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A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age

How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters

Scientific Habits of Mind

Gordon M. Shepherd

David J. Helfand

Choice Outstanding Academic Title “Neurogastronomy is a personal yet magisterial account of the new brain-based approach to flavor perception. Gordon M. Shepherd’s panoramic view of science, culture, and behavior is that of a true pioneer of the chemical senses.”-Avery Gilbert, Author of What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life $18.95 / £14.95 paper 978-0-231-15911-1 2013 288 pages

“A must–read for anyone presuming to call themselves a scientist and a should–read for anyone just trying to make sense of the overwhelming volume of data and real and concocted ‘proofs’ of nearly everything that spews forth from the Internet on demand. This book provides a road map for teaching students how to both celebrate science and how to view their primary source of information with skepticism and caution.”—NSTA Recommends



Noteworthy Titles 2018

$22.95 / £18.95 paper 978-0-231-16872-4 2017 344 pages

Understanding Brain Aging and Dementia

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Waking, Dreaming, Being Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy

A Life Course Approach Lawrence J. Whalley “Whalley has a truly enormous breadth of knowledge—no other book for a general audience interweaves such a broad range of topics around the common theme of brain aging. “— David A. Bennett, director,

Evan Thompson Foreword by Stephen Batchelor

Choice Outstanding Academic Title

$50.00 / £41.95 paper 978-0-231-16383-5 2015 440 pages

“On the Origin of Species” as a Work in Progress

philip lieberman

“A landmark and a tipping point in consciousness investigations.”-Journal of Mind and Behavior

Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Arguing the life course approach is the best and simplest model for tracking mental development, Lawrence J. Whalley unlocks the mysteries of brain functionality, illuminating the processes that affect the brain during aging, the causes behind these changes, and effective coping strategies.

T h e T h eo ry T h aT C h a n g e d e v e ry T h i n g

“In a game-changing book that is both an intellectual tour de force and the courageous statement of a life’s ideal, Thompson brilliantly demonstrates how Indian philosophical thought can join forces with the neurosciences to create a new science of the conscious mind.” - Jonardon Ganeri, University of London $22.95 / £18.95 paper 978-0-231-13695-2 2017  496 pages

Neither Ghost nor Machine

Neurology in Practice

The Emergence and Nature of Selves Jeremy Sherman

$30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-17333-9

E a r ly H u m a n s a n d t H E

Y. L. Yu, J. K. Y. Fong, S. L. Ho, R. T. F. Cheung, and K. H. Chan

Foreword by Terrence Deacon

“In Neither Ghost nor Machine, Jeremy Sherman takes on a central mystery: How did the universe get from matter to mattering? Whence purpose? Whence selves? These are topics too easily ignored in our rush to find the molecular stuff of life and not the organizational ‘what is’ of life. With this fine book, and that of Deacon, we are well launched.” —Stuart Kauffman, MacArthur Fellow, author of At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity

E vo lv i n g B r a i n s E m E r g i n g g o ds

Fifth edition

Since it was first published in 1994, Neurology in Practice has been widely used as a textbook by students, trainees, physicians, and allied health professionals. While there have been transformative advances in neuroscience in the past two decades, clinical practice remains central. In this fifth edition, the authors highlight proper clinical methodology and application of evidence-based knowledge for effective management. All chapters have been thoroughly updated and two new chapters, “Disorders of Cerebrospinal Fluid Dynamics” and “Autoimmune Disorders of the Nervous System,” have also been added.

$90.00 / £74.95 cloth 978-0-231-17332-2

$45.00 / £37.95 paper 978-988-8390-73-1

2017 312 pages


origins of rEligion

E. FullEr TorrEy

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Seventeen Thoughts About Language

A Biological, Philosophical, and Cultural Perspective “Schulkin gives us a comprehensive yet concise survey of the many dimensions of sport from the perspective of evolutionary theory, genetics, neuroscience, social psychology, cultural theory, health science, ethics, and aesthetics.” —Mark Johnson, University of Oregon Schulkin connects sport’s basic neural requirements to the demands of other human activities. He affirms sport’s natural role as a creative evolutionary catalyst, turning the external play of sports inward and bringing insight to the diversion that defines our species.

Andrea Moro

Eric R. Kandel

PROSE Award in Biomedicine and Neuroscience

“Combining wide learning, sharp insight, and deft style, these enlightening and intriguing vignettes carry us through the ages to reach considerable understanding of the distinctive linguistic capacity that sets humans apart from the rest of the natural world.”—Noam Chomsky, author of What Kind of Creatures Are We?

$17.00 / £14.95 paper 978-0-231-17741-2

l“[A] fascinating survey of mind scence and modern art.... Kandel presents concepts to ponder that may open new avenues of art making and neuroscientific endeavor.” —Publishers Weekly “The effort to complete this book will be well rewarded....C.P. Snow would be proud.”—Neurology Today $29.95 / £24.95 cloth 978-0-231-17962-1

NATURE’S PHARMACOPEIA A World of Medicinal Plants DAN


A World of Medicinal Plants

What Implicit Bias Gets Wrong About the Struggle for Racial Justice

Dan Choffnes

John F. Hoffecker

Jonathan Kahn

This beautifully illustrated textbook pairs the best research on the biochemical properties and physiological effects of medicinal plants with a fascinating history of their use throughout human civilization, revealing the influence of nature’s pharmacopeia on art, war, conquest, and law.

Modern Humans synthesizes recent findings from genetics (including the rapidly growing body of ancient DNA), the human fossil record, and archaeology relating to the African origin and global dispersal of anatomically modern people.

“This book sounds the loudest warning yet that the current seduction to considering racism as implicit bias can dangerously undermine long-fought attempts to better understand the structural sources of racial inequality. Little irony is lost in suggesting that twenty-first century neuroscience has enabled a reincarnation of the early twentieth-century conception of race in America.”—Troy Duster, University of California, Berkeley $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-18424-3 2017 304 pages

How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease, and Inheritance

Nessa Carey

Nessa Carey

One of The Independent’s Best Science Books “Junk DNA provides a cutting-edge, exhaustive guide to the rapidly changing, ever-more mysterious genome.”—New Scientist

“Anyone seriously interested in who we are and how we function should read this book.” -The Guardian “An exhilarating exploration of an exciting new field, and a good gift for a bright biology student looking for a career choice.”-Kirkus Reviews

Drawing on her experience with leading scientific investigators in Europe and North America, Nessa Carey provides a clear and compelling introduction to junk DNA and its critical involvement in phenomena as diverse as genetic diseases, viral infections, sex determination in mammals, and evolution.

Reaching beyond biology, epigenetics now informs work on drug addiction, the long-term effects of famine, and the physical and psychological consequences of childhood trauma. Nessa Carey concludes with a discussion of the future directions for this research and its ability to improve human health and well-being.

$22.95 paper 978-0-231-17085-7

$18.95 paper 978-0-231-16117-6

2017 360 pages

Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods Early Humans and the Origins of Religion E. Fuller Torrey E vo lv i n g B r a i n s E m E r g i n g g o ds E a r ly H u m a n s a n d t H E origins of rEligion

“A unique scholarly approach to the subject that is sure to be influential and highly regarded.”—Robert Sapolsky, Stanford University

E. FullEr TorrEy

Torrey details the neurobiological sequence that explains why the gods appeared when they did, connecting archaeological findings including clothing, art, farming, and urbanization to cognitive developments.


Genes, Brains, and Human Potential

How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine

The Epigenetics Revolution

A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome

Drawing on his own research into the evolution of human linguistic and cognitive abilities, Philip Lieberman explains the paths that adapted human anatomy to language. Lieberman demonstrates that there is no better guide to the world’s living—and still evolving—things than Darwin.

2017  312 pages

2017 520 pages

Junk DNA

“An awesome accompanying book for anyone who reads On the Origin of Species.”-Rob DeSalle, curator of entomology at the American Museum of Natural History

$35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-18336-9

$90.00 / £74.95 cloth 978-0-231-16076-6

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philip lieberman

Race on the Brain

Modern Humans

“John F. Hoffecker considers everything and ignores nothing, and his synthesis is extraordinary not only for its breadth but for its clarity. Modern Humans will satisfy both curious lay readers and specialists who seek a readily intelligible, authoritative update on where we came from.”-Richard G. Klein, Stanford University, author of The Human Career: Human Biological and Cultural Origins, Third Edition

“On the Origin of Species” as a Work in Progress

Philip Lieberman

2017  232 pages

Their African Origin and Global Dispersal

“Nature’s Pharmacopeia will have a significant impact on the training and education of undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the life sciences, history, or other disciplines in the humanities.” —Thomas Eulgem, University of California, Riverside

T h e T h eo ry T h aT C h a n g e d e v e ry T h i n g

$30.00 / £24.95 cloth 978-0-231-17808-2

2016 240 pages

$60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-17676-7

Nature’s Pharmacopeia

“On the Origin of Species” as a Work in Progress

Bridging the Two Cultures

Translated by Ian Roberts

In I Speak, Therefore I Am, the Italian linguist and neuroscientist Andrea Moro composes an album of his favorite quotations from the history of linguistics, beginning with the Book of Genesis and the power of naming and concluding with Noam Chomsky’s metaphor that language is a snowflake.

The Theory That Changed Everything

Reductionism in Art and Brain Science

I Speak, Therefore I Am


Jay Schulkin

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The Science and Ideology of Intelligence

Gordon M. Shepherd “By unifying knOwledge scattered acrOss plant biOlOgy, micrO, viticulture, chemistry, neurOscience, and the humanities, NeurOenOlOgy fOunds the new science Of hOw the taste Of wine is created, nOt in the glass but in the brain. This bOOk is a must fOr all seriOus wine cOnnOisseurs, practitiOners, neurOscientists, students, Or simply epicureans enjOying One Of life’s pleasures.”-Pierre-Marie Lledv, The Pasteur Institute, cOauthOr Of The CustOm-Made Brain $24.95 / £19.95 cloth 978-0-231-17700-9 2016 224 pages

Ken Richardson “In his latest book, Genes, Brains and Human Potential, Ken Richardson has again creatively illuminated the bases and limitations of genetic reductionist accounts of human intelligence, showing how cutting-edge research provides a valid alternative to such counterfactual and egregiously flawed models. Informative and inspiring.”-Richard M. Lerner, Tufts University $35.00/ £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-17842-6 2017 384 pages

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