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The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Michael O'Shea

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 109mm x 168mm x 13mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192853929
  • ISBN 13: 9780192853929
  • Illustrations note: 19 halftones and line drawings
  • Sales rank: 39,246

Product description

How does the brain work? How different is a human brain from other creatures' brains? Is the human brain still evolving? In this fascinating book, Michael O'Shea provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research, and gives a sense of how neuroscience addresses questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind. Chapters tackle subjects such as brain processes, perception, memory, motor control and the causes of 'altered mental states'. A final section discusses possible future developments in neuroscience, touching on artificial intelligence, gene therapy, the importance of the Human Genome Project, drugs by design, and transplants. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Michael O'Shea is Director of the Sussex Centre for Neuroscience in Sussex. This is his first trade book.

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'O'Shea writes with real enthusiasm.' The Guardian

Table of contents

1. Mind and brain: what's the problem? ; 2. Let's get physical ; 3. Sight, sound, and imagination ; 4. "Last week's potatoes!" ; 5. Perception to action ; 6. Altered states of mind ; 7. Where do we go from here?