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Your Brain: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) [Paperback]

Matthew MacDonald
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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgements; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; About This Book; Part I: Warming Up; Chapter 1: A Lap Around the Brain; 1.1 A First Look at Your Brain; 1.2 The Brain: An Archeological Site; 1.3 The Brain's Wiring; 1.4 Mental Fitness; Chapter 2: Brain Food: Healthy Eating; 2.1 The Brain's Energy Use; 2.2 Brain Fuel; 2.3 A Brain-Friendly Diet; 2.4 The Secret Gears of Appetite; Chapter 3: Sleep: Taking Your Brain Offline; 3.1 Your Biological Clock; 3.2 Why We Sleep; 3.3 The Sleep Cycle; 3.4 REM Sleep; 3.5 Dream Analysis; Part II: Exploring Your Brain; Chapter 4: Perception; 4.1 The Doors of Perception; 4.2 Optical Illusions; 4.3 Your Shifty Eyes; 4.4 Distortions and Mismeasurements; 4.5 Seeing Things; 4.6 Ignoring Things; 4.7 Other Perception-Distorting Assumptions; 4.8 Dizzy Yourself Silly with Optical Illusions on the Web; Chapter 5: Memory; 5.1 The Remembrance of Things Past; 5.2 Short-Term Memory; 5.3 Long-Term Memory; 5.4 Techniques for Better Remembering; 5.5 Better Learning; Chapter 6: Emotions; 6.1 Understanding Emotion; 6.2 Pleasure: The Reward System; 6.3 Fear: Avoiding Death; 6.4 Stress; 6.5 In Search of Happiness; Chapter 7: Reason; 7.1 The Thinking Brain; 7.2 Common Sense; 7.3 Moral Calculus; 7.4 Statistical Blunders; 7.5 Critical Thinking; 7.6 Problem Solving; 7.7 Creative Thinking Tools; Chapter 8: Your Personality; 8.1 The Building Blocks of Personality; 8.2 A Personality Test; 8.3 Dissecting Your Personality; 8.4 The Personality Fit; Part III: Understanding Other People's Brains; Chapter 9: The Battle of the Sexes; 9.1 Gender in the Brain; 9.2 Are Gender Differences Real?; 9.3 Love and Relationships; Chapter 10: The Developing Brain; 10.1 Before Birth; 10.2 Childhood; 10.3 The Teenage Years; 10.4 Old Age; 10.5 Nature vs. Nurture;

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