From the Inside Flap
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.
From the Back Cover
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.