In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind

In Search of Memory The Emergence of a New Science of Mind Nobel Prize winner Kandel intertwines cogntive psychology neuroscience and molecular biology with his own quest to understand memory

  • Title: In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind
  • Author: Eric R. Kandel
  • ISBN: 9780393058635
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nobel Prize winner Kandel intertwines cogntive psychology, neuroscience, and molecular biology with his own quest to understand memory.

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    Eric R. Kandel

    Eric R Kandel is an American neuropsychiatrist who was a recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons He shared the prize with Arvid Carlsson and Paul Greengard.Kandel, who had studied psychoanalysis, wanted to understand how memory works His mentor, Harry Grundfest, said, If you want to understand the brain you re going to have to take a reductionist approach, one cell at a time So he studied the neural system of a simple animal, Aplysia, a snail with very large nerve cells.Kandel is a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Senior Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute He was also the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, which is now the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia Kandel authored In Search of Memory The Emergence of a New Science of Mind WW Norton , which chronicles his life and research The book was awarded the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Science and Technology.

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    • Lewis Weinstein

      (Oct 14, 2019 - 06:19 AM)

      I'm taking a course at Oxford this summer on "The Brain and the Senses." So this is a little extra homework. The idea of memory, where thoughts come from, etc is fascinating to me. And, many years ago, before I was there, Kandel had his laboratory at the Public Health Research Institute, of which I was later CEO. I'll post more when I get into it.I HAVE NOW COMPLETED BOTH THE COURSE AND KANDEL'S BOOKTH WERE TERRIFIC!The course, offered by Oxford tutor Gillie McNeill, combined descriptions of sen [...]

    • I'm really enjoying this book so far, especially as I'm considering a career in neuroscience research. Kandel's memoirs are both personal and historical. Reading about Kandel's personal growth to eventually become one of the leading scientists of the field has given me much opportunity to reflect on my own career goals. Also learning about the historical development of neuroscience as a discipline has been an interesting to the field as well (and much lighter to read than Principles of Neuroscie [...]

    • This is one of the most eye-opening books I have ever read. It was not easy reading it as I constanly felt the urge to pay 100% attention in order not to miss anything and to try to understand and decode all the precious information that I had before my eyes. It was more of a study book from which I've learned about history, psychology, biology and genetics.Reading this book, I've learned that anxiety and depression are disorders of emotion whilst schizophrenia is a disorder of thought. I've lea [...]

    • Morgan Blackledge

      (Oct 14, 2019 - 06:19 AM)

      Warning: this book can be a little dull in the autobiographical sections (which you are free to skim), and a bit challenging in some of the technical parts (particularly if you are new to the nuts and bolts of cognitive neuroscience). But if you're a cognitive neuroscience dork (like me) and you love reading about the history of science (like me), and if you are reading this book on an e-reader, so you can pop back and forth between the text and web based resources e.g. etc. (like me), than thi [...]

    • A very readable science book for the layperson, explaining the basic neuroscience of memory. The author, a Nobel-prize-winning neuroscientist, weaves three threads together: a memoir about his own life, the history of thought and research on the workings of the brain, and an account of his own research into the biochemistry and physiology of memory formation. It's a tribute to the author's lucidity that I--whose 10th-grade biology class was 40 years ago now--was able to understand a lot of compl [...]

    • A remarkable book about memory, it may also work as an introduction to neuroscience, though, some background in neuroanatomy and related areas may be required.When I read the synopsis: ''Nobel Prize winner Kandel intertwines cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and molecular biology with his own quest to understand memory. '' I thought the book was going to be very technical and arduous, so I prepared myself for that. However, when I started reading it, I discovered that it was really easy-readab [...]

    • Ce livre est tout à fait époustouflant! Il s'agit d'une autobiographie du scientifique Eric Kandel. C'est à la fois un témoignage historique et scientifique ; les péripéties de sa vie et celles de ses recherches sur la mémoire. Au début, il se focalise sur son éducation: on retrouve la frénésie de la vie de la Vienne d'entre-deux-guerre (on peut croiser avec le témoignage de Stefan Zweig par exemple) et même de son idéalisation. Issu d'une famille juive autrichienne, il est profond [...]

    • 5/11/2014تعتمد حركة )الاحياء( في الخلايا العصبية للدماغ على ثلاثة ركائز اساسية The biology of nerve cell1. الخلية العصبية او ’ نيورون’ هو الوحدة الاساس في عملية حركة الاشارات في الدماغ“The Neuron doctrine” the nerve cell or neuron is the fundamental building block and elementary signaling unit of the brain”2. النظرية الايونية والتي تركز على [...]

    • This is an improbable book by an improbable man. Eric Kandel fled Vienna with his parents and brother when he was nine, just as the Nazis were moving in. The family settled in New York where Eric excelled in school and then went to Harvard to be intellectual historian, a psychoanalyst, a Nobel-prize winning brain scientist. Here, he weaves elements of his personal autobiography together with elements of his scientific biography. There are many ways to get at the science he presents, but this is [...]

    • Παρότι η πρόθεση της συγγραφής του βιβλίου είναι αυτοβιογραφική με σκοπό να εξηγήσει την πορεία προς το Νόμπελ (συνηθίζεται να ζητάνε από τους νομπελίστες να γράφουν τέτοια βιβλία) διαθέτει δύο σπάνιες αρετές:Η πρώτη είναι η συγκροτημένη αφήγηση της ιστορίας των νευροεπι [...]

    • One of the biggest questions plaguing behavioral biologists during the 20th century was the localization of the engram, or, a memory trace in the brain. Well, most of them who weren't dualists were looking in the brain. One of the most thorough studies of engram localization was performed by Karl Lashley, who spent a good chunk of his career doing cortical lesions on rodents and primates. he sums up his (mostly) negative results with this quote:"I sometimes feel, in reviewing the evidence on the [...]

    • A unique blend of memoir and science describing Kandel’s (Nobel prize winner for Physiology or Medicine in 2000) quest for memory both at the personal and scientific level. Kandel, a 9 year old Jew in Vienna in 1938, starts his book with his memories of Anschluss and Kristallnacht, describes the vividness of these memories and how years later they made him interested in why and how certain memories are remembered while others are lost. Throughout his career, he tackled brain and memory researc [...]

    • به خاطر ترجمه‌اش 4 از 5 میدم در غیر این صورت ریتش 5 هست.

    • نزدیک ۵۰۰ صفحه اطلاعات هیجان انگیز و انقلابی.

    • After reading this book I feel it is the only one I've read, apart from MAUS, that deserves five stars.

    • Konstantin Okonechnikov

      (Oct 14, 2019 - 06:19 AM)

      The book provides a perfect explanation how difficult it is to be a real scientist and how to combine so many factors in life and research. A perfect motivation. And also with strong bias in my topic of interest: everything about memory.

    • This book more-or-less successfully combined an autobiography and a research history into a holistic narrative of the life's work of the author. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about how brains enable animals to change their responses to environmental events.The title captures the main theme of the book as far as the research aspect is concerned: Kandel spent much of his life examining neurons and related biological structures to determine a measurable, experime [...]

    • Kandel begins and ends his memoir/neuroscience primer with bold declarations of faith, that consciousness itself, as well as (and of perhaps even greater import) the unconscious processes deduced by psychoanalytic investigations, can be accounted for entirely via molecular and cellular activities. The book is therefore a great education and challenge for those who are interested in the problems and possibilities of reductionism. Kandel's work, for which he won a Nobel prize, shows that the simpl [...]

    • This is a superb study of the science of mind as well as a superb study of Kandel as a human being. It traces his progress from a child escaping the Holocaust to his Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology, and beyond. Starting out in psychiatry, he switched to being a research scientist who followed his own intuitions, rather than professional advice, to slowly unfold the secrets of how memories are formed in the neural system, first in a sea snail, then in mice, finally in humans. Though the pr [...]

    • I'll be honest, I didn't finish it, and I likely won't any time soon. But, I wanted to say a few things about it in case anyone else was interested. Kandel does a fantastic job of explaining the neurobiology of learning and memory to the layman. He makes it understandable without dumbing it down. If you're interested in that, read this book. This guy is one of the greats. He has a noble prize and co-wrote Principles of Neural Science, the standard neuroscience book that every neuroscientist has. [...]

    • Kandel has created a narrative that fuses his own scientific development and interests with the broader historical and landmark developments in neuroscience. He gradually focuses in on his own expanding research to present his own findings on memory and learning along with other related work. I found the book incredibly clearly written and his explanation of tricky scientific ideas very approachable. The autobiographical sections can be a bit unexciting but his interests in art and psychoanalysi [...]

    • What can say? This book is a great book for anyone at all interested in Neuroscience. Fascinating discoveries on why some memories are stronger than others. This information has allowed me to realize that I can control how strongly I feel about things that happened in the past by simply not revisiting the memory. With time the strength of the memories will fade. worth reading.

    • I read this for a brain science and pedagogy. It was a wealth of information on the brain. Absolutely fascinating, yet had to reread some sections because it was hard for me to comprehend. The best part is how he intertwined his life story into his studies of the brain. Fascinating!

    • An absolutely brilliant book from a brilliant mind. Kandel's writing flows off the page and is so easy to follow, even as he delves into some pretty intricate physiology, but always with some personal stories. Humorous and human, this is how science should be written. Am loving it so far.

    • Years ago I added this book to my little "to read" list with expectations of this book being helpful on how to improve memory. Well, I was way off the mark with this.After having read the book, I'd guess the target audience is a neuroscientist or person aspiring to become one in the future. Luckily, I am a curious physicist and getting a book about an of science in which I'm clueless, is an attractive adventure. At points, the technical chapters do get over the top. I will likely forget all the [...]

    • Varun Padmanaban

      (Oct 14, 2019 - 06:19 AM)

      Kandel in his autobiography gives not only an elegant and thoughtful account of his Nobel-prize winning research career but beautifully explains memory and all of the researchers who have pushed that frontier alongside Kandel. He begins with the cultural anti-semitism (along with ‘radical’) that is prevalent in Vienna before he is forced to emigrate to the United States to escape. This anti-semitism is a source of angst for Kandel as he laments over the death of an intellectual haven that wa [...]

    • This was an excellent read for me on several levels. I picked it up to learn to more about the science behind the formation of short and long term memories and was not disappointed. Dr. Kandel undertakes the task of explaining the scientific research in neurology and the mind to which he’s devoted his life. He succeeds admirably at making his descriptions simple enough for a general reader for whom high school or college biology may be a distant memory. What I hadn’t expected to find were th [...]

    • The natural sciences, abetted by technologies they themselves have made possible, have become increasingly difficult for lay people to understand. There are even a few twentieth century idioms that express this gulf: when we want to say something isn't particularly hard, we can say "well, it's not rocket science" or "well, it's not brain surgery." If we're going to ascend the heights of domains like astrophysics or neuroscience, then, those of us not fortunate enough to have studied the fields n [...]

    • Kandel received a Nobel Prize for his research on the brain. His book is in part an intellectual autobiography beginning with his life in Vienna and subsequent emigration to the US after the Nazi Anschluss; but mostly he describes his researches on the learning and memory processes of snails, mice, and other creatures. Impressive in its detail of not only his experiments, but those of many other scientists when they overlapped his. His writing is engaging in spite of the detail of the nervous sy [...]

    • Kandel turns his autobiography into a fascinating read by vividly sketching various events that have guided his research career & his personal life (starting by describing his childhood as a Jew in pre-war Vienna). In addition, his book incorporates a well-written, informative overview of modern neurobiology - spanning topics from reflexes to psychiatry. Even though the material gets a little technical sometimes, I enjoyed it nonetheless, largely because Kandel describes not only the discove [...]

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