Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience
With extensive video footage of his trailblazing cognitive experiments, Michael Gazzanigathe father of cognitive neuroscienceilluminates the discoveries behind his groundbreaking work in this enhanced digital edition of Tales from Both Sides of the Brain.
Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the most important neuroscientists of the twentieth century, gives us an exciting...more
I didn't one-star it because there were moments of high interest but overall, it was very very dry. And it's not a lack of intelligence or interest on my part; it's more of a "what's the purpose of this book?" kind of thing. If the only ones to enjoy/understand it are the ones who lived it, why write it?
This book isn't the first time I've heard about how these discoveries couldn't ...more
This book is snobbish, elitist, and constantly name dropping and describing the perks of being and coming from a ...more
People with a split brain (where the corpus callosum - the "bridge" between the two lobes of the brain - is cut) can "cue" one side or the other to accomplish a task. For instance, a command to make a hitchhiker hand sign, made first by the right hand (controlled by the left, or verbal, side of the brain) can be copied afterwards by the left hand. The left side (which has heard the command) does it correctly and the right side, which is visual and not verbal, sees it and ...more
For instance, in 2016, I am accustomed to all notable academics and intellectuals being, in the main, progressives. For me, the term "Conservative" means "I distrust global warming, evolution and I hate gays." ...more
But this book is a compilation of his life in science and the excitement of his discoveries and his work and how it intertwined with his life - going back and forth between New England and Dartmouth and CA and the University system. Amazing the people and scientists that were working together at the time doing amazing things and finding out more and more how the brain works - and doesn't. His ...more
His early research examined the subject of epileptics who had undergone ...more