Memory

Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease

In Brain Storms, award-winning journalist Jon Palfreman covers the scientific story of Parkinson’s disease—from the discovery of the disease to the latest in scientific research—in compelling detail. But the book is more than that: it’s also a passionate and insightful memoir from the perspective of Palfreman, who has Parkinson’s himself.

Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease

This book is conversational in tone but the stories it touches on go from hilarious to heartbreaking in a matter of moments. Ropper, a Harvard professor and clinician who counts Michael J. Fox among his patients, brings some of his most fascinating neurological patients to life. Written very much in the tradition of the Oliver Sacks oeuvre, Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole manages to be fun and informative at the same time.

The Wandering Mind: What the Brain Does When You’re Not Looking

While you’ve been reading this newsletter, your mind has probably wandered off at some point – which is totally normal. We may feel frustrated by our lack of focus, but author Michael C. Corballis is here with a positive spin on the wandering mind, and shares all of the reasons that letting our brains go here, there, and everywhere is essential to our imagination, our shared humanity, and our sense of self.

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

Norman Doidge's excellent book--a common denizen of the New York Times bestseller list--illustrates the power of brain plasticity with real-life stories of people facing various neurological and psychological challenges. Doidge's engaging writing style and colorful, in-depthinterviews make this informative book a page-turner. Don't miss this one!