The Brain's Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior

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From bizarre dreams and hallucinations to schizophrenia and multiple personalities, the human brain is responsible for a diverse spectrum of strange thoughts and behaviors. From the outside, these phenomena are written off as being just “crazy,” but what if they were actually planned and logical? NeuroLogic explores the brain’s internal system of reasoning, from its unconscious depths to conscious decision-making, and how it explains our most outlandish as well as our most stereotyped behaviors. Drawing on current research in neuroscience and fascinating neurological cases, Eliezer J. Sternberg explores questions such as: · What do the blind see when they dream? · Why do people believe in alien abductions? · Why do schizophrenics hear voices? From sleepwalking murderers, contagious yawning, and the brains of sports fans to false memories, subliminal messages, and the secret of ticklishness, you’ll find that there’s a pattern to the way the brain interprets the world—a pattern that fits the brain’s unique logic. Unraveling this pattern and the various ways it can be disturbed will alter not only our view of mental illness and supernatural experience but also shed light on the hidden parts of ourselves.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307908773
Branch Call Number: Health & Wellness 612.823 Ste
Alternative Title: Neuro logic


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Apr 25, 2016

The title initially put me off- seemed glitzy/cheesy/pop. I still think it's a bit weak but he was trying to encapsulate his theme: that the brain operates mostly beneath the [conscious] radar, and is very concerned with maintaining tidy order. No mysteries allowed in human brains!
To this end he exhaustively examines brain disorders that defeat or confuse this compulsion. And it's fascinating. This is a fine book- don't lump it in with so many pop neuropsych books because this is better.
The section on REM intrusion and NDE's is fascinating [i don't think it explains the whole NDE phenomenon but it's more plausible other objections scientists raise].
The bit on autists being disinterested in porn made me snort [neurologists shooting their mouths off while studiously ignoring what actual patients report!].
At the risk of self-incrimination let me, an autist, say that my libidio is healthy and responds to the normal stimuli!
The last section on multiple- personality disorder was the best i've ever read. Tho he doesn't mention the curious fact [or so i've read] that this disorder occurs only in america.
Definitely worth at least a browse.


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