The award-winning author of The Accidental Mind shares insights into how the experience of pleasure is chemically processed by the human brain, combining entertaining anecdotes with cutting-edge scientific findings to explain how pleasurable activities can become compulsive behaviors. 25,000 first printing.
In his new book, The Compass of Pleasure, neuroscientist David Linden maps out the brain's relationship with pleasure and addiction. From junk food to sex to gambling, Linden explains that addictions are actually rooted in the brain's inability to feel pleasure.
From religion to pornography and die-hard optimists to remorseless sociopaths, reading about neuroscience can be a lot more fun than dodging volleyballs on a beach. Here are five brainy picks that are sure to make for some sizzling summer reads.