Summer 2017 Brainy Reading List

Summer is finally here! We have eight brainy book suggestions, all written by members of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) or prominent neuroscientists, to take to the pool, beach, or wherever you enjoy a little bit of sun:

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Why Lie? Why Not?

Three NPR science reporters stepped out of the radio studio and onto the stage at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, Thursday for an evening of story-telling about the lies, big and small, we tell ourselves and others.

In "A Fishtale: The Lies that Bind Us," Jon Hamilton, Alix Spiegel, and Shankar Vedantam used the story of two Milwaukee boys who, in 1982, came home from fishing carrying two giant salmon—and a very fishy story about how they got them. Hamilton dissected what we know about the brain's ability to lie, while Spiegel focused on the person-to-person aspects and Vedantam on how lying works at the level of larger groups and society. In addition, we got to hear from the family members and a half-dozen researchers via audio and video clips.

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