The Minder Brain

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World Scientific, 2007 - Medical - 474 pages
Ambition, genius, thought, imagination, love, hate, greed and, above all, consciousness ourselves as alive and as part of our world OCo all this is somehow enabled by the brain. The brain is the person, and if it goes wrong, a person is ruined. This book is about part of what the brain does OCo a role of which many of us are hardly aware, but one that has ensured, the survival of mankind. Despite famine, drought, wars, cold, infections and hostile environments, we survive as a species OCo though not always as individuals. All this time, our brains have been coping with what fate throws at us OCo a process that some call adaptation. How does the brain do it? How does it know whatOCOs needed? How does it enable us to provide that need? How much do we depend on our own brains, or on those of others?. This book is different from other books on the brain. It deals with the brainOCOs role in survival, rather than OC higherOCO cognitive functions (such as language or thought). It describes the special part of the brain that keeps you alive: that makes you feel hungry when you need energy, makes you feel thirsty when you need water, drives you to reproduce so that your species survives, makes you fearful of things or individuals that might harm you, and defends you against adversity."

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Chapter 1 The Brain as a Survival Machine
Chapter 2 A Chemical Code for Survival
Chapter 3 Serotonin Steroids and Signalling
Chapter 4 The Brain and Stress
Chapter 5 The WeightWatcher in the Brain
Chapter 6 Staying Wet and Salty
Chapter 7 Keeping Warm Staying Cool
Chapter 8 The Sexual Brain
Chapter 9 Bonding Motherhood and Love
Chapter 10 The Brain Goes to War
Chapter 11 The Rhythm of Life
Chapter 12 The Brain Breaks Down
Chapter 13 Individuality
Author Index
Subject Index

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