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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

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About this resource

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

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