Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience

Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience

by Michael S. Gazzaniga


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Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the most important neuroscientists of the twentieth century, gives us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at his seminal work on that unlikely couple, the right and left brain. Foreword by Steven Pinker.

In the mid-twentieth century, Michael S. Gazzaniga, “the father of cognitive neuroscience,” was part of a team of pioneering neuroscientists who developed the now foundational split-brain brain theory: the notion that the right and left hemispheres of the brain can act independently from one another and have different strengths.

In Tales from Both Sides of the Brain, Gazzaniga tells the impassioned story of his life in science and his decades-long journey to understand how the separate spheres of our brains communicate and miscommunicate with their separate agendas. By turns humorous and moving, Tales from Both Sides of the Brain interweaves Gazzaniga’s scientific achievements with his reflections on the challenges and thrills of working as a scientist. In his engaging and accessible style, he paints a vivid portrait not only of his discovery of split-brain theory, but also of his comrades in arms—the many patients, friends, and family who have accompanied him on this wild ride of intellectual discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062228857
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 445,252
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Michael S. Gazzaniga is internationally recognized in the field of neuroscience and a pioneer in cognitive research. He is the director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of many popular science books, including Who’s in Charge? (Ecco, 2011). He has six children and lives in California with his wife.

Table of Contents

Foreword from Steven Pinker xi

Preface xv

Part 1 Discovering the Brain

Chapter 1 Diving Into Science 3

Chapter 2 Discovering a Mind Divided 35

Chapter 3 Searching for the Brain's Morse Code 77

Part 2 Hemispheres Together and Apart

Chapter 4 Unmasking More Modules 113

Chapter 5 Brain Imaging Confirms Split-Brain Surgeries 157

Chapter 6 Still Split 203

Part 3 Evolution and Integration

Chapter 7 The Right Brain has Something to Say 251

Chapter 8 Stately Living and a Call to Service 287

Part 4 Brain Layers

Chapter 9 Layers and Dynamics: Seeking New Perspectives 331

Epilogue 359

Acknowledgments 363

Appendix I 365

Appendix II 373

Notes 385

Figure Credits 399

Video Figures 399

Index 403

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