Gloucester: Sawyer Free Library


Impulse : why we do what we do without knowing why we do it / David Lewis.


  • ISBN: 9780674725492
  • ISBN: 0674725492
  • Description: xxi, 310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Harvard University Press edition.
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013.

Available copies

Current holds

0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 153.4/Lewis (Text to phone) Available -
Danvers New Books BF 575 I46 L49 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Salem Adult Non-Fiction 453.4/LEWIS (Text to phone) Available -

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Note: 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.
Summary: "...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.
Subject: Impulse.