A Day in the Life of the Brain by Susan Greenfield review — know your own mind

Fuelled by billions of dollars of research funding from governments, charities and industry, the world’s neuroscientists are racing to unravel the workings of the brain. Although they are making good progress towards mapping and understanding its detailed anatomy, biochemistry and electrical circuitry, what pulls everything together to create our sense of consciousness remains an utter mystery. Susan Greenfield, an Oxford neuroscientist known for her work popularising science, is one of the few brain researchers making a serious effort to investigate the rich continuum of conscious thoughts and feelings that underlie every moment of our waking lives. Her new book sets some of the findings of her own and other labs into a framework constructed from 24 hours in the life of an imaginary office worker with a boring job and…


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