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June 2008

The Minder Brain: How Your Brain Keeps You Alive, Protects You From Danger, and Ensures That You Reproduce

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by Joe Herbert, 445 pp, $25, ISBN-13 978-981-270-394-1, Hackensack, NJ, World Scientific Publishing Co, 2007.


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Arch Neurol. 2008;65(6):847-848. doi:10.1001/archneur.65.6.847

What is meant by the “minder” brain? After reading the first few chapters of The Minder Brain, it becomes clear what author Joe Herbert summarized in this unusual title. A minder is an overseer, a guide, or interpreter and it is these functions of the brain that are depicted in this book. Specifically, the limbic system is described as not only having the important function of “the generation, expression and recognition of emotion” but beyond that “this is the part of the brain that specializes in adaptation and survival.”

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