Mapping the Mind

Mapping the Mind

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By (author) Rita Carter

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  • Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 196mm x 24mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 12 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0753827956
  • ISBN 13: 9780753827956
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.), col. ports.
  • Sales rank: 71,283

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Brain scans reveal our thoughts, memories - even our moods - as clearly as an X-ray reveals our bones. We can watch a person's brain literally light up as it registers a joke, or glow dully when it recalls an unhappy memory. MAPPING THE MIND shows how these cans can be used to help explain aspects of our behaviour and how behavioural eccentricities can be traced to abnormalities in an individual brain. Dyslexia, for example, may be caused by a short-circuit in the messages converting sound to visual cues; addiction, eating disorders and alcoholism stem from dysfunction in the brain's reward system. In this acclaimed book Rita Carter draws on the latest in brain imaging to give extraordinary insights into how the brain works.

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Rita Carter is a medical writer, contributing to, among others, the INDEPENDENT, NEW SCIENTIST, the DAILY MAIL and the TELEGRAPH. She was twice awarded the Medical Journalists' Association prize for outstanding contribution to medical journalism.

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fascinating stuff BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH It's fascinating to understand how much of our personality is directly related to brain function. -- Daniel Johns, University Bookseller WESTERN MORNING NEWS Well researched...this is a good read for the specialist or general scientist, or anyone inetrested in things of or about the mind. SCHOOL SCIENCE REVIEW