The Brain's Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior

Book - 2015
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A groundbreaking investigation of the brain's hidden logic behind our strangest behaviors, and of how conscious and unconscious systems interact in order to create our experience and preserve our sense of self.

From bizarre dreams and hallucinations to schizophrenia and multiple personalities, the human brain is responsible for a diverse spectrum of strange thoughts and behaviors. When observed from the outside, these phenomena are often 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 illuminates how it explains our most outlandish as well as our most stereotyped behaviors. From sleepwalking murderers, contagious yawning, and the brains of sports fans to false memories, subliminal messages, and the secret of ticklishness, Dr. Eliezer Sternberg shows that there are patterns to the way the brain interprets the world---patterns that fit the brain's unique logic. Unraveling these patterns and the various ways they can be disturbed will not only alter our view of mental illness and supernatural experience, but will also shed light on the hidden parts of ourselves.

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780307908773
Characteristics: xvi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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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