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Brain Bugs


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Dean Buonomano is a professor in the Departments of Neurobiology and Psychology and the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


Neurobiology professor Buonomano examines the functioning-and rather frequent malfunctioning-of the human brain, outlining the surprising ways the mind's nodes, neurons, and synapses allow human beings to process, sort, remember, forget, and even ignore information. Intriguingly, narrator William Hughes is also a professor (of political science at Southern Oregon University) and brings some of that classroom experience to his compelling reading, verbally underscoring key phrases and definitions, pausing meaningfully between sections, and pacing himself like a college lecturer. The audiobook also includes a bonus disc of illustrations and extras. A Norton hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

"[An] intriguing take on behavioral economics, marketing and human foibles." -- Kirkus Reviews
"An ingenious idea, and Buonomano has fully delivered on its promise. . . . A remarkably accessible and engaging introduction to the neuroscience of the human condition." -- Sam Harris, author of The Moral Landscape
"A great book, filled with nuggets about how the brain works-and falters-and even some suggestions on how to put it to better use." -- Joseph LeDoux, author of The Emotional Brain

UCLA neurobiology and psychology professor Buonomano presents an interesting study of how and why our brains sometimes fail when we try to remember long lists of information, add large numbers, or make long-term decisions. While the intelligence of humans continues to evolve, our brains remain far from perfect, exemplified by unreliable memory manipulated by advertising, distrust of people different from us, and belief in superstitions and the supernatural. In explaining these "bugs," the author delves deep into the fascinating realm of the brain's innermost workings, using the identifiable metaphor of computer hardware and software. The focus on lay language helps to connect listeners with the author's research, which suggests that human successes, failures, joys, and sufferings are the product of protein interactions and electrical changes taking place inside the brain. Buonomano's heavily researched, highly specialized work is well read by Southern Oregon University political science professor William Hughes. While this title is best suited to students and faculty in clinical neuroscience fields, Buonomano still manages to make highly sophisticated brain research understandable to lay audiences interested in human behavior. [Includes a PDF of diagrams and illustrations from the text.-Ed.]-Dale Farris, Groves, TX (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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