Best of the brain from Scientific American
We hear about a woman with an artificial arm controlled by her mind, read stories about the creative potential of “right-brain” and “left-brain” people, and watch science fiction films featuring characters with implanted mind chips. Yet few of us understand the science behind these and other visionary advances being made today in brain research. Leading neuroscientists and scholars have charted the stream of new findings in Scientific American and Scientific American Mind, and their articles from the past eight years, compiled here in a comprehensive volume, offer diverse and provocative perspectives on various cutting-edge brain science projects.
Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States, has long been the standard bearer of science journalism, and the brain science articles published in its pages offer unparalleled insights into the world of neuroscience. The expert articles assembled here, divided into three sections, reveal the latest developments of brain research in a compelling and wholly readable fashion and explore the range of fields and topics now included under the umbrella of neuroscience.
Consciousness and creativity are the focus of the “Mind” section, which features such compelling essays as science writer Carl Zimmer’s examination of how the brain creates a sense of self. Steven E. Hyman, Harvard Provost and former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, proposes new ways of diagnosing psychiatric disorders in “Matter,” a section that also features articles on psychological disorders, addictions, and other topics related to the interaction between body and brain. And “Tomorrow’s Brain” reveals the intriguing future potential of man-machine interactions, as well as pioneering new methods of brain treatment. Eminent neuroscientist Floyd E. Bloom also contributes an engaging introduction that situates these pieces on the front lines of brain research.
In today’s technologically driven world, our lives are changing faster than ever, and neuroscience is becoming an integral part of that transformation. Best of the Brain from Scientific American gathers the very best writings on this sea change, providing an invaluable guide to the exhilarating possibilities of neuroscience.
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Best of the Brain from Scientific American: Mind, Matter, and Tomorrow's BrainUser Review - Book Verdict
Through the 1990s, neuroscience underwent a veritable revolution, thanks to the improved ability of health professionals to diagnose and treat ailments with more accuracy using advanced imaging techniques. Bloom, chair emeritus of the Department of Neuropharmacology at the Scripps Research Institute and a former editor of the journalScience , has compiled a remarkable volume of essays culled from the pages ofScientific American andScientific American Mind that offer an outstanding overview of recent and emerging developments in the field since 1999. The first section, "Mind," explores consciousness via a series of essays that examine the human brain and creativity, the current outlook on Freudian theories, and how the brain gives rise to the human self. "Matter," the second section, investigates the specifics of the brain's biology and neurology, and includes articles on neuroplasticity as well as the neurobiology of schizophrenia, depression, and addiction. The final section, "Tomorrow's Brain," addresses upcoming puzzles and challenges in brain research. Highly recommended for all public and undergraduate college libraries.-Candice Kail, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh
Review: Best of the Brain from Scientific American: Mind, Matter, and Tomorrow's BrainUser Review - Goodreads
Mixed bag. Some articles are really interesting, some just plain dull. A few had a very definitive tone on issues that are still very much up for debate, and that I didn't love. Most were a little dry or esoteric in the writing style, but the topics tended to be interesting.
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