The Human Brain Book (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 31, 2009 - Medical - 256 pages
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The Human Brain Book is a complete guide to the one organ in the body that makes each of us what we are - unique individuals. It combines the latest findings from the field of neuroscience with expert text and state-of-the-art illustrations and imaging techniques to provide an incomparable insight into every facet of the brain. Layer by layer, it reveals the fascinating details of this remarkable structure, covering all the key anatomy and delving into the inner workings of the mind, unlocking its many mysteries, and helping you to understand what's going on in those millions of little gray and white cells.

Tricky concepts are illustrated and explained with clarity and precision, as The Human Brain Book looks at how the brain sends messages to the rest of the body, how we think and feel, how we perform unconscious actions (for example, breathing), explores the nature of genius, asks why we behave the way we do, explains how we see and hear things, and how and why we dream. Physical and psychological disorders affecting the brain and nervous system are clearly illustrated and summarized in easy-to-understand terms.


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User Review  - James - Goodreads

My kind of coffee table book! Beautifully illustrated and well-written. Read full review

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User Review  - Young Mensans - Goodreads

The Human Brain Book by Rita Carter does a magnificent job of explaining the intricacies surrounding that great big hunk of grey matter that sits in each of our heads. This coffee-table book gives an ... Read full review


Investigating the Brain 8
Landmarks in Neuroscience 10
Scanning the Brain 12
A Journey Through the Brain 14
The Brain and the Body 36
Brain Functions 38
Nervous System 40
The Brain and the Nervous System 42
Desire and Reward 128
The Social Brain 130
Sex Love and Survival 132
Expression 134
The Self and Others 136
The Moral Brain 138
Language and Communication 140
Gestures and Body Language 142

Brain Size Energy Use and Protection 44
Evolution 48
Brain Anatomy 50
Brain Structures 52
Brain Zones and Partitions 56
The Nuclei of the Brain 58
The Thalamus Hypothalamus and Pituitary Gland 60
The Brainstem and Cerebellum 62
The Limbic System 64
The Cerebral Cortex 66
Brain Cells 68
Nerve Impulses 72
The Senses 74
How We Sense the World 76
The Eye 78
The Visual Cortex 80
Visual Pathways 82
Visual Perception 84
Seeing 86
The Ear 88
Making Sense of Sound 90
Hearing 92
Smell 94
Perceiving Smell 96
Taste 98
Touch 100
The Sixth Sense 102
Pain Signals 104
Experiencing Pain 106
Movement and Control 108
Regulation 110
The Neuroendocrine System 112
Planning a Movement 114
Executing a Movement 116
Unconscious Action 118
Mirror Neurons 120
Emotions and Feelings 122
The Emotional Brain 124
Conscious Emotion 126
The Origins of Language 144
The Language Areas 146
A Conversation 148
Reading and Writing 150
Memory 152
The Principles of Memory 154
The Memory Web 156
Laying Down a Memory 158
Recall and Recognition 160
Unusual Memory 162
Thinking 164
Intelligence 166
Creativity and Humor 168
Belief and Superstition 170
Cognitive Illusions 172
Consciousness 174
What Is Consciousness? 176
Locating Consciousness 178
Attention and Consciousness 180
Altering Consciousness 182
Sleep and Dreams 184
Time 186
The Self and Consciousness 188
The Individual Brain 190
Nature and Nurture 192
Influencing the Brain 194
Personality 196
Strange Brains 198
Development and Aging 200
The Developing Brain 202
The Aging Brain 206
The Brain of the Future 208
Diseases and Disorders 212
The Disordered Brain 214
Directory of Disorders 21641
Glossary 242
Index 248
Acknowledgments 256

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