The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Dec 8, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 136 pages
The Brain: A Very Short Introduction 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. Short, clear discussions on the mechanical
workings of the brain are offered and the details of brain science are covered in an accessible style. Explanations of the more familiar implications of the brain's actions, such as memories, perceptions, and motor control are integrated throughout the book. It has chapters on brain processes and
the causes of altered mental states, as well as a final chapter that discusses possible future developments in neuroscience, touching on artificial intelligence, gene therapy, the importance of the Human Genome Project, drugs by design, and transplants. Up-to-date coverage of the newest
developments in brain research and suggestions for future research on the brain are also included.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds
of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.


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User Review  - waltzmn - LibraryThing

What this book needs is a time machine. It's obviously unfair to ask a science book from 2005 to reflect opinions from 2015, but even from a 2005 perspective, there were some holes -- e.g. its ... Read full review

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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


1 Thinking about the brain
components of mind
getting connected
4 From the Big Bang to the big brain
5 Sensing perceiving and acting
6 Memories are made of this
invention and intervention
8 Epilogue
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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.