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The Ideological Brain - by Leor Zmigrod (Hardcover)

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  • Why do some people become radicalized?
  • About the Author: Dr. Leor Zmigrod is a prize-winning scientist and pioneer in the field of political neuroscience.
  • 304 Pages
  • Science, Life Sciences


Book Synopsis

Why do some people become radicalized?
How do ideologies shape the human brain?
And how can we unchain our minds from toxic dogmas?

In The Ideological Brain, Leor Zmigrod reveals the deep connection between political beliefs and the biology of the brain. Drawing on her own pioneering research, she uncovers the complex interplay between biology and environment that predisposes some individuals to rigid ways of thinking, and explains how ideologies take hold of our brains, fundamentally changing the way we think, act and interact with others. She shows how ideologues of all types struggle to change their thought patterns when faced with new information, culminating in the radical message that our politics are not superficial but are woven into the fabric of our minds.

This authoritative, accessible and playful blend of psychology, politics and philosophy explores the cutting-edge of the emerging field of political neuroscience. Zmigrod examines its historical roots before she looks to the future, considering the broader social and political implications of her groundbreaking research. Guiding readers through her experiments, she eventually describes what a free, authentic, and tolerant brain looks like, and explains how anyone can keep their mind open and flexible in the face of extremist ideologies.

About the Author

Dr. Leor Zmigrod is a prize-winning scientist and pioneer in the field of political neuroscience. She studied at Cambridge University as a Gates Scholar before winning a Junior Research Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge in 2019 at just 24 years old. Zmigrod has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and has held visiting fellowships at Stanford, Harvard and both the Berlin and Paris Institutes for Advanced Study. She was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science and has won numerous prizes, including the Women of the Future Science Award. She has spoken at the Hay Festival and TEDx and her research has been featured widely in the media, including in The New York Times, Guardian, Financial Times and New Scientist. Zmigrod advises policymakers at the United Nations, the UK and US governments, and other international organizations. The Ideological Brain is her first book.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.25 Inches (H) x 6.12 Inches (W) x 1.0 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.0 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Science
Sub-Genre: Life Sciences
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Theme: Neuroscience
Format: Hardcover
Author: Leor Zmigrod
Language: English
Street Date: March 25, 2025
TCIN: 92204273
UPC: 9781250344595
Item Number (DPCI): 247-26-8193
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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