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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (874 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David J. Linden Narrator: Sean Pratt Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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A leading brain scientist's look at the neurobiology of pleasure - and how pleasures can become addictions. Whether eating, taking drugs, engaging in sex, or doing good deeds, the pursuit of pleasure is a central drive of the human animal. In The Compass of Pleasure Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David J. Linden explains how pleasure affects us at the most fundamental level: in our brain. As he did in his award-winning book, The Accidental Mind, Linden combines cutting-edge science with entertaining anecdotes to illuminate the source of the behaviors that can lead us to ecstasy but that can easily become compulsive. Why are drugs like nicotine and heroin addictive while LSD is not? Why has the search for safe appetite suppressants been such a disappointment? The Compass of Pleasure concludes with a provocative consideration of pleasure in the future, when it may be possible to activate our pleasure circuits at will and in entirely novel patterns.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Turner | 2/15/2014

    " Lots of information in an easy to read presentation. I didn't follow all the chemistry, but it is interesting to know what sort of progress is being made in understanding the underpinnings of pleasure and addiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/10/2014

    " While this book had way too much physiology in it for my liking it was interesting and informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/8/2014

    " More scientific content than the title may lead one to believe, but if you read a lot of works of popular neuroscience, many of the studies will be familiar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian R | 2/4/2014

    " Pleasure and pain. Two things that are behind much of what we do. Great research, solid proofs make this good and practical science. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lene | 1/25/2014

    " I was disappointed with this book. There was a lot of time spent on basic neuropsychology, which was necessary & presented well, but most of which I already knew. I was looking for something more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alaric Pratt | 1/11/2014

    " Good insight good data but I had to work my way through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynlee | 12/31/2013

    " I wasn't able to understand the scientific lingo completely but it was an informative read none the less. The studies presented aptly supported the content and they were easy to understand even though the specifics of what happens neurologically to an addicted brain was not clear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige Gyldersleve | 12/18/2013

    " A very fun and accessible tome on neuroscience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 12/10/2013

    " the statement, 'all of us just like two things, dopamine and serotonin' sums it up, but it's a good read. one factoid that stayed with me, even a 1 mm long worm has serotonin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erich Franz Guzmann | 12/8/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one. I find books about the brain and why we do what we do fascinating. This book also mentioned addiction which is another subject that is fascinating to me. This book does a really good job in explain both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Osho | 12/8/2013

    " A nice pop-but-somewhat-technical book on dopamine. I found it easy to follow, but it is neurochemically focused and probably requires some familiarity with brain function. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dru Georgiadis | 12/4/2013

    " Very interesting but very dense as far as scientific technicalities. Excellent read for anyone who puzzles over the complexities of addiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessietaylortanner | 10/26/2013

    " Very interesting, although I could feel my brain imploding at some of the more scientific writing and explanations. I found myself skimming a couple of times when it was overly scientific for the lay reader. Some very interesting information, probably not for the casual reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 vgy | 10/20/2013

    " Nice review and breakdown of the more recent studies on pleasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasia Szafranowska | 7/28/2013

    " I find the subject of this book very interesting. Is there really a key to pleasure in our brain? I will find out soon :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Conrad | 6/3/2013

    " Focuses on the physical side of pleasure, but does a credible job of doing so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 5/8/2013

    " Excellent book. A little technical but the information is very interesting and it is not a simple subject. We do we do what we do and what can we do to change our behavior? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Ostaff | 7/9/2012

    " Mainly a review of studies that have come out. I didn't learn anything but it was nice and concise "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 smboro | 3/6/2012

    " ...addicted to reads because of books like this one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 12/9/2011

    " This had some pretty good parts and a ton of interesting study findings. It might be a bit hard to follow if you have no clue about brain anatomy or biology since the author kind of dives in talking about individual parts of the brain without much instruction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Mateo | 8/30/2011

    " This book had a ton of good, informative knowledge that was presented in an often witty delivery method. There was a lot of big neuro scientific descriptions, words, and terms that were just too far over my little pee brain...but I got the basic idea and delivered information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Cawthon | 7/30/2011

    " I found this book really interesting and informative. However, I felt it got pretty redundant and was simply an argument about addiction being a disease. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Masokist | 7/16/2011

    " Although I had trouble wading through some of the science jargon (the fault lies completely with me), I found this incredibly informative. I think a lot of this information is beginning to trickle down to the greater population. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/29/2011

    " A lot of technical info to keep straight, but incredibly interesting over all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tarathelibrarian | 6/22/2011

    " interesting chapter on why it's so hard to lose weight "

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About the Author
Author David J. Linden

David J. Linden is a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the New York Times bestselling author of The Compass of Pleasure and The Accidental Mind. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his two children.