The Disordered Mind
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.

The Disordered Mind Details

TitleThe Disordered Mind
Author
ReleaseAug 28th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN-139780374287863
Rating
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience

The Disordered Mind Review

  • Melise Gerber
    January 1, 1970
    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 of some of the most recent discoveries that shed light on physiological findings within the brains of people who have a number of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia or Huntington’s, who suffer from depression or anxiety, or who experience life in non-neurotypical ways, includi 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 of some of the most recent discoveries that shed light on physiological findings within the brains of people who have a number of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia or Huntington’s, who suffer from depression or anxiety, or who experience life in non-neurotypical ways, including people with autism or gender nonconformity. The author did a good job of clearly explaining these complex scientific issues for a lay reader and I, like the author find it very interesting how seemingly unrelated symptoms can be caused by similar physiological changes in the brain, such as the role that synaptic pruning plays in both schizophrenia and autism.The one element that seemed to be missing for me, however, was a stronger synthesis and suggestions about where these findings might lead in the future. There was a bit of this in the conclusion, but I would have liked to have read more. All in all, a good overview that helped me understand current discoveries in brain functioning.
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  • Corvus
    January 1, 1970
    I won this via goodreads giveaways. I did not realize when I entered that the writer is an animal abuser. I assume I am not going to be able to make it through this book as it will be filled with long dry explanations about how they caused unnecessary terror and pain in animals. And if it isn't, do I even want to try reading and reviewing a book by someone who proudly abuses animals? His author bio mentions studying snails but conveniently fails to mention all of the mammals he also causes suffe I won this via goodreads giveaways. I did not realize when I entered that the writer is an animal abuser. I assume I am not going to be able to make it through this book as it will be filled with long dry explanations about how they caused unnecessary terror and pain in animals. And if it isn't, do I even want to try reading and reviewing a book by someone who proudly abuses animals? His author bio mentions studying snails but conveniently fails to mention all of the mammals he also causes suffering in. Was that strategic on their part? Someone might ask how much a snail knows they are being studied, but I assure you that the mammals know what he does to them. A quick perusal of his published work shows that he does horrific things to animals (such as painful brain surgeries, genetically engineering them to have mental and cognitive problems such as schizophrenia-like symptoms and rapid memory decline, induced fear and pain studies, inducing PTSD symptoms, and other gems.) Articles as recent as 2018 include the suffering of nonhuman animals so this book does not represent a change of pace. I wish I could cancel my giveaway win. I have never wished that.I would love for someone to write a psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, etc book that doesn't involve severe violations of ethics at every turn. They seem very difficult to find. I remember it being pounded into our heads in school that every bit of care for or objection on behalf of animals that we had was wrong and unscientific. But, there's a difference between some students learning and a man who has built his entire career off on top of a pile of tortured bodies that never needed to suffer and die. He originally studied human psychoanalysis and changed to nonhuman animals, that says even more about him- he wanted to harm them even though he was settled in his field.I can't decide if I will even attempt to read this book as I have put down many books by far less cruel authors due to their frequent and callous treatment of nonhuman animal abuse in research. We shall see.
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    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 everyone operates on and that there’s a select amount of people that are 'defective' with schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, dementia, PTSD, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and autism. Amid these conceptions, Kandel goes into neurological and cognitive findings, treatments, and patient disclosures, after telling 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 everyone operates on and that there’s a select amount of people that are 'defective' with schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, dementia, PTSD, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and autism. Amid these conceptions, Kandel goes into neurological and cognitive findings, treatments, and patient disclosures, after telling of the origins/history of the aforementioned conditions.
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  • Authentikate
    January 1, 1970
    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 publisher for ARC in exchange for review.
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