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The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves

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A Nobel Prize–winning neuroscientist’s probing investigation of what brain disorders can tell us about human nature

Eric R. Kandel, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his foundational research into memory storage in the brain, is one of the pioneers of modern brain science. His work continues to shape our understanding of how learning and memory wor
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Sep 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Goodreads removed my post for mentioning that Kandel is an animal abuser- a fact that is available in the book and online. I included a link to his current publications in which he causes pain and terror in mammals conveniently left out of his bio. I mentioned that I was unaware of him being an animal exploiter and abuser when signing up for the giveaway. I didn't mention I worked in neuroscience myself before becoming disabled. Am I allowed to have an opinion about how this man subjects noncons ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Disordered Mind by Eric R. Kandel is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early August.

You get the impression that, throughout this book, disorder is abnormal or there’s a baseline that everyone operates on and that there’s a select amount of people that are 'defective' with schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, dementia, PTSD, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and autism. Amid these conceptions, Kandel goes into neurological and cognitive findings, treatments, and patient disclosures, after telling
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Received a review copy in exchange for my review. I wish I could leave a better one. The book is full of animal testing and psychiatric binaries of sick and well. It lacks an ethical framework in its treatment of humans and nonhuman animals necessary for the subject. There is some decent knowledge but not much that is new. I would not recommend this book to the layman or to someone with a background in psychology or neuroscience.
Ania Holubecki
Good book for an overview, especially for those not in the field! Appreciated how Kandel would redefine concepts and terms as they came up instead of forcing readers to remember them from before. Also liked how the chapters were organized by processes that make up our mind, paired with disorders that result from abnormalities in those processes.
Melise Gerber
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I read an ARC from NetGalley and Farrah, Straus And Giroux. Thanks!

I am always interested in reading about the intersection of brain physiology and psychology/behavior. This book was a great overview of some of the most recent discoveries that shed light on physiological findings within the brains of people who have a number of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia or Huntington’s, who suffer from depression or anxiety, or who experience life in non-neurotypical ways, includi
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this book on Goodreads. This book is fascinating, the topics include Alzheimer's, gender identity, Parkinson's, PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia, autism and several other disorders. It may not be of interest to all readers but those who may find it interesting are readers who are curious about medicine, psychology, and science. I am involved in those fields so the studies interest me a great deal. This book covers genes and chromosomes which show how some of the same genes (duplication or dele ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book does not pretend to be a comprehensive treatise on brain disorders. It is more like a multi-course tasting menu of interesting topics in cognitive neuroscience and should be savored as such.
Derek Davis
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Always like Kandel, from his textbooks to his personal revelations (the latter more so). As a rundown of the status of neuroscience today, this deserves a fifth star. He presents the material beautifully, so that even when technical terms (such as particular areas of the brain) are tossed in without full definition, the whole still carries you along with superb clarity.
My only reservation is his stance that certain mechanisms of the brain have been firmly established, when, from what I've read e
Oct 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I found this book very disappointing. There wasn't a lot that was new. The subtitle, "What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves," makes a promise that is unfulfilled. He never says what disorders like Alzheimer's, addiction, autism, schizophrenia, etc. tell us about normal brains (except that they don't have these disorders). He has little to say about consciousness, and how it relates to brain activity, except to say that it's a mystery. When he discusses addiction, he mixes science with norm ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good overview of current understanding of the brain and its disorders. Key points for me: emotion is not an obstacle but the key to healthy decisionmaking; nicotine is a gateway drug in how it primes brain for addiction (not marijuana!), and sexual differentiation of genitalia happens during early pregnancy while sexual differences of brain emerge in the later half, meaning that a disconnect could happen during that time.
Xavier Morales
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being an Industrial-Organizational Psychology student, I was familiar with the content Kandell presents here, but not entirely savvy of the intricacies of mental disorder. I was mostly interested in the decision making portions of the book. In general, I think this book is a good overview of the topics it covers.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best psychology books I have ever read. It goes into great detail about each disorder and how each disorder affects the person's life. It is a well-written book and it's not surprising when you learn the author wrote a Nobel peace prize. It really shows in his writing.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought this was a great update for someone who has not kept abreast of the research. Wondered why he did not mention the current neurobiological research on learned helplessness. Clearly relevant to depression. Wonder how selective he is being about the research he cites.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, science
A clinical review of recent research and scientific data. Very well researched and referenced. Perhaps not the most lay person friendly but it attempted to be widely assessable.

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for ARC in exchange for review.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Easy access to the latest discoveries in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and other diseases of the mind rising from badly folded proteins in the neurons.
P A Adamson
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read. Nice level of technical detail. Very interesting.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The last chapter on consciousness wasn't as riveting as the rest of the book, but I find brain science fascinating.
Gaby Chapman
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Current science on various dysfunctions of the human brain.
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Eric R. Kandel is an American neuropsychiatrist who was a recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. He shared the prize with Arvid Carlsson and Paul Greengard.

Kandel, who had studied psychoanalysis, wanted to understand how memory works. His mentor, Harry Grundfest, said, “If you want to understand the brai