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Extended Audio Sample The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good (Unabridged), by David J. Linden
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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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