Monday, June 18, 2012
Summer Brain Book Reading List
For those of you who are interested in a range of books about the brain, here’s a nifty list of recent books posted by Ann L. Whitman on the Dana Foundation Blog: http://danapress.typepad.com/weblog/2012/06/summer-reading-list-brain-books.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DanaFoundationBlog+%28Dana+Foundation+Blog+Atom%29&utm_content=Google+Reader&goback=.gde_4196068_member_123916615
Ms. Whitman posted this list (I don't know her enough to call her "Ann", on the Chicago Area Brain Network LinkedIn Group which, if you haven't joined it, is a great source of information, analysis and commentary.
Of the books she listed, I’m most interested in reading Who's in Charge? By Michael S. Gazzaniga. Here’s a link to the HaperCollinsPublishers website overview: http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Whos-in-Charge-Michael-S-Gazzaniga?isbn=9780061906107&HCHP=TB_Who+s+in+Charge?
According to the dust jacket copy on the Amazon site, "The father of cognitive neuroscience and author of Human offers a provocative argument against the common belief that our lives are wholly determined by physical processes and we are therefore not responsible for our actions". I tend to agree with that even though I'd like to blame my behavior on my physiology. So I'm adding it to my long list of summer reading.
The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs. You can read more about them at http://www.dana.org/AboutDana/WhatDanaDoes.aspx