eBook The Human Brain Book, 2nd Edition

  • Rita Carter
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  • ISBN-10: 1465431624
  • ISBN-13: 9781465431622
  • DDC: 612.8
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 264 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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Overview

Tricky concepts are illustrated and explained with clarity and precision, as The Human Brain Book looks at how the brain sends messages to the rest of the body, how we think and feel, how we perform unconscious actions (for example breathing), explores the nature of genius, asks why we behave the way we do, explains how we see and hear things, and how and why we dream. Physical and psychological disorders affecting the brain and nervous system are clearly illustrated and summarized in easy-to-understand terms.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
1: No Ordinary Organ.
2: Investigating the Brain.
3: Landmarks in Neuroscience.
4: Scanning the Brain.
5: A Journey Through the Brain.
6: The Brain and the Body.
7: Brain Functions.
8: The Nervous System.
9: The Brain and the Nervous System.
10: Brain Size, Energy Use, and Protection.
11: Evolution.
12: Brain Anatomy.
13: Brain Structures.
14: Brain Zones and Partitions.
15: The Nuclei of the Brain.
16: The Thalamus, Hypothalamus, and Pituitary Gland.
17: The Brainstem and Cerebellum.
18: The Limbic System.
19: The Cerebral Cortex.
20: Brain Cells.
21: Nerve Impulses.
22: Brain Mapping and Simulation.
23: The Senses.
24: How We Sense the World.
25: The Eye.
26: The Visual Cortex.
27: Visual Pathways.
28: Visual Perception.
29: Seeing.
30: The Ear.
31: Making Sense of Sound.
32: Hearing.
33: Smell.
34: Perceiving Smell.
35: Taste.
36: Touch.
37: The Sixth Sense.
38: Pain Signals.
39: Experiencing Pain.
40: Movement and Control.
41: Regulation.
42: The Neuroendocrine System.
43: Planning a Movement.
44: Executing a Movement.
45: Unconscious Action.
46: Mirror Neurons.
47: Emotions and Feelings.
48: The Emotional Brain.
49: Conscious Emotion.
50: Desire and Reward.
51: The Social Brain.
52: Sex, Love, and Survival.
53: Expression.
54: The Self and Others.
55: The Moral Brain.
56: Language and Communication.
57: Gestures and Body Language.
58: The Origins of Language.
59: The Language Areas.
60: A Conversation.
61: Reading and Writing.
62: Memory.
63: The Principles of Memory.
64: The Memory Web.
65: Laying Down a Memory.
66: Recall and Recognition.
67: Unusual Memory.
68: Thinking.
69: Intelligence.
70: Creativity and Humor.
71: Belief and Superstition.
72: Cognitive Illusions.
73: Consciousness.
74: What is Consciousness?.
75: Locating Consciousness.
76: Attention and Consciousness.
77: The Idling Brain.
78: Altering Consciousness.
79: Sleep and Dreams.
80: Time.
81: The Self and Consiousness.
82: The Individual Brain.
83: Nature and Nurture.
84: Influencing the Brain.
85: Personality.
86: Brain Monitoring and Stimulation.
87: Strange Brains.
88: Development and Aging.
89: The Infant Brain.
90: The Adult Brain.
91: The Aging Brain.
92: The Brain of the Future.
93: Diseases and Disorders.
94: The Disordered Brain.
95: Headache and Migraine.
96: Brain Surgery.
Glossary.
Index.
Acknowledgments.