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In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind Paperback – Illustrated, 8 January 2010
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In Search of Memory relates the astonishing story of how four different and distinct disciplinesbehaviorist psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and molecular biologyconverged into a powerful new science of mind. Through its profound insights into thought, perception, action, recollection, and mental illness, this new science is revolutionizing our understanding of learning and memory while simultaneously showing great promise for more effective healing.
The narrative follows Eric R. Kandel through the last five decades, focusing on Vienna, where he became fascinated with memory. With intrepid scientific ardor, Kandel was captivated first by history and psychoanalysis, then by neurobiology, and finally by the biological processes of memory. His resulting, multifaceted perspective was the foundation for his path-breaking research that will continue to dominate modern thoughtnot only in science but in culture at large. 50 illustrations.
A scrupulously detailed yet magnificently panoramic autobiography.--Sherwin B. Nuland
An enchanting book.--Nancy C. Anderson
Few can interlace their autobiography with the evolution of a scientific paradigm. Even fewer can weave such a story seamlessly. Eric Kandel is one of these.--Yadin Dudai
[A] scintillating mix of memoir, history of science, and fundamental biology without peer. It shows compellingly what first-rate science is and how it is created.--E.O. Wilson, author of The Diversity of Life
Beyond autobiography, the book is also an accessible introduction to contemporary neuroscience, the study of how the brain produces thought and action. Included are brilliant vignettes on the history of neuroscience.
Written with talent and grace, this extraordinary book by one of the greatest scientists of the mind alive will be read with delight by general readers as well as by students and scholars.--Elie Wiesel, author of Night
About the Author
- Publisher : *Norton agency titles; 1st edition (8 January 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393329372
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393329377
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.3 x 21.08 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 103,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I think its attractiveness lies in the way it successfully merges approaches which are, by their nature, difficult to combine. For instance, the author combines a description of Freudian psychoanalysis with a 'hard-headed' view of deterministic science; he combines reminiscences of his childhood in Nazi Austria with his Nobel-winning knowledge of neuroscience.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to gain a sound understanding of the ideas and developments of neuroscience. This is delivered with a feeling of the excitement of being closely involved with the advances in the science and also a knowledge of the people who were involved.
The first is a romp through the history of art at the start of the 20th century; it has been done better by Gombrich.
The second is a primer on recent developments in the biology of the mind, of which the author is a celebrated pioneer.
The third seeks to show how that new understanding of the mind, based on biology, might - I say might - help to explain why we appreciate art. Worth reading, but not convincing. Perhaps those involved in the biology of the mind need the rest of the 21st century to get their act together.