Thursday, May 16, 2019

Neurologic

There are tons of books on human irrationality. I've reviewed many of them on this site! But NeuroLogic: The Brain's Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior is different. The focus is not so much on the irrational behaviour itself, but rather on what's going on inside the brain during this irrational behaviour.

Each chapter is about a different kind of irrationality. Some of them were more interesting than others. But the chapter on schizophrenia absolutely blew me away. Some of the latest findings on what's going in the brain during schizophrenic episodes are remarkable.

The mechanism for figuring this stuff out is by using PET to scan a patient's brain while they are subject to questions/conversations. This allows neurologists to figure out which parts of the brain are running the show at different times, in order to figure out why we behave the way we do.

If this topic interests you, I highly recommend the book.

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