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Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (Paperback)

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    If the conscious mind--the part you consider to be you--is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?

    In this sparkling and provocative book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to......more

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If the conscious mind--the part you consider to be you--is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?

In this sparkling and provocative book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate its surprising mysteries. Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? Is there a true Mel Gibson? How is your brain like a conflicted democracy engaged in civil war? What do Odysseus and the subprime mortgage meltdown have in common? Why are people whose names begin with J more like to marry other people whose names begin with J? And why is it so difficult to keep a secret?

Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action as well as the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. His scientific research has been published in journals from Science to Nature, and his neuroscience books include Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia, Why the Net Matters, and the forthcoming Live-Wired. He is also the author of the internationally best-selling book of fiction Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives.

Author:
Eagleman, David M.
Genre:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
290
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Publish Date:
05/15/2012
Copyright Year:
2011
ISBN:
9780307389923
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
5.5 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.64 lb
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