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From waking to walking the dog, working to dreaming, Greenfield explores how our daily experiences are translated into a tangle of cells, molecules and chemical blips, thereby probing the enduring mystery of how our brains create our individual selves.

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Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE is a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford University. A scientist, writer, broadcaster and Cross-Bench member in the House of Lords, she has been the recipient of 32 honorary degrees from both British and foreign universities, and of many awards including Chevalier Legion d'Honneur from the French Government and an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians, as well as being selected as Honorary Australian of the Year in 2006.


A provocative pleasure to read. We need researchers like [Susan Greenfield] to push the boundaries if we are to progress toward a solution to what neuroscientists have come to call (with considerable understatement) the hard problem of consciousness -- Clive Cookson * Financial Times * In A Day in the Life of the Brain, Susan Greenfield shows how the chemistry of consciousness responds to the outside world, and how our lifestyle choices can alter the very structure of our minds -- Rob Kingston, 'Science Books of the Year' * The Times * Illuminating ... [Greenfield's] avidity as a scientist and thinker is obvious, and even a sceptical reader will be drawn along by her skills as a writer -- Nick Haslam * Australian Book Review * [Greenfield's] writing is clear, sharp, devoid of difficult jargon and chatty. The brain's complexity comes across vividly, and its achievements are a marvel -- Anil Ananthaswamy * New Scientist * A vivid glimpse into the brain-stretching difficulty of making advances in brain research * Sunday Times * An illuminating, engrossing journey * Nature * Susan Greenfield enthrals and intrigues her readers in equal measure . . . a force of intellect and a force of nature -- John Humphrys Susan Greenfield is often described as the foremost female scientist in Britain, but she is one of the best of any gender, anywhere, at getting complicated ideas across * Independent on Sunday *

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