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


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A stunning illustrated guide to your brain: visual proof that you can take control of your mind, and improve your life!

  • The latest discoveries in cognitive neuroscience: how your brain can heal, change, grow, and improve and how you can even become happier!
  • Get inside your brain, with amazing, full-color, fully-explained brain images from advanced scanners.
  • Why your brain is more flexible than ever imagined and why researchers are more optimistic than ever about curing brain disease and damage!
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    • Copyright 2010
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-715516-6
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-715516-3

    Neuroscientists once believed your brain was essentially "locked down" by adulthood. No new cells. No major changes. If you grew up depressed, angry, sad, aggressive, or nasty, you'd be that way for life. And, as you grew older, there'd be nowhere to go but down, as disease, age, or injury wiped out precious, irreplaceable brain cells. But over the past five, ten, twenty years, all that's changed. Using fMRI and PET scanning technology, neuroscientists can now look deep inside the human brain and they've discovered that it's amazingly flexible, resilient, and plastic.

    Pictures of the Mind: What the New Neuroscience Tells Us About Who We Are shows you what they've discovered and what it means to all of us. Through author Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald’s masterfully written narrative and use stunning imagery, you'll watch human brains healing, growing, and adapting to challenges. You'll 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 understand the latest stunning discoveries about coma and "locked-in" syndrome. You'll learn about the tantalizing discoveries that may lead to cures for traumatic brain injury, stroke, emotional disorders, PTSD, drug addiction, chronic pain, maybe even Alzheimer's. Boleyn-Fitzgerald shows how these discoveries are transforming our very understanding of the "self", from an essentially static entity to one that can learn and change throughout life and even master the art of happiness.

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    Life, Death, and the Middle Ground: What the New Neuroscience Tells Us About Who We Are

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    Table of Contents

    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


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