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The Compass of Pleasure by David J. Linden.. This is your brain. This is your brain on ice cream. This is your brain on vodka. This is your brain on the internet. This is your brain. You may as well enjoy it, and this romp through the science of pleasure is a blast of dopamine.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"In his book “The Compass of Pleasure,” the Johns Hopkins neurobiologist David J. Linden explicates the workings of these regions, known collectively as the reward system, elegantly drawing on sources ranging from personal experience to studies of brain activity to experiments with molecules and genes."

The New York Times

"By merging an evolutionary perspective with cutting-edge research in neuroscience, Linden, a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, addresses provocative questions about the relationship between pleasure and addiction while exploring many of the broader implications of the nexus of the two."

Publishers Weekly

Author bio: David J. Linden is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His laboratory has worked for many years on the cellular substrates of memory storage in the brain and a few other topics. He has a longstanding interest in scientific communication and serves as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his two children. David's blog may be found at More information can be found here:

Book Details: Science/Technology; (230 pp. Scientio-gastic: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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