Baron-Cohen, Simon. The Essential Difference: The Truth About the Male and Female Brain. Perseus Books Group, Philadelphia, 2003. Thoughtful and provocative, this book explores how male and female differences may influence social behavior.
Bloom, Floyd E. and Arlyne Lazerson. Brain, Mind, and Behavior. W.H. Freeman & Company, New York, 2000. A readable, comprehensive book about the brain written to accompany a PBS television series.
Bransford et al, eds. How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 2000. When do infants begin to learn? How can teachers and schools help children learn most effectively? New research about the mind, the brain, and the processes of learning offers exciting answers to these and other questions.
Carter, Rita. Mapping the Mind. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2000. This highly-regarded guide to the geography of the mind draws on research from many leading thinkers in the field of neuroscience.
Demasio Antonio. Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain. Avon Books, 1994. Descartes believed that our mind and body were separate. Demasio, drawing from research, instead shows their fundamental integration.
Grandin, Temple. Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports From My Life With Autism. Vintage Books, New York, 1996. An animal scientist who is also autistic, Grandin describes how she experiences and understands the world, and how she builds bridges to other humans and to animals.
LeDoux Joseph. The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life. Simon&Schuster, New York, 1998. In this highly readable book, Joseph LeDoux traces the history of thinking about the emotions.
Ponton, Lynn. The Romance of Risk: Why Teenagers Do the Things They Do. Basic Books, New York, 1998. A fascinating book that takes readers into the minds of 15 troubled adolescents to provide a compelling look at today’s teenage experience.
Posner, Michael I. and Marcus E. Raichle. Images of Mind. Scientific American Library, New York, 1997. Positron emission tomography (PET) and other brain imaging techniques are radically transforming scientists' ability to see the brain at work and measure the changes that occur.
Ratey, John J., M.D. A User’s Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain. Vintage, New York, 2001. By giving us a greater understanding of how the brain responds to the guidance of its user, John Ratey provides us with knowledge that can enable us to improve our lives.
Redfield Jamison, Kay. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness. Knopf, New York, 1997. The author examines manic-depression from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed. She has emerged with a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom.
Restak, Richard, M.D. The Secret Life of the Brain. National Academies Press, Washington, DC, 2001. Companion to the PBS television series, this book reveals the intricate magic of the human brain. The brain is explored from infancy to old age.
Sacks, Oliver, An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales. Knopf, New York, 1995. What does it mean to be normal? In a series of profiles, Sacks illustrates the richness of “different-brained” people.
Searle, John R. The Rediscovery of the Mind. MIT Press, Boston, 1992. A spirited book about the philosophy of the mind.
Society for Neuroscience. Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System. Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC, 2005. (Download a free copy at http://web.sfn.org/content/Publications/BrainFacts/index.html ) A primer on the brain and nervous system, published by the Society for Neuroscience. In addition to serving as a starting point for a lay audience interested in neuroscience, the book is used at the annual Brain Bee, which is held in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week.
Strauch, Barbara. Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries About the Teenage Brain Tell Us About Our Kids. Doubleday, New York, 2003. For years scientists believed human brain development was over by the first three years of life. Now they are starting to look beyond hormones to explain teenage behavior and they’re finding clues in an unexpected place: the teenage brain.
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