The Compass of Pleasure (2011) explains what seemingly different experiences, from taking heroin to giving to charity, from overeating to orgasm, have in common: their impact on our brain’s pleasure circuitry. These blinks reveal the way pleasurable experiences rewire our brains over time and explain the true nature of addiction.
David J. Linden is a professor of neuroscience at John Hopkins University and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neurophysiology. A popularizer of brain science, he is also the author of The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams and God.
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