The Evolving Brain

Author: R. Grant Steen
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1615923594
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Steen...frames this book in the context of how the brain evolved, but also very coherently presents an up-to-date, critical review of current research in neuroscience....[He] includes a fascinating discussion of current research on neurogenesis and the potential benefits of research on neural stem cells for a variety of psychiatric disorders. He addresses current government restriction of access to neural stem cells, which is severely hampering research in this area.....This book is an excellent resource for graduate students and researchers in neuroscience, psychiatry, and related fields who need an update on current research in the area or who are striving to conceptualize how their own research fits into a larger conceptual model of brain functions....Highly recommended.--Choice[The author] is on the cutting edge of cognition here, stepping out in front of the scientific pack in dealing with the role that creativity plays in innovation and complexity. He coyly joins the mind and brain in such a way that encourages the reader to consider the possibilities of the human adventure....Steen's well-thought-out embrace of a working partnership between the [mental and the biological] in the pursuit of complexity is absolutely refreshing - brain studies at its very best!--Biology DigestThe human brain is arguably the most complex object in the universe. With about 100 billion neurons, each of which makes perhaps 10,000 synapses, our incredible central processing unit is capable of roughly 1,000 trillion interconnections.What do scientists know about how this amazingly complex organ functions? Is it even possible to unravel all of its mysteries? In this comprehensive book on the science of the brain, distinguished neurophysiologist R. Grant Steen provides us with a crash course on how the brain works. As a researcher on the forefront of brain studies, Dr. Steen explores the latest findings on a host of topics:?Consciousness, unconsciousness, and brain death?Learning, memory, and role of genes?Motivation, aggression, and the range of emotions?The plasticity of the growing brain?Mental illness and treatmentHe also delves into such stimulating questions as: Where does creativity come from? What is personality? Can we distinguish between the brain and the mind?Impressive in breadth and depth, yet written with clarity in an engaging, nontechnical style, this fascinating tour of the brain provides the general reader with the latest information on one of the most intriguing and burgeoning areas of scientific research. No topic has more meaning or relevance than using our brains to understand the working of our own minds.R. Grant Steen, Ph.D. (Chapel Hill, NC) is a neurophysiologist and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill. He has authored or edited four books including the highly acclaimed DNA & Destiny: Nature and Nurture in Human Behavior, in addition to nearly seventy research papers.

Evolution Of The Human Diet

Author: Peter S. Ungar
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195183460
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Diet is key to understanding the ecology and evolution of our distant ancestors and thier kin, the early hominins. An appreciation of the range of foods eaten by our progenitorsalso underscores just how unhealthy many of our diets are today.

The Accidental Mind

Author: David J. Linden
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674076613
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Linden sets the record straight about the construction of the human brain; rather than the “beautifully-engineered optimized device, the absolute pinnacle of design” portrayed in many dumbed-down text books, pop-science tomes, and education televisions programs, Linden’s organ is a complicated assembly of cobbled-together functionality that created the mind as a by-product of ad-hoc solutions to questions of survival. His guided tour of the glorious amalgam of “crummy parts” includes pit-stops in the histories and fundamentals of neurology, neural-psychology, physiology, molecular and cellular biology, and genetics.

The Evolving Brain

Author: C. H. Vanderwolf
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387342303
Size: 63.84 MB
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This book presents a series of essays on neuroscientific aspects of human nature and instinctive behavior, individually acquired (learned) behavior, human bipedal locomotion, voluntary movement, and the general problem of how the brain controls behavior. The author argues that concepts of the mind based on ancient Greek philosophy are past usefulness, and that modern animal behavior studies provide a better guide to the functional organization of the brain.

The Great Unknown

Author: Marcus du Sautoy
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735221812
Size: 72.89 MB
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“An engaging voyage into some of the great mysteries and wonders of our world." --Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dream and The Accidental Universe “No one is better at making the recondite accessible and exciting.” —Bill Bryson Brain Pickings and Kirkus Best Science Book of the Year Every week seems to throw up a new discovery, shaking the foundations of what we know. But are there questions we will never be able to answer—mysteries that lie beyond the predictive powers of science? In this captivating exploration of our most tantalizing unknowns, Marcus du Sautoy invites us to consider the problems in cosmology, quantum physics, mathematics, and neuroscience that continue to bedevil scientists and creative thinkers who are at the forefront of their fields. At once exhilarating, mind-bending, and compulsively readable, The Great Unknown challenges us to consider big questions—about the nature of consciousness, what came before the big bang, and what lies beyond our horizons—while taking us on a virtuoso tour of the great breakthroughs of the past and celebrating the men and women who dared to tackle the seemingly impossible and had the imagination to come up with new ways of seeing the world.

Man The Known And Man The Unknown

Author: Swami Ranganathananda
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1312161175
Size: 24.68 MB
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The study of man is a fascinating subject. There is a growing interest worldwide to understand what really constitutes a human being. With new and fresh researches made in the field of medicine and neurology people want to know more and more of how these can be related to the concept of a human being as given in the Upanishads and other spiritual classics. This ever-growing and ever-widening area of study is the subject matter of this book.

Evolving Brains

Author: John Allman
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
ISBN: 9780716760382
Size: 42.53 MB
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How did the human brain with all its manifold capacities evolve from basic functions in simple organisms that lived nearly a billion years ago? John Allman addresses this question in Evolving Brains, a provocative study of brain evolution that introduces readers to some of the most exciting developments in science in recent years.

The Master And His Emissary

Author: Iain McGilchrist
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 030014878X
Size: 67.91 MB
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Why is the brain divided? The difference between right and left hemispheres has been puzzled over for centuries. In a book of unprecedented scope, Iain McGilchrist draws on a vast body of recent brain research, illustrated with case histories, to reveal that the difference is profound—not just this or that function, but two whole, coherent, but incompatible ways of experiencing the world. The left hemisphere is detail oriented, prefers mechanisms to living things, and is inclined to self-interest, where the right hemisphere has greater breadth, flexibility, and generosity. This division helps explain the origins of music and language, and casts new light on the history of philosophy, as well as on some mental illnesses. In the second part of the book, McGilchrist takes the reader on a journey through the history of Western culture, illustrating the tension between these two worlds as revealed in the thought and belief of thinkers and artists, from Aeschylus to Magritte. He argues that, despite its inferior grasp of reality, the left hemisphere is increasingly taking precedence in the modern world, with potentially disastrous consequences. This is truly a tour de force that should excite interest in a wide readership.

Computational Neurogenetic Modeling

Author: Lubica Benuskova
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387483559
Size: 57.97 MB
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This is a student text, introducing the scope and problems of a new scientific discipline - Computational Neurogenetic Modeling (CNGM). CNGM is concerned with the study and development of dynamic neuronal models for modeling brain functions with respect to genes and dynamic interactions between genes. These include neural network models and their integration with gene network models. This new area brings together knowledge from various scientific disciplines.