Free Kindle Textbook: The Cerebellum: Brain for an Implicit Self (FT Press Science)

by buybuydandavis1 min read7th Jun 201219 comments


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Another free kindle I thought some might have interest in. I haven't read it, but the first review was glowing and looked relevant.

First Amazon Review:

> Five Star Final; Excellent; A "must read" for any "student" of brain-behavior relationships

UPDATE: Still free at the US amazon at 2pm eastern time. Reports that it is not free at the UK site, which I verified. Since I can log in to the UK site from the US and see the price, I assume people in the UK could sign into the US site and buy it. If anyone gives that a try, let me know and I'll further update the top level.

UPDATE:  Free at Can buy at the US site from the Netherlands. Can't buy from FR or US sites from UK.


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For those who don't feel like dealing with DRM, an alternate source.

Why do you call it "free"? I see no pricing information when I look on, and on it is priced at £32.99.

What country are you (or your proxy) in? For me, the link goes to a page showing a price of $0.00.

The UK. Free vs. £32.99 is taking differential pricing to an extreme. Have you succeeded in buying it for $0?

I 'bought' it for $0.00 from I'm in the Netherlands. is now showing me a price: $50.68. I suspect $0 was a glitch.

That price is for the hardcover. The ebook is still $0.00. :-)

The hardcover price I see on is $56.16, Kindle for $50.68. still has it free, but won't let me buy it from the UK. has it for €50.94. I'm betting this really is a glitch currently in the process of being fixed.

You're right, it probably was a glitch. I looked again today and now it's $52.89 for the Kindle edition. :(

Free in Brazil, as well.

Interesting that the title seems to contradict a prediction of Giulio Tonini's theory. The following is from Biol. Bull. 215 (2008):

[Integrated information] is low for systems that are made up of small, quasi-independent modules ... This may be why the cerebellum, despite its large number of neurons, does not contribute much to consciousness: its synaptic organization is such that individual patches of cerebellar cortex tend to be activated independently of one another, with little interaction between distant patches.

People without cerebellums live fine, except for some motor control issues. It definitely can't be essential for consciousness.

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"Fine" might be a stretch, there are indices that indicate that cerebellum have cognitive functions as well. If you have any particularly source that says otherwise please share.

My source is my neuroscience professor, who paid quite a lot of attention to research on the cerebellum. But of course, any published science would override his in-class comments.

In Ito's book, one of the last chapters is about cognitive functions in the cerebellum. I've only glanced over it, but see e.g. section 17-6, which begins "Numerous studies have now shown cognitive activity in the cerebellum." Here is a 2009 review article on language and the cerebellum.

Kindle version still free for me at the US site.