The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Dec 8, 2005 - Medical - 152 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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User Review  - jpporter - LibraryThing

Perhaps very short, but very informative, as well. O'Shea gives us a tour de force of the state of knowledge about the brain, and does so in an extremely accessible fashion. This is what one expects ... Read full review

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User Review  - ajin - 読書メーター

O'Shea's book provids overview of the stricture and brain fuction. I'm interested in Chpt 7: That deals with possiblities of brain-machine hybirds that may in the future be possible to cure the brokenbrain. This book adds enhanced knowledge of the brain! Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Michael O'Shea is Director of the Sussex Centre for Neuroscience in Sussex. This is his first trade book.