From Discover: Only a tiny frac­tion of the brain is dedi­cated to conscious behavior. The rest works fever­ishly behind the scenes regu­lating every­thing from breathing to mate selec­tion. In fact, neuro­sci­en­tist David Eagleman of Baylor College of Medi­cine argues that the uncon­scious work­ings of the brain are so crucial to everyday func­tioning that their influ­ence often trumps conscious thought. To prove it, he explores little-known histor­ical episodes, the latest psycho­log­ical research, and enduring medical mysteries, revealing the bizarre and often inex­plic­able mech­a­nisms under­lying daily life. · Go to Your brain knows a lot more than you realize →