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  • Copyright 2010
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-303965-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-303965-8

3 remarkable books reveal what neuroscientists have just learned about your brain — and you!

Neuroscientists have made absolutely stunning discoveries about the brain: discoveries that are intimately linked to everything from your health and happiness to the age-old debate on free will. In these three extraordinary books, leading scientists and science journalists illuminate these discoveries, helping you understand what they may mean — and what may come next. In Brains: How They Seem to Work, Dale Purves reviews the current state of neuroscientific research, previewing a coming paradigm shift that may transform the way scientists think about brains yet again. Building on new research on visual perception, he shows why common ideas about brain networks can’t be right, uncovers the factors that determine our subjective experience, sheds new light on the so-called “ghost in the machine,” and points towards a far deeper understanding of what it means to be human. Next, in Pictures of the Mind, Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald uses images from the latest fMRI and PET scanners to illuminate science’s new understanding of the brain as amazingly flexible, resilient, and plastic. Through masterfully written narrative and stunning imagery, you'll watch human brains healing, growing, and adapting… gain powerful new insights into the interplay between environment and genetics… begin understanding how people can influence their own intellectual abilities and emotional makeup… and join scientists in tantalizing discoveries about everything from coma to PTSD and Alzheimer’s. Finally, in The Root of Thought, Andrew Koob shows why glial cells — once thought to be merely “brain glue” — may actually hold the key to understanding intelligence, treating psychiatric disorders and brain injuries, and perhaps even curing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. You'll learn how these crucial cells grow and develop... why almost all brain tumors are comprised of them… and even their apparent role in your every thought and dream!

From world-renowned scientists and science journalists, including Dale Purves, Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald, and Andrew Koob

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Table of Contents

Brains: How They Seem to Work

Preface     vii

Chapter 1  Neuroscience circa 1960     1

Chapter 2  Neurobiology at Harvard     17

Chapter 3  Biophysics at University College     37

Chapter 4  Nerve cells versus brain systems     51

Chapter 5  Neural development     69

Chapter 6  Exploring brain systems     87

Chapter 7  The visual system: Hubel and Wiesel redux     105

Chapter 8  Visual perception     123

Chapter 9  Perceiving color     143

Chapter 10  Theorganization of perceptual qualities     161

Chapter 11  Perceiving geometry     179

Chapter 12  Perceiving motion     201

Chapter 13  How brains seem to work     219

Suggested reading     235

Glossary     241

Illustration credits     275

Acknowledgments     281

About the author     283

Index     285

Pictures of the Mind: What the New Neuroscience Tells Us About Who We Are

Introduction     ix

Part I: Snapshots

Chapter 1: Life, Death, and the Middle Ground     3

Chapter 2: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Powerful Emotions and Our Power to Work with Them     21

Chapter 3: Happiness on the Brain     37

Chapter 4: Cooling the Flame: Pictures of Addiction, Chronic Pain, and Recovery     53

Part II: Landscape

Chapter 5: Where Does Morality Live, and When Is It Home?     69

Chapter 6: The Making and Breaking of Memories     89

Chapter 7: Where Am "I"? Experiences of Self, Other, and Neither     109

Resources     141

Notes     145

Acknowledgments     163

About the Author     165

Index     167

The Root of Thought: Unlocking Glia—the Brain Cell That Will Help Us Sharpen Our Wits, Heal Injury, and Treat Brain Disease

Chapter 1: Cities and Highways     1

Chapter 2: Dust Settles on the Battlefield     5

Chapter 3: I Sing the Body Electric     15

Chapter 4: Meet the Astrocyte     29

Chapter 5: Riding the Calcium Wave     41

Chapter 6: Hey Neuron, It’s Me, Glia        55

Chapter 7: Developing Relationships     65

Chapter 8: The Time Machine     77

Chapter 9: Sing a New Song     89

Chapter 10: Albert Einstein’s Abundant Astrocytes     99

Chapter 11: I Dream of Glia     111

Chapter 12: Gliadegenerative Disease     121

Chapter 13: Don’t Insult Me     133

Chapter 14: The Seething Breeding Glioma     145

Chapter 15: Cities and Highways Revisited     155

Acknowledgments     159

About the Author     161

Index     163


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