Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer

By Jonah Lehrer

During this technology-driven age, it’s tempting to think that technological know-how can remedy each secret. in the end, technology has cured numerous illnesses or even despatched people into area. yet as Jonah Lehrer argues during this glowing debut, technology isn't the in simple terms route to wisdom. in truth, by way of knowing the mind, artwork acquired there first.
Taking a gaggle of artists — a painter, a poet, a chef, a composer, and a handful of novelists — Lehrer exhibits how each chanced on a vital fact concerning the brain that technological know-how is barely now rediscovering. We study, for instance, how Proust first printed the fallibility of reminiscence; how George Eliot chanced on the brain’s malleability; how the French chef Escoffier came across umami (the 5th taste); how Cézanne labored out the subtleties of imaginative and prescient; and the way Gertrude Stein uncovered the deep constitution of language — a whole half-century sooner than the paintings of Noam Chomsky and different linguists. It’s the last word story of artwork trumping science.

More widely, Lehrer exhibits that there is a fee to decreasing every thing to atoms and acronyms and genes. size isn't the related as figuring out, and artwork understands this greater than technological know-how does. An inventive mix of biography, feedback, and excellent technology writing, Proust was once a Neuroscientist urges technological know-how and paintings to hear extra heavily to one another, for keen minds can mix the easiest of either, to exceptional effect.

Uploader free up Notes:
Retail EPUB, contains bankruptcy markings

Show description

Read Online or Download Proust Was a Neuroscientist PDF

Similar neuroscience books

Man and Woman: An Inside Story

The saga of intercourse adjustments in mind and behaviour starts with a tiny sperm swimming towards an immense egg, to give a contribution its tiny Y chromosome plus its copies of the opposite chromosomes. Genetic, anatomic and physiologic changes within the male happen, making his mind and behaviour assorted in particular respects from his sister.

Mayo Clinic Medical Neurosciences

Incorporating a robust program to genuine medical difficulties, this variation of Mayo medical institution clinical Neurosciences offers some of the most modern and succinct educating ways to the present prestige of easy neuroscience wisdom. environment a brand new normal for excellence in introductory scientific neuroscience schooling, Benarroch, Daube, Flemming, and Westmoreland use targeted skillbuilding tools that facilitate studying via challenge fixing, whereas protecting scholars engaged and targeted NEW TO THE 5th variation: A extra targeted program TO scientific drugs reinforces neuroscience options and improves retention Skillfully rendered FULL-COLOR illustrations element the middle concentration of anatomy and structures through the textual content NEW UPDATES include fresh advances in neuroscience, together with neurochemistry and genetics A extra SUCCINCT layout offers today’s scientific scholars a brand new method of studying crucial parts of scientific neuroscience fast and succinctly

The Medical Basis of Psychiatry

Psychiatry has emerged as a burgeoning medical box with significant advances in etiology and remedy of a number of problems. simply as there has been pleasure within the anatomic advances that came about 100 years in the past whilst Emil Kraepelin and his collaborators took at the huge, immense job of type of psychiatric problems in accordance with rational medical pondering, new advances in genetics, biochemistry, neuroanatomy and pharmacotherapy of psychological issues have introduced us even towards a greater figuring out of advanced problems like schizophrenia, bipolar illness, melancholy or even autism.

In Situ Hybridization in Brain

The explosion of curiosity in particular molecules vital for mind functionality and disorder has drawn contributors from diversified backgrounds towards using in situ hybridization recommendations. research of the mind calls for the anatomic precision and biochemical specificity that this process can in all probability convey.

Additional info for Proust Was a Neuroscientist

Sample text

N. (2006). Selective enhancement of associative learning by microstimulation of the anterior caudate. Nature Neuroscience, 9, 4, 562–568. N. A. Single neurons in the monkey hippocampus and learning of new associations. Science, 300, 5625, 1578–1581. N. A. (2009). Comparison of associative learning-related signals in the macaque perirhinal cortex and hippocampus. Cerebral Cortex, 19, 5, 1064–1078. 18 THE DYNAMIC BRAIN APPENDIX A Details of the Recursive Filter In this section, we provide details of the derivation of equations (8)-(12).

Analysis of population activity demonstrates significantly larger trial-to-trial variability in the time from stimulus onset until activity changes significantly from baseline in the “jumping” mode compared to “ramping” mode. Averaging activity across multiple trials produces similar average behavior across both modes, however. Thus, only analysis based on multiple spike trains observed simultaneously in each trial can identify the general mode of network operation. Comparison of the outputs of the network in the two modes of operation indicates that in the presence of typical internal noise, the “jumping” mode responds more reliably to a small bias in its inputs than does the “ramping” mode (Miller and Katz, 2010).

Hidden Markov Modeling (HMM) HMM is a statistical method most commonly used in speech recognition software in engineering and for analysis of DNA sequences in biology. , 2007). HMM assumes the presence of two Markov processes, each of which, by definition, depends only on the current state of the system and is independent of the history of prior states. When applied to neural spike trains, one of the Markov processes is the emission of spikes by a neuron at any point in time. The Markov assumption for spike emission assumes that spike trains follow a Poisson process at a fixed mean rate, given a particular state of the system.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.04 of 5 – based on 26 votes