Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain―And How They Guide You

English | 2021 | ISBN: 1328949966 | 317 pages | True PDF | 22.04 MB

“A profoundly illuminating account of how the brain works … Rebecca Schwarzlose is a neuroscientist with a novelist’s literary flair.”-Cass R. Sunstein, author of Too Much Information

A path-breaking journey into the brain, showing how perception, thought, and action are products of maps etched into your gray matter-and how technology can use them to read your mind.

Your brain is a collection of maps: detailed representations, scrawled across your brain’s surfaces, of the sights, sounds, and actions that hold the key to your survival. Although scientists began discovering these maps over a century ago, we are only now beginning to unlock their secrets-and comprehend their profound impact on our lives. Brain maps distort and shape our experience of the world, support complex thought, and make technology-enabled mind reading a modern-day reality. They shine a light on our past and our possible futures. In the process, they invite us to view ourselves from a startling new perspective.

In Brainscapes, Rebecca Schwarzlose combines unforgettable real-life stories, cutting-edge research, and vivid illustrations to reveal brain maps’ surprising lessons about our place in the world-and about the world’s place within us.