The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves

by Eric R. Kandel

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**'[Kandel’s discoveries] have truly changed our understanding of brain function’ – Citation for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine**

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**'[Eric Kandel is] one of the preeminent neuroscientists in the world’ – Sue Halpern, *The New York Review of Books* **

Neurological and psychiatric disorders have long been regarded as fundamentally different, depending on whether they appear to affect the brain or the mind. In reality, the brain and the mind are inseparable. Both types of disorder can affect every aspect of brain function: from perception, action, memory and emotion to empathy, social interaction, attention and consciousness.

It is easy to view brain disorders as simply tragic or frightening. However, studying where these functions go wrong provides a window on the workings of the healthy brain, and makes it more likely that scientists and clinicians will be able to develop effective treatments or preventative strategies. As individuals, and as a society, we are also able to better empathise with people with disorders of the mind.

Building on his pioneering research, Eric R. Kandel illustrates how breakthrough studies of brain disruptions can deepen our understanding of thought, feeling, behaviour, memory and creativity, and perhaps in the future will transform medical care and lead to the development of a unified theory of mind.

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### Review

“Engaging . . . Kandel’s well-constructed narrative smoothly blends historical perspective and first-person accounts with explanations of recent experiments . . . Excellent.” ?Alan Jasanoff, *The New York Times Book Review*

“Kandel is an astute reader and a reflective observer . . . Neuroscience comes alive in Kandel’s study through the personal and imaginative ruminations of disordered minds . . . Kandel asks his reader to confront the anecdotal and inexplicable and think hard about what it means.” ?Stephen T. Casper, *Science*

“A lucidly written, accessible and fascinating read.” ?Eliezer J. Sternberg, *The Washington Post*

“Highly accessible . . . Kandel’s deep compassion for people is also evident, as when he discusses how understanding the biological basis for mental disorders might take them out of the realm of legal culpability. The result of his work is an easily comprehended, meticulous synthesis of current research into the biological grounding of the human mind.” ?*Publishers Weekly* (starred review)

“Kandel’s clear and straightforward writing makes this informative scientific exploration accessible and compelling.” ?*Library Journal*

“Fascinating stuff ably interpreted by a master.” ?*Kirkus Reviews*

“No doubt neurons will be buzzing as readers contemplate Kandel’s thought-provoking book.” ?Tony Miksanek, *Booklist*

Praise for Eric Kandel

“[Kandel’s discoveries] have truly changed our understanding of brain function.” ?Citation for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

“[Eric Kandel is] one of the preeminent neuroscientists in the world.” ?Sue Halpern, *The New York Review of Books*

### About the Author

**Eric R. Kandel **is a University Professor and Fred Kavli Professor at Columbia University and a Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his studies of learning and memory, he is the author of* In Search of Memory*, a memoir that won a *Los Angeles Times *Book Prize; *The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present*, which won the Bruno Kreisky Award in Literature, Austria’s highest literary award; and *Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures*, a book about the New York School of abstract art. He is also the coauthor of *Principles of Neural Science*, the standard textbook in the field.

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