Compass of Pleasure How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good

ISBN-10: 0670022586

ISBN-13: 9780670022588

Edition: 2011

Authors: David J. Linden
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Description: A leading brain scientist's look at the neurobiology of pleasure-and how pleasures can become addictions. Whether eating, taking drugs, engaging in sex, or doing good deeds, the pursuit of pleasure is a central drive of the human animal. In The Compass of PleasureJohns Hopkins neuroscientist David J. Linden explains how pleasure affects us at the most fundamental level: in our brain. As he did in his award-winning book, The Accidental Mind, Linden combines cutting-edge science with entertaining anecdotes to illuminate the source of the behaviors that can lead us to ecstasy but that can easily become compulsive. Why are drugs like nicotine and heroin addictive while LSD is not? Why has the search for safe appetite suppressants been such a disappointment? The Compass of Pleasureconcludes with a provocative consideration of pleasure in the future, when it may be possible to activate our pleasure circuits at will and in entirely novel patterns.

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/14/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Prologue
Mashing the Pleasure Button
Stoned Again
Feed Me
Your Sexy Brain
Gambling and Other Modern Compulsions
Virtuous Pleasures (and a Little Pain)
The Future of Pleasure
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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