Neuroscience For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 13, 2011 - Science - 384 pages
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Get on the fast track to understanding neuroscience

Research into the human brain has exploded in recent years, and neuroscience has become a major program at many universities and a required course for a wide range of studies. Neuroscience For Dummies tracks to an introductory neuroscience class, giving you an understanding of the brain's structure and function, as well as a look into the relationship between memory, learning, emotions, and the brain. Providing insight into the biology of mental illness and a glimpse at future treatments and applications of neuroscience, Neuroscience For Dummies is a fascinating read for students and general interest readers alike.

The brain holds the secrets to our personalities, our use of language, our love of music, and our memories. Neuroscience For Dummies looks at how this complex structure works, according to the most recent scientific discoveries, illustrated by helpful diagrams and engaging anecdotes.

  • Helpful diagrams and engaging anecdotes enhance material
  • The latest scientific discoveries are sprinkled throughout
  • Tracks to a typical introductory neuroscience class

From how the brain works to how you feel emotions, Neuroscience For Dummies offers a comprehensive overview of the fascinating study of the human brain.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Intelligence The Thinking
5
Introducing Your Nervous System
7
All about the Brain and Spinal Cord
23
Understanding How Neurons Work
47
Translating the Internal
65
Looking at Vision
83
Sounding Off The Auditory System
103
How the Brain Processes Thoughts
223
The Executive Brain
243
Learning and Memory
259
Developing and Modifying Brain Circuits Plasticity
283
Plasticity and
291
The Aging Brain
300
Neural Dysfunctions Mental Illness
305
The Part of Tens
317

Odors and Taste
119
Moving Right Along Motor Systems
135
Coordinating Things More The Spinal Cord and Pathways
149
Planning and Executing Actions
161
Unconscious Actions with Big Implications
179
Intelligence The Thinking
197
Ten Tricks of Neurons That Make Them Do What They Do
327
Ten Amazing Facts about the Brain
335
Ten Promising Treatments for the Future
343
Index
351
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Frank Amthor is a professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also holds secondary appointments in the UAB Medical School Department of Neurobiology, the School of Optometry, and the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering.

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