The Compass of Pleasure

How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good

A leading brain scientist's look at the neurobiology of pleasure-and how they can become addictions.

By David J. Linden Read by Sean Pratt Nonfiction / Personal Growth / Self-Help English, Unabridged 6h 34m Sell Sheet
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6 Audio CDs June 21, 2016 $59.99 $47.99 9781520019925 Add to Cart
1 MP3 CDs June 21, 2016 $29.99 $19.99 9781520019932 Add to Cart
							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.

Linden's conversational style, his abundant use of anecdotes, and his successful coupling of wit with insight makes the book a joy to read. - Publishers Weekly

A hugely entertaining look at why we enjoy the things we enjoy. ... There's hardcore biology here, but it's tempered with personal anecdotes, penetrating observations and quotes from the likes of comedian Mitch Hedberg and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. If you're science-phobic, don't worry: Linden is incredibly smart, but comes across as the funny, patient professor you wish you'd had in college. - National Public Radio, Michael Schaub

This cheerful summary of the brain's reward system is a profound experience... "Pleasure" is a superb book. My brain has been changed by reading it. - The Guardian (UK), Leo Benedictus