padThe Private Life of the Brain  Emotions, Consciousness, and   the Secret of the Self

by Susan Greenfield

The current director of Britain's Royal Institution and a neuroscientist, Greenfield offers her ideas about consciousness. In her view, emotions triggered by life experiences define the self, and the brain and body work together to form consciousness. Our most irrational acts, she contends, stem from unbridled emotions that erode a person's true self. In advancing her thesis, Greenfield considers how recreational drug users alter their brain chemistry to derive pleasure and, conversely, how people lacking pleasure and other emotions can decline physically and mentally.

Wiley, 2000, 258 p., hardcover

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