Summer 2018 Brainy Reading List

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Summer is finally here! In celebration, we’ve put together a list of seven brainy books, authored by members of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) or prominent neuroscientists, for you to grab on your way to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine:

The Consciousness Instinct: Unraveling the Mystery of How the Brain Makes the Mind by DABI member Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D., Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Consciousness Instinct is a fun and informative read about a topic that is often written about in ways that are either boring or incomprehensible. Gazzaniga was one of the first scientists in modern times to dare talk about consciousness. He’s been at it for five decades, and keeps coming up with new and interesting ideas. Your consciousness will be raised.
― DABI member Joseph E. LeDoux, Ph.D., New York University

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Rudolph Tanzi Authors New Book and Stars in PBS Special

Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives member and Harvard professor and neuroscientist Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., also unofficially referred to as a “rock star of science,” is a skilled jazz organist, impassioned advocate for neuroscience research and public outreach, and a distinguished neuroscientist who co-discovered the gene for Alzheimer’s disease.

Tanzi, who worked with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on a music track and a public service campaign highlighting the need for more funding for medical research, recently collaborated with Deepak Chopra, M.D., on a series of articles for the San Francisco Chronicle pondering the concept of a “conscious universe” as opposed to one that functions upon chance and randomness. Andrew Doerfler wrote in a Boston Globe article about Tanzi’s projects: “As strange as it seems for a renowned genetic researcher to end up playing on a new album with one of rock’s all time bands, Tanzi expects colleagues to react to his collaborations with Chopra with just as much surprise.” Indeed, Tanzi is eager to consider unconventional and holistic views of science.

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