The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves

The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves

Eric 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 brain’s 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, resulting in diseases such as autism, depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While these disruptions bring great suffering, they can also reveal the mysteries of how the brain produces our most fundamental experiences and capabilities—the very nature of what it means to be human. Studies of autism illuminate the neurological foundations of our social instincts; research into depression offers important insights on emotions and the integrity of the self; and paradigm-shifting work on addiction has led to a new understanding of the relationship between pleasure and willpower.

By studying disruptions to typical brain functioning and exploring their potential treatments, we will deepen our understanding of thought, feeling, behavior, memory, and creativity. Only then can we grapple with the big question of how billions of neurons generate consciousness itself.

Title:The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves
ISBN:9780374287863
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About Eric R. Kandel

Eric R. Kandel is an American neuropsychiatrist who was a recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. He shared the prize with Arvid Carlsson and Paul Greengard.


    The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves Reviews

  • Corvus

    Goodreads removed my post for mentioning that Kandel is an animal abuser- a fact that is available in the book and online. I included a link to his current publications in which he causes pain and ter...

  • Kristine

    The Disordered Mind by Eric R. Kandel is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early August.You get the impression that, throughout this book, disorder is abnormal or there’s a baseline that everyon...

  • Molly

    Received a review copy in exchange for my review. I wish I could leave a better one. The book is full of animal testing and psychiatric binaries of sick and well. It lacks an ethical framework in its ...

  • Melise Gerber

    I read an ARC from NetGalley and Farrah, Straus And Giroux. Thanks!I am always interested in reading about the intersection of brain physiology and psychology/behavior. This book was a great overview ...

  • Derek Davis

    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 beautifu...

  • Dan

    This book does not pretend to be a comprehensive treatise on brain disorders. It is more like a multi-course tasting menu of interesting topics in cognitive neuroscience and should be savored as such....

  • Authentikate

    A clinical review of recent research and scientific data. Very well researched and referenced. Perhaps not the most lay person friendly but it attempted to be widely assessable.Thanks to NetGalley and...

  • Ester

    Excellent...