Book pages

Books on the brain

Teachers, scientists and people at Wellcome recommend books about the brain they couldn’t live without

  • Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the misrepresentation of humanity, Raymond Tallis
  • ‘Blink: The power of thinking without thinking’, Malcolm Gladwell
  • ‘Connectome: How the brain’s wiring makes us who we are’, Sebastian Seung
  • ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’, Philip K Dick
  • ‘I Know What You’re Thinking: Brain imaging and mental privacy’, Sarah D Richmond, Geraint Rees and Sarah JL Edwards (eds)
  • ‘Mapping the Mind’, Rita Carter
  • ‘Mind Hacks: Tips and tools for using your brain’, Tom Stafford and Matt Webb
  • ‘My Stroke of Insight’, Dr Jill Bolte Taylor
  • ‘Neuromania: On the limits of brain science’, Paolo Legrenzi, Carlo Umilta and Frances Anderson
  • ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’, George Orwell
  • ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, Ken Kesey
  • ‘Portraits of the Mind’, Carl Schoonover
  • ‘The Rough Guide to the Brain’, Barry J Gibb
  • ‘The Essential Difference: Men, women and the extreme male brain’, Simon Baron-Cohen
  • ‘The Human Brain Colouring Book’, Marion C Diamond, Arnold B Scheibel and LM Elson
  • ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat’, Oliver Sacks
  • ‘The Master and His Emissary: The divided brain and the making of the Western world’, Iain McGilchrist
  • The Psychopath Test: A journey through the madness industryJon Ronson
  • ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’, Daniel Kahneman
  • To See But Not To See: A case study of visual agnosia, Glyn Humphreys and Jane Riddoch ‪‬‬‬
  • ‘In Search of Memory’, Eric Kandel
  • ‘The Compass of Pleasure’, David Linden
  • ‘We Are Our Brains’, Dick Swaab
  • ‘The Emotional Brain’, Joseph LeDoux
  • ‘Descartes’ Error’, Antonio Damasio

Lead image:

Book pages.

Thanakrit Gu/Flickr CC BY

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Inside the Brain’ in January 2013 and reviewed and updated in November 2017.

Neuroscience, Psychology
Inside the Brain
Education levels:
16–19, Continuing professional development