- A Good Start in Life - $11
Book that enables parents to constructively shape their child's cognitive & social development.
- A Natural History of the Senses - $5
Diane Ackerman, 1990
Ackerman writes about the evolution of the kiss, the sadistic cuisine of the eighteenth-century England, the chemistry of pain and the melodies of the planet Earth with an evocativeness and charm that make the book itself a marvel of literate sensuality.
- An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain - $5
Diane Ackerman, 2004
Ackerman combines and artist’s eye with a scientist’s erudition to illuminate the magic and mysteries of the human brain. She also reports on the latest discoveries in neuroscience and addresses such controversial subjects as the effects of trauma, nature versus nurture, and male versus female brains.
- How We Decide - $12
Jonah Lehrer , 2009 (2012 Brain Awareness Speaker)
The first book to use the unexpected discoveries of neuroscience to help us make the best decisions.
Since Plato, philosophers have described the decision-making process as either rational or emotional: we carefully deliberate, or we blink and go with our gut. But as scientists break open the mind's black box with the latest tools of neuroscience, they re discovering that this is not how the mind works. Our best decisions are a finely tuned blend of both feeling and reason and the precise mix depends on the situation.
Lehrer shows how people are taking advantage of the new science to make better television shows, win more football games, and improve military intelligence. His goal is to answer two questions that are of interest to just about anyone, from CEOs to firefighters: How does the human mind make decisions? And how can we make those decisions better?
- In Search of Memory - $25
Eric Kandel, M.D.
A deft mixture of memoir and history, modern biology and behavior, In Search of Memory traces how a brilliant scientist's intellectual journey intersected with one of the great scientific endeavors of the twentieth century: the search for the biological basis of memory.
- Liars, Lovers & Heroes: New Discoveries About How We Become Who We Are - $25
Authors combine cutting-edge findings in neuroscience with examples from history and recent headlines to offer new insights into who we are. This book introduces the new science of cultural biology; born of advances in brain imaging, computer modeling, and genetics. Demystify the dynamic engagement between brain and world that makes us something far beyond the sum of our parts.
- Neuroethics: Mapping the Field - $7
Proceedings from 2002 conference with leading neuroscientists, bioethicists, philosophers, psychiatrists, psychologists, and professors of law & public policy. (Includes section by Dr. Gazzaniga.) Discussions consider impact of emerging scientific findings about the brain and impact on genetics, brain imaging, disease diagnosis and prediction. Discussion examines how doctors, judges, lawyers, insurance executives and policy makers as well as the public will deal with these findings.
- Neuroscience & the Law - $8
Recently, it has become strikingly apparent how science has transformed our lives in ways that are often unpredictable. The promise of neuroscience is so great that it seems wise to consider how best to advance such research in a manner consistent with broader social values. The DANA Foundation and American Association for the Advancement of Science brings together selected discussions on the Brain, Mind, and the Scales of Justice.
- New American Diet Cookbook - $15
Sonja Connor and William Connor, M.D.
Sonja Connor is a research associate professor at OHSU. William Connor, M.D., is a professor of medicine in clinical nutrition at OHSU. Their professional careers have focused on studying the effects of diet on heart disease.
- Proust Was a Neuroscientist - $20
Jonah Lehrer, 2008 (2012 Brain Awareness Speaker)
In this technology-driven age, it’s tempting to believe that science can solve every mystery. After all, science has cured countless diseases and even sent humans into space. But as Jonah Lehrer argues in this sparkling debut, science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first.
- The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius - $20
Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.
The author draws on her expertise as a scientist, physician and scholar of literature to give a clear, readable account of current knowledge in human creativity.
- The Dana Guide to Brain Health - $20
Three of the world's leading medical experts in neuroscience, neurology and psychiatry, together with more than one hundred of America's most distinguished scientists and medical professionals, provide an essential, easy-to-understand, and practical reference guide to the brain and how it works.
- The Emotional Brain - $12
Joseph LeDoux, PhD, 1998
This compelling firsthand look at the research Daniel Goleman relied on for his bestselling book "Emotional Intelligence" describes in vivid, accessible detail where our emotions come from, what purpose they serve, and how the brain systems underlying them evolved. 44 photos & illustrations.
- The End Of Stress As We Know It - $15
Bruce McEwen, PhD, Rockefeller University
Dr. McEwen leads us to a new appreciation of the mind–body connection so that we learn how to reduce stress and increase our overall sense of health and well-being.
- The Ethical Brain - $20
Dr. Gazzaniga, Cognitive Neuroscientist at Dartmouth College, tackles some of the toughest ethical issues of our time with vigor, intelligence and insight.
- The Memory Bible - $12
Forgetfulness is something we all experience. We forget our keys, our wallet, names - and it only gets worse as we get older.
According to Dr. Gary Small (2012 Brain Awareness Speaker), director of the UCLA Center on Aging, we can easily eliminate much of this forgetfulness with his innovative memory exercises and brain fitness program - now available for the first time in a book. Resources provided in the appendix.
- The World in Six Songs - $18
Daniel Levitin, 2008
Could music unlock the mystery of who we are and how we think?
- Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament - $12
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, 1996
Drawing from the lives of artists such as Van Gogh, Byron and Virginia Woolf, Jamison examines the links between manic-depression and creativity.
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- A Well-Tempered Mind
Peter Perret & Janet Fox
Illustrates the power of music to uplift and transform the lives of children
- An Unquiet Mind
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, 1997
The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.
- Exuberance: The Passion for Life
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, 2004
With the same grace and breadth of learning she brought to her studies of the mind’s pathologies, Kay Redfield Jamison examines one of its most exalted states: exuberance. This “abounding, ebullient, effervescent emotion” manifests itself everywhere from child’s play to scientific breakthrough and is crucially important to learning, risk-taking, social cohesiveness, and survival itself.
Exuberance: The Passion for Life introduces us to such notably irrepressible types as Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir, and Richard Feynman, as well as Peter Pan, dancing porcupines, and Charles Schulz’s Snoopy. It explores whether exuberance can be inherited, parses its neurochemical grammar, and documents the methods people have used to stimulate it. The resulting book is an irresistible fusion of science and soul.
- Keep Your Brain Young
Guy McKhann, MD, and Marilyn Albert, PhD
Based on state-of-the-art research and supplemented with dramatic case histories from the authors' patient files, "Keep your Brain Young" shows the latest techniques one can use to maintain memory, manage stress and cope with sleep disorders.
- Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, 1999
An internationally acknowledged authority on depressive illnesses, Dr. Jamison has also known suicide firsthand: after years of struggling with manic-depression, she tried at age twenty-eight to kill herself. Weaving together a historical and scientific exploration of the subject with personal essays on individual suicides, she brings not only her remarkable compassion and literary skill but also all of her knowledge and research to bear on this devastating problem. This is a book that helps us to understand the suicidal mind, to recognize and come to the aid of those at risk, and to comprehend the profound effects on those left behind. It is critical reading for parents, educators, and anyone wanting to understand this tragic epidemic.
- Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, 2009
In direct, straightforward, and at times strikingly lyrical prose, Jamison looks back at her relationship with her husband, Richard Wyatt, a renowned scientist who battled debilitating dyslexia to become one of the foremost experts on schizophrenia. And with her characteristic honesty, candor, wit, and simplicity, she describes his death, her own long, difficult struggle with grief, and her efforts to distinguish grief from depression. But she also recalls the great joy that Richard brought her during the nearly twenty years they had together. Wryly humorous anecdotes mingle with bittersweet memories of a relationship that was passionate and loving—if troubled on occasion by her manic-depressive (bipolar) illness—as Jamison reveals the ways in which her husband encouraged her to write openly about her mental illness and, through his courage and grace taught her to live fully.
- Synaptic Self
Joseph LeDoux, PhD, 2002
In 1996 Joseph LeDoux's The Emotional Brain presented a revelatory examination of the biological bases of our emotions and memories. Now, the world-renowned expert on the brain has produced with a groundbreaking work that tells a more profound story: how the little spaces between the neurons-the brain's synapses--are the channels through which we think, act, imagine, feel, and remember. Synapses encode the essence of personality, enabling each of us to function as a distinctive, integrated individual from moment to moment. Exploring the functioning of memory, the synaptic basis of mental illness and drug addiction, and the mechanism of self-awareness, Synaptic Self is a provocative and mind-expanding work that is destined to become a classic.
- This Is Your Brain on Music
Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, McGill University
The author unravels the mystery of our perennial love affair with music. Through this book, the author provides a comprehensive scientific understanding of how humans experience music and why it plays such a unique role in our lives.
- What Causes ADHD
Joel Nigg, PhD, 2006
Synthesizing a wealth of recent neuropsychological research, this groundbreaking book focuses on the multiple pathways by which attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) develops. Joel T. Nigg marshals the best available knowledge on what is actually going on in the symptomatic child's brain and why, tracing the intersecting causal influences of genetic, neural, and environmental factors. In the process, the book confronts such enduring controversies as the validity of ADHD as a clinical construct. Specific suggestions are provided for studies that might further refine the conceptualization of the disorder, with significant potential benefits for treatment and prevention.