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    Phantoms in the Brain: Human Nature and the Architecture of the Mind (Paperback) By (author) V. S. Ramachandran, By (author) Sandra Blakeslee, Foreword by Oliver Sacks

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    Description'Phantoms in The Brain' takes a revolutionary new approach to theories of the brain, from one of the world's leading experimental neurologists. 'Phantoms in The Brain', using a series of case histories, introduces strange and unexplored mental worlds. Ramachandran, through his research into brain damage, has discovered that the brain is continually organising itself in response to change. A woman maintains that her left arm is not paralysed, a young man loses his right arm in a motorcycle accident, yet he continues to feel a phantom arm with vivid sensation of movement. In a series of experiments using nothing more than Q-tips and dribbles of warm water the young man helped Ramachandran discover how the brain is remapped after injury. Ramachandran believes that cases such as these illustrate fundamental principles of how the human brain operates. The brain 'needs to create a "script" or a story to make sense of the world, a unified and internally consistent belief system'. Ramachandran's radical new approach will have far-reaching effects.


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    Title
    Phantoms in the Brain
    Subtitle
    Human Nature and the Architecture of the Mind
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) V. S. Ramachandran, By (author) Sandra Blakeslee, Foreword by Oliver Sacks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 250 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781857028959
    ISBN 10: 1857028953
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ, VSP, MJN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    DC21: 612.82
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000, MED056000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SEL031000
    Libri: B-470
    LC subject heading:
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    FOURTH ESTATE LTD
    Publication date
    20 May 1999
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Dr Vilayanur Ramachandran is professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at UC San Diego. He is a leader in the field of brain research. He has published over 80 papers, edited a 4-volume Encyclopedia of Human Behavior and has appeared on numerous TV programmes. Sandra Blakeslee is an award-winning science writer for the NY Times.
    Review text
    When it works, the combination of an expert scientist and a skilled writer to produce a book about some deep area of research is hard to beat. Phantoms in the Brain is just such a book. Ramachandran is the expert (a professor researching into how the brain works); Blakeslee is the writer (from the New York Times). Their theme is the effort to understand how the brain functions by looking at what happens when it doesn't work properly, not due to mental illness but due to physical damage to different parts of the organ. In particular, how does the nervous system create phantom impressions of things that aren't there? The science is explained with wit and verve. A superb book. (Kirkus UK)