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The Compass of Pleasure

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

By David J. Linden
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The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning and Gambling Feel So Good by David J. Linden

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.

  • Anyone curious about the influence of neurology on our daily lives
  • Those interested in the mechanisms of addiction and how to undo them
  • People seeking healthier sources of pleasure

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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