Incognito : The Secret Lives of the Brain

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In this sparkling and provocative new book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries: Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? Why do you notice when your name is mentioned in a conversation that you didn\'t think you were listening to? Why are people whose name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? And how is it possible to get angry at yourself: who, exactly, is mad at whom? Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synaesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence and visual illusions, \"Incognito\" is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 152 x 234 x 24mm | 340.19g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export & Airside ed
  • 1847679390
  • 9781847679390
  • 84,869

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"'You will not read a more dazzling book this year' Stephen Fry on SUM"

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About David Eagleman

As an undergraduate David Eagleman majored in British and American Literature at Rice University before earning his PhD in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. He currently runs a neuroscience research lab where he studies time perception, synesthesia, and how neuroscience will influence the legal system. At night he writes fiction.

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