Neuroscience For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 2, 2016 - Medical - 416 pages
Get on the fast track to understanding neuroscience

Investigating how your senses work, how you move, and how you think and feel, Neuroscience For Dummies, 2nd Edition is your straight-forward guide to the most complicated structure known in the universe: the brain. Covering the most recent scientific discoveries and complemented with helpful diagrams and engaging anecdotes that help bring the information to life, this updated edition offers a compelling and plain-English look at how the brain and nervous system function.

Simply put, the human brain is an endlessly fascinating subject: it holds the secrets to your personality, use of language, memories, and the way your body operates. In just the past few years alone, exciting new technologies and an explosion of knowledge have transformed the field of neuroscience—and this friendly guide is here to serve as your roadmap to the latest findings and research. Packed with new content on genetics and epigenetics and increased coverage of hippocampus and depression, this new edition of Neuroscience For Dummies is an eye-opening and fascinating read for readers of all walks of life.

  • Covers how gender affects brain function
  • Illustrates why some people are more sensitive to pain than others
  • Explains what constitutes intelligence and its different levels
  • Offers guidance on improving your learning

What is the biological basis of consciousness? How are mental illnesses related to changes in brain function? Find the answers to these and countless other questions in Neuroscience For Dummies, 2nd Edition

 

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Contents

Table of Contents
3
Introduction 1
5
All about the Brain and Spinal Cord
23
Understanding How Neurons Work
51
Translating the Internal and External World
69
Looking at Vision
87
Sounding Off The Auditory System
109
Odors and Taste
127
How the Brain Processes Thoughts
239
The Executive Brain
259
Learning and Memory
277
Developing and Modifying Brain Circuits Plasticity
301
Neural Dysfunctions Mental Illness
325
The Part of Tens
339
THE PART OF TENS
341
Ten Tricks of Neurons That Make Them Do What They Do
349

Moving Right Along Motor Systems
145
Coordinating Things More The Spinal Cord and Pathways
159
Planning and Executing Actions
173
Unconscious Actions with Big Implications
191
Intelligence The Thinking Brain
211
Understanding Intelligence Consciousness
213
Ten Amazing Facts about the Brain
357
Ten Promising Treatments for the Future
367
Index
375
Neuroscience For Dummies
376
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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 Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research is focused on retinal and central visual processing and neural prostheses.

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