The 1st illustrated guide to the new science of the brain, combining anecdote, science and cutting edge images of the brain at work, in a cross between Oliver Sacks and Man Watching. The latest brain scan reveal our thoughts, memories- even our moods. You can watch a persons brain light up as a joke is registered and see fear generated. ...
The 1st illustrated guide to the new science of the brain, combining anecdote, science and cutting edge images of the brain at work, in a cross between Oliver Sacks and Man Watching. The latest brain scan reveal our thoughts, memories- even our moods. You can watch a persons brain light up as a joke is registered and see fear generated. Mapping the Mind shows how these findings can be used as a basis for explaining aspects of our culture and behaviour, and how behavioural eccentricities can be traced to abnormalities in the geography of an individual brain: autism appears to be a breakdown in the are of the brain that governs empathy, dyslexia may be caused by a short circuit in the messages converting sound to visual cues. Then the structural differences in male and female brains, and the extroadinary pre-birth moulding which creates them, are explored as we begin to discover what makes us as we are.
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-01-11 Carter, a distinguished English medical journalist, has written a handsome and very accessible book designed to introduce laypeople to contemporary neurochemistry, neurobiology and brain research. Carter shows how this research has traced emotions, impressions, thoughts and behaviorsæfrom tasting a sprig of thyme to solving a math problem to killing an intruderæto particular parts of the brain. Descriptions of normal brain function are interspersed with details about the research and about extraordinary, illuminating cases: of the woman to whom the name "Richard" tasted like chocolate, of the man who tried to have sex with a sidewalk. Readers learn that sense-data from the eyes and ears go first to the thalamus; that falling in love may be caused by a single chemical called oxytocin; and that one thinker, Itzhak Fried, has hypothesized "syndrome E," a neurobiological disorder, in young men who carry out genocides. Mixing established knowledge with new speculations, Carter takes care to tell readers which is which. She strews her text with bright diagrams and pictures, and avoids specialized or technical language: readers of Scientific American, or even of Oliver Sacks, may find themselves wishing for more detail. Carter seems to be writing for adults and teens who don't know the field and want to learn it, and she does it right. Short inset essays (some by distinguished scientists, others by Carter) address such specific topics as the chemistry of drug addiction, the origins of autism and alleged differences between gay and straight brains. 100 color & 50 b&w illustrations. (Mar.)
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