Maybe it’s from years of school-encouraged summer reading lists, but this season always ignites a desire in me to read more books and to ask friends for recommendations. And it just so happens that August celebrates National Book Lovers Day–today! For fellow book lovers, and particularly those who want to learn more about the brain, I can point to some Dana Foundation resources that offer suggestions.
Cerebrum, our monthly online journal of timely ideas in neuroscience, has an accompanying podcast and a yearly printed anthology, but did you know it also publishes quarterly book reviews? Recently reviewed books include Howard I. Kushner’s On the Other Hand: Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History, Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer’s Beyond the Self: Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience, and Alan Alda’s If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating. All reviews are written by neuroscientists with an understanding of the chosen topic.
Just this past June, we posted a blog on new books written by some of the neuroscientists who make up the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Topics include consciousness, the teenage brain, the search for the pain gene, wellness, and behavior.
And though it’s from 2010, it’s worth mentioning an article where we highlighted brain books in ten categories, all based on votes from our readers and Dana Alliance members. Some are more narrative in nature, while others offer more technical science, but hopefully there’s something for everyone!
Now that we’ve weighed in on some suggestions, please let us know your favorite brain books in the comments section below!
-Ann L. Whitman