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50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series) Kindle Edition

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Containing an astonishing 100 billion nerve cells and transmitting information in just a thousandth of a second, the human brain is the most powerful and mysterious organ in the body. Yet despite decades of research and experimentation, only recently have we been able to unlock the secrets of its complex inner workings and how it governs our thoughts, actions, memories - even our sense of self. In this fascinating exploration of the brain, neurobiologist Moheb Costandi examines both its biology and its influence on our behaviour. Through 50 clear and concise chapters, he draws on many of the most intriguing findings at the forefront of neuroscience: Are male and female brains really different? Does emotion have a biological basis? Can we ever see what people are thinking? And can our life experiences affect our brain physically? From the development of the brain as we grow and age, to the building blocks of consciousness; and from mental disorders such as dementia and schizophrenia to how neural tissue can adapt and reconfigure itself in response to trauma, this is a comprehensive introduction to the incredible science of the human brain.

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The nervous system. The neuron doctrine. Glial cells. The nervous impulse. Synaptic transmission. Sensory perception. Movement. Topographic mapping. Specialized brain regions. Brain asymmetry. Mirror neurons. The connectome. Embodied cognition. Bodily awareness. Free will. Sex differences. Personality. Brain-damaged patients. The theatre of consciousness. Consciousness disorders. Attention. Working memory. Learning and memory. Mental time travel. Memory (re)consolidation. Decision-making. Reward and motivation. Language processing. Executive function. Cell migration. Cell death. Synaptic pruning. Neuroplasticity. Adolescence. Stress and the brain. The ageing brain. Neurodegeneration. Adult neurogenesis. Epigenetics. Default mode. Brain-wave oscillations. Prediction error. Neural stem cells. Brain stimulation. Cognitive enhancement. Brain scanning. Decoding. Brain-computer interfacing. Neuroscience and the law. Neuroethics.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2978 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CUE0BPI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am 16 and fairly interested in neurology. This book gives both the scientific vocab of the brain but also the social and ethical aspects of the brain. It isn't overly complicated so anyone with a slight interest in neuroscience will enjoy it thoroughly!

Highly recommend it!
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As a Psychologist interested in neuroscience I find Mo's book succinct, knowledgeable and to the point.I find that from time to time the BBC ask me to guest their radio programs and this technical stuff can be a little intimidating for the listeners. This book is an excellent aid memoir and offer detailed information in aa condens3d way, if that makes sense. An excellent buy.
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This book consists in fifty short essays on various subjects related to the understanding of the human brain. Each chapter also has a timeline below listing major developments in the area in question and citing those who have contributed them. As a layman I learned much from the book.It is written clearly and is suitable for the general reader. Each essay is a short introductory one to a complex subject. The more technical essays I cannot really comment on but general ones such as the ones on Personality, or on Gender Differences seemed to me a thin and far from comprehensive. What the book is good at and focuses on is in providing the latest up-to- date developments in a wide area of researches related to the brain.
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This book provides the layman with an up-to-date and non-technical introduction to the neuroscientific study of the brain, looking at what is known and what is still to be discovered. The chapters are in short, easily-digested chunks that are relatively self-contained.
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