation is his stance that certain mechanisms of the brain have been firmly established, when, from what I've read e ...more
THE DISORDERED MIND. (2018). Eric R. Kandel. ****.
I found this work to be a fascinating review of our existing knowledge of the brain and how it works. The author is currently a professor at Columbia University and a renowned researcher in the field of neurology. He was previously a winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine. With a short introduction to his topic, he sets in to inform us of the current state of knowledge about the brain that has been learned through the study of vari ...more
A clear overview of brain research up to the current day. A must read for anyone interested in the connection between the prescription of drugs and the use of psychotherapy in treating mental disorders and addiction. Kandel clear explains the difference between autism, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease, and other conditions. There is a chapter on what comes into play when someone becomes addicted to opiates etc. It takes some time to read, but well worth the journ ...more
I found this book very disappointing. There wasn't a lot that was new. The subtitle, "What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves," makes a promise that is unfulfilled. He never says what disorders like Alzheimer's, addiction, autism, schizophrenia, etc. tell us about normal brains (except that they don't have these disorders). He has little to say about consciousness, and how it relates to brain activity, except to say that it's a mystery. When he discusses addiction, he mixes science with norm ...more
This is an informative book with insights into recent studies of the human brain. I'm not sure who the target audience is for this. It's not as accessible as Dr. Sacks' books, for example, and I think will require a background in biology or psychology at least. However, experts are likely to find it often vague and repetitive. There's not much effort to personalize the science with anecdotes or patient histories, which makes it somewhat slow-going and technical. It has some nice pictures and fig ...more
I do not come from a science background. This book was recommended to me from a family friend who is a neuroscience doctor. He suggested this book because he respects the renowned Dr. Eric Kandel. Also he thought this was a good book for a lay person to understand some of the cutting edge brain research that is being done. Dr. Kandel won the Nobel prize in 2000 for his research of memory storage in neurons. I wanted to understand how the memory works especially after my dear father was diagnosed ...more
As with everything from Eric Kandel, well-written and insightful, a pleasure to read, and deserving of a close reread.