Synaptic Self


Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are is a book by neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux who has done an impressive amount of research on how synapses (spaces between neurons) in the brain respond to the environment in the molecular level. His book summarizes years of research in the neuroscience field on synaptic plasticity, and in it he argues that since environment and our genetic predisposition determine modification of synapses in our brains and these two factors contribute to development of personality, that means our personality must be a manifestation of these synaptic changes.

In this project, I distilled the progression of LeDoux's argument down to a system of graphic symbols. From the use of abstract symbols representing nature, nurture, the brain, parts of the neuron and their interactions to the manipulation of typography, I produced a 33-page graphic representation of how synapses can be a lens into who we are.

Gif of typographic book on neuroscience book called Synaptic Self
Book cover for book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
Interior pages from a book design project on Synaptic Self
storyboard of typography and visual graphics