Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

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By (author) David Eagleman

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 290 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 24mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 7 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1847679390
  • ISBN 13: 9781847679390
  • Edition statement: Export & Airside ed
  • Sales rank: 74,137

Product description

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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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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