The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better (2020)

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better Sandra Blakeslee Matthew Blakeslee The Body Has a Mind of Its Own How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do Almost Everything Better In this compelling cutting edge book two generations of science writers explore the exciting science of body maps in the brain and how startling new discoveries about the mind body connection can ch
  • Title: The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better
  • Author: Sandra Blakeslee Matthew Blakeslee
  • ISBN: 9781400064694
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Hardcover
The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better Sandra Blakeslee Matthew Blakeslee In this compelling, cutting edge book, two generations of science writers explore the exciting science of body maps in the brain and how startling new discoveries about the mind body connection can change and improve our lives Why do you still feel fat after losing weight What makes video games so addictive How can practicing your favorite sport in your imaginationIn this compelling, cutting edge book, two generations of science writers explore the exciting science of body maps in the brain and how startling new discoveries about the mind body connection can change and improve our lives Why do you still feel fat after losing weight What makes video games so addictive How can practicing your favorite sport in your imagination improve your game The answers can be found in body maps.Just as road maps represent interconnections across the landscape, your many body maps represent all aspects of your bodily self, inside and out In concert, they create your physical and emotional awareness and your sense of being a whole, feeling self in a larger social world.Moreover, your body maps are profoundly elastic Your self doesn t begin and end with your physical body but extends into the space around you This space morphs every time you put on or take off clothes, ride a bike, or wield a tool When you drive a car, your personal body space grows to envelop it When you play a video game, your body maps automatically track and emulate the actions of your character onscreen When you watch a scary movie, your body maps put dread in your stomach and send chills down your spine If your body maps fall out of sync, you may have an out of body experience or see auras around other people.The Body Has a Mind of Its Own explains how you can tap into the power of body maps to do almost anything better whether it is playing tennis, strumming a guitar, riding a horse, dancing a waltz, empathizing with a friend, raising children, or coping with stress The story of body maps goes even further, providing a fresh look at the causes of anorexia, bulimia, obsessive plastic surgery, and the notorious golfer s curse the yips It lends insights into culture, language, music, parenting, emotions, chronic pain, and Filled with illustrations, wonderful anecdotes, and even parlor tricks that you can use to reconfigure your body sense, The Body Has a Mind of Its Own will change the way you think about the way you think The Blakeslees have taken the latest and most exciting finds from brain research and have made them accessible This is how science writing should always be Michael S Gazzaniga, Ph.D author of The Ethical Brain Through a stream of fascinating and entertaining examples, Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee illustrate how our perception of ourselves, and indeed the world, is not fixed but is surprisingly fluid and easily modified They have created the best book ever written about how our sense of self emerges from the motley collection of neurons we call the brain Jeff Hawkins, co author of On Intelligence The Blakeslees have taken the latest and most exciting finds from brain research and have made them accessible This is how science writing should always be Michael S Gazzaniga, Ph.D author of The Ethical Brain A marvelous book In the last ten years there has been a paradigm shift in understanding the brain and how its various specialized regions respond to environmental challenges In addition to providing a brilliant overview of recent revolutionary discoveries on body image and brain plasticity, the book is sprinkled with numerous insights V S Ramachandran, M.D director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego
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  1. Julie

    FAAAASCINATING Honestly, I kept pestering Kent, Listen to this and then reading a paragraph or two It s about the science of how the brain and body connect We have body maps in our brain, that tell us exactly where our body parts are, and how they are doing This is why we can touch our nose with our eyes closed It doesn t sound interesting, until you read what this means, in practical applications And the stuff about how our homonulcus body maps go awry is just astonishing Body mapping accounts [...]

  2. Martha Love

    The Body Has a Mind of It s Own is a fascinating, easy read, particularly if you are interested in brain research Sandra and Matthew Blakeslee explain in detail body mapping, and how we obtain our body image and why it is difficult to change it I particularly found important and accessible their explanations of the feedback system of the lower and higher regions of the Cortex Interestingly, as many as 10 times fibers carry information processed by the higher area of the Cortex down to the lower [...]

  3. John Martindale

    Yet another science writer claiming the self and freewill are illusions Normally when I hear this kind of thing, it sounds rather self defeating Just how much truth value does information contain when it is coming from an author who is merely an illusory automaton If what she compulsively wrote accidentally happens to corresponds with reality, how unfortunate, for the illusion that is me has no choice but to think it is bunk.Fortunately, she, unlike others, did eventually define what she meant b [...]

  4. Marsha

    For some reason I found this book extremely fascinating I listened to the audio book twice, then I got the print version It explains how your brain perceives your own body, how that process is somewhat distorted, and how problems with body maps and body perception can affect our lives Despite how that might sound, it s not a psychological treatise about how we should all love our bodies and somehow find a better body image through self acceptance The book is scientifically oriented I really do t [...]

  5. Leticia

    I read several comments about this book before I bought it, and those were mainly in the context of dance and movement science.You could easily go two ways with a neuroscience book like this You could read it purely for the information and interest factor, which would be fine It would be a nice, joyous, easy read, and you d learn a whole lot of things that you would soon forget You would probably also not talk to many people about it because it s a weird sort of topic.Or, if you re like me, you [...]

  6. Katherine

    I bought this at a craniosacral therapy class I went to a few months ago I gave it five stars partly because the subject is fascinating to me because of being a PT, but I think anyone who wants to know how their brain works would find it really fascinating as well.My absolutely favorite chapter was ch 10, which was about the brain maps of the internal organs, which are found in a part of the brain called the insula It talks about how people with good interoception the ability to read and interpr [...]

  7. Leslie

    Fascinating stuff I have fibromyalgia, where the brain registers exaggerated pain that shouldn t be happening It turns into this agonizing, endless feedback loop between the brain and the areas of the body in pain Interrupting that loop is the key and so far, they haven t found a reliable, effective way to do that I m certainly no doctor, but for awhile I ve been thinking that this particular area of brain science may very well be the direction that may lead to some help with this maddening cond [...]

  8. Cera

    This was a good overview of what is currently known about the way that the brain understands and tracks the body through a variety of maps and how, when the body or the brain is damaged, odd things can result due to the disconnection between the maps reality I was particularly fascinated with some indications that anorexia is correlated with a body mapping problem that s detectable through a simple experiment, which makes me wonder if you could detect people who are at risk for developing anorex [...]

  9. Pauline

    This is my second read through of this book, which I discovered while studying material on neuroplasticity in people who ve had brain injury or deficiency and recovered most of their faculties through specific retraining of the brain by neuroscientists The focus of this book, however, is devoted to how the brain judges our body sense By that I mean, how does the mind suddenly go from just judging the motions of your body to including the motion and direction of tools as part of the self , such a [...]

  10. Rachel

    Great book for those who are interested in science but don t want to deal with all the jargon I usually only read fiction, so you know a book is good when non fiction can hold my attention This book is filled with fascinating case studies and facts about ways the body and mind are connected not only within oneself but even the peripheral space around us I can t say I will be a better runner or be able to almost anything better from reading this book, but I definitely understand it and I was ver [...]

  11. jenne

    i love reading books about the brain this is the first book that ive read that has been able to marry neurons to action and make sense of the purely chemical reactions that make us alive its missing a star because the authors missed a vital connection with the concept of bodymaps to spirituality and annoyingly chalked up belief to something less than nothing that aside, totally facinating and now im hyperaware of my personal space and senses than ever before for better or worse.

  12. Courtney

    Very interesting book Provides a nice perspective of the whole body, the interactions between mind and body, and some useful information about the organization of the human brain.

  13. Bernie Gourley

    This book examines the role of the nervous system in movement and bodily activity It describes how one s body is able to perform extraordinarily complex maneuvers that we often take for granted because they feel effortless It investigates some of the ways in which the interface between body and brain go awry, as well as the various effects this can have It also offers insight into how we can be deceived because we are experiencing the world less directly and through the shaping activities of th [...]

  14. Elliott Bignell

    The Blakeslees have produced a wonderful piece of popular science writing Fascinating, clearly written and up to date, it eschews the impenetrable specialist details of the neurologists trade without speaking down to the reader or oversimplifying I found it a dazzling follow up read to Damasio s Descartes Error , since whose publication so much new science has emerged.What that science has found is maps Lots and lots of maps They are referred to repeatedly as homunculi, but the book makes clear [...]

  15. Bob Nichols

    This is an unusual book It s largely boring but with many gold nuggets tucked inside Cognition, value and body are tied together Meaning, the authors say, is rooted in agency acting and choosing and agency depends on embodiment Feedback from bodily movements provide meaning that become maps within We talk about muscle memory but memory is lodged in the brain as motor maps Perception is active It is predictive and we fill in the gaps with what we have learned before People do have auras in the se [...]

  16. Grumpus

    This is based upon the audio download from audible.Narrated by Kate ReadingIt was an decent book and while I did find it interesting as I listened to it, there were only a couple of things that really stood out in terms of recall As the title says, it s about how your brain maps your body and brain flexibility What I recall most is a condition called the yips and that reflexology seems to provide a truly effective connection to the brain Yips is a movement disorder that is associated with sports [...]

  17. catherine

    in the afterwards, the authors apologize to the researchers for glossing over any details of their work for this presentation to a general audience i think they should have apologized to the reader for presenting such obviously diluted reporting it s an extremely interesting topic but so horrible presented in this book the authors should have assumed that their reader knew nothing of the subject, but were intelligent good science writing needs to explain the research, not reduce it, for the non [...]

  18. Cameron

    This book is better than I expected There is a lot of news about body maps so I thought it might just be a rehash of the mainstream knowledge And in fact, the first half is basically just that Our brain has physical locations of nerves on the outside of the Cortex that map directly to specific locations of the body, creating a sophisticated map called a Homunculus The author does a nice job of outlining the research that led up to these findings and how the brain functions with these maps She sp [...]

  19. Jason

    This was a very interesting book I learned about brain function that I was unaware of previously, mostly the Body Maps in the sub title The discussion of how the two body maps one for tracking the space we can reach and another for moving are different body parts in that space work and the, sometimes mystifying, cases of when they fail to work correctly is illuminating Under the heading of failures phenomena from the yipps to anorexia are covered Also, the ruminations on where does consciousness [...]

  20. Tom Bentley

    For people like me that are interested in the physiological and psychological underpinnings of the brain, this one is brainy Fascinating work with internal and external body mappings and you ll never think of your own homunculus in quite the same way Lots of explanations of the mechanisms of such oddities as phantom limb, body dysmorphic disorder and the power of the body brain s interest in homeostasis essentially, balance in bodily functions, and of course, there s a mind component as well You [...]

  21. Alex

    Not super impressed with this book This book has a lot of good information how the brain maps our body and how our body reacts to the map But chapter after chapter of research studies to emphasize the same point and to stretch this concept into other applications gets a bit boring after a bit This books couldn t hold my interest for long And then I will leave you with this book s climaxSpoiler alertain maps every inch of our body into brain maps

  22. Nick

    This is a breezy, popular account of a good deal of brain research The authors basic take is that we create maps of reality, our bodies, our experiences, and so on, and use those to navigate the often treacherous waters of everyday life Some of the brain research is quite old, and the authors push the idea of maps too far beyond what they really can explain but overall this is an excellent, quick way to get up to speed on the modern research.

  23. Heather

    I listened to this as an audiobook It started out a bit slow, and to be honest, it could probably have been a bit shorter But by the end of the book, I had learned some really interesting things about the interactions between our brain and body It described a lot of interesting disorders caused by flawed body maps in the brain, and interesting stuff on phantom limbs, biofeedback to manage pain, and using mental imagery to improve performance All in all, a worthwhile read.

  24. Cynthia

    A little sciency, and would have been easier to read if I was knowledgeable of the geography of the human brain Fascinating though, especially since I did not realize how integrated all the parts of the brain are, and how they interconnect to give feedback regarding our place in time and space I was interested to read about the plasticity of the brain and that neurons or connections do continue to grow and develop in response to new and challenging situations, even as we age.

  25. secondwomn

    as someone with no neuroscience vocabulary, i found the tone of this to be great informative, humorous, and not overwhelmingly technical since i have a deep interest in how emotional, mental, and physical systems are integrated, i found this fascinating and awesome all kinds of interesting trivia but doesn t neglect the how does it all fit together bigger questions touches on everything from sports to video games to dance to meditation to creativity highly recommended pop science.

  26. Ian Young

    Fantastic book I thoroughly enjoyed reading For anyone who has an interest in how the mind works, you will enjoy All the latest information on the inner workings of the brain are presented in an easy to understand way It introduced to me grid maps, place maps, mirror neurons and other brain functions and tied them to observable behaviours.

  27. Sarah

    Why couldn t this have been my final gen ed science credit, rather than the neuro class that I m taking So well explained, and for people like me who might be smart and interested, but certainly don t have science wired brains Definitely a fun read, especially when I recognized some of the illusions from television shows, like House Sweet

  28. Kasey

    I think the title is somewhat misleading, making it sound somehwat like a self help book, if it contains any of that it wans t in the first 2 3 of the book I have to be honest, I didn t finish it I am fascinated by neurophysiology and found the information interesting, but still a bit like reading a textbook citing many studies.

  29. Phillip

    I really did like this book It would fit comfortably on the shelf between a set of X Files DVDs and the work of Wayne Dyer Like with the work of Dyer, I am always interested in what the book has to say I believe a good deal of what it has to say But, there is a point to which I feel like my leg is being pulled.

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