This is your brain in books
These books take on the always interesting question of the brain trying to understand itself.
The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries From the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity (Penguin) by Norman Doidge, a psychiatrist, looks at how the brain can change its own structure and function to respond to autism, strokes, chronic pain, Alzheimer's and more.
This Is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn From the T-Shirt Cannon (Crown Archetype) by L. Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers uses neuroscience and psychology to explore why fans keep rooting for losing teams, why the best players make the worst coaches and more.
Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind (Penguin) by David J. Linden, a neuroscientist, explains how and why our "touch circuits" of skin, nerves and brain affect our lives, sometimes in surprising ways.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor