The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Dec 8, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 136 pages
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How does the brain work? How different is a human brain from other creatures' brains? Is the human brain still evolving? In this fascinating book, Michael O'Shea provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research, and gives a sense of how neuroscience addresses questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind. Chapters tackle subjects such as brain processes, perception, memory, motor control and the causes of 'altered mental states'. A final section discusses possible future developments in neuroscience, touching on artificial intelligence, gene therapy, the importance of the Human Genome Project, drugs by design, and transplants. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: The Brain: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

User Review  - Joshua - Goodreads

This is the least good of the Very Short Introduction books I've read since I decided to read all of the ones in areas of interest to me. This text, while interesting, doesn't go into very much and ... Read full review

Review: The Brain: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

User Review  - Aaron - Goodreads

This is my third book in the Very Short Introduction series, and this one was middle of the road. It lives up to the expectation as short and accessible introduction to the central nervous system. O ... Read full review

About the author (2005)


Michael O'Shea is Director of the Sussex Center for Neuroscience.