In Anil Ananthaswamy's new book, he delves into the latest neuroscience research about major brain diseases like schizophrenia and autism, as well as some not-so-mainstream issues like out-of-body experiences and odd and rare mental disorders. With his leaning towards personal storytelling and case studies, Ananthaswamy is clearly influenced by the oeuvre of Oliver Sacks, but adds his own voice and style to the field.
Oliver Sacks has long delighted us with his books about the brain’s quixotic variations. In this, his final book, published just a few months before his death, he finally invites us into his own life and his own brain with an autobiography filled with irreverence, discovery, loss, and joy. It is the perfect capstone to a long and lively literary career, and a wonderful remembrance and celebration of a great man and a great scientist.
Why do we do things in the moment that we regret later? Why are we unable to plan for our futures in favor of doing things that only make us happy for a few moments? And why do we think we’re right in the face of overwhelming evidence we’re wrong? David Di Salvo explores this topic in his new book to shed light on the brain’s paradoxical nature. He incorporates interviews with neuroscientists and anecdotes from a variety of fields to illustrate his points. While the book is scientifically based, it still manages to be an engaging and entertaining read!
We’ve all felt cravings, and when they’re strong enough, it seems like we’ll do almost anything to satisfy them. In Craving, Dr. Omar Manejwala looks at the neurobiology behind these irrepressible desires, to seek an understanding of how and why our brains make us crave things, and how we can change our brains to take control of the things we crave.