Includes bibliographical references (pages -296) and index.
The impulse that saved my life -- Impulses and your zombie brain -- Inside the impulsive brain -- The teenage brain : a work in progress -- Impulse and the senses -- The power of the visual -- Impulse and the risk-taking personality -- The love impulse : 'It only takes a moment' -- The overeating impulse : digging our graves with our teeth -- The buying impulse : the how and why of what we buy -- The imitation impulse : 'A beautiful place to die' -- Deplete us not into temptation -- Free will is a grand illusion.
"...Explores all the mystifying things people do despite knowing better, from blurting out indiscretions to falling for totally incompatible romantic partners. Informed by the latest research in neuropsychology, this eye-opening account explains why snap decisions so often govern -- and occasionally enrich--our lives." --Publisher.