'A fascinating exploration of the most intriguing brain experiments so far this century... Her hesitant participation in experiments... along with brutally honest descriptions of the experts add a welcome dose of humour' – New Scientist
An incredible adventure to the frontiers of neuroscience, interlacing fascinating accounts of the latest findings with witty irreverent interviews with leading researchers in their laboratories.
From religious experience, moral sense and personal choice to subliminal advertising, lie-detection and self-control, the brain has become the focal point for all questions about human nature. Modern neuroscience is now going to the heart of what it means to be human, and beginning to have important social and political repercussions, forcing us to think afresh about who we really are, why we behave as we do and where we are going.
Mindfield is the first book to document this coming age of ‘neurocentrism’. In it the award-winning science writer Lone Frank surveys how brain researchers are dissecting everything that makes us human and anchoring all sorts of phenomena we have previously considered incorporeal in soggy biology. She explores the influences these neuroscientific findings are having on society, reveals how this in turn is changing the structure and function of our brains, and speculates on what this cognitive revolution means for us all.