Neuroscience For Dummies

Neuroscience For Dummies

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Get on the fast track to understanding neuroscience Investigating how your senses work, how you move, and how you think and feel, Neuroscience For Dummies, 2nd Edition is your straight-forward guide to the most complicated structure known in the universe: the brain. Covering the most recent scientific discoveries and complemented with helpful diagrams and engaging anecdotes that help bring the information to life, this updated edition offers a compelling and plain-English look at how the brain and nervous system function. Simply put, the human brain is an endlessly fascinating subject: it holds the secrets to your personality, use of language, memories, and the way your body operates. In just the past few years alone, exciting new technologies and an explosion of knowledge have transformed the field of neuroscience and this friendly guide is here to serve as your roadmap to the latest findings and research. Packed with new content on genetics and epigenetics and increased coverage of hippocampus and depression, this new edition of Neuroscience For Dummies is an eye-opening and fascinating read for readers of all walks of life.
* Covers how gender affects brain function * Illustrates why some people are more sensitive to pain than others * Explains what constitutes intelligence and its different levels * Offers guidance on improving your learning What is the biological basis of consciousness? How are mental illnesses related to changes in brain function? Find the answers to these and countless other questions in Neuroscience For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 187 x 234 x 21mm | 546g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 1119224896
  • 9781119224891
  • 20,032

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Get on the fast track to understanding neuroscience Understand the brain's structure and function Discover how the brain impacts memory and learning

Understand how the brain works

What's the biological basis of consciousness? Where are memories stored? What is the neural basis of decision-making? If you're studying the brain, behavior, or cognition--or just find these subjects intriguing--this updated guide is for you. Discover fascinating facts about brain structure and function, new technologies and research results, and more!

Inside... How your senses work The latest on genetics Ways to improve learning What constitutes intelligence Easy-to-follow diagrams The role of neurons How we process thoughts Depression and the brain New research on PTSD
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Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part 1: Introducing the Nervous System 5 CHAPTER 1: A Quick Trip through the Nervous System 7 CHAPTER 2: All about the Brain and Spinal Cord 23 CHAPTER 3: Understanding How Neurons Work 51 Part 2: Translating the Internal and External World through Your Senses 69 CHAPTER 4: Feeling Your Way: The Skin Senses 71 CHAPTER 5: Looking at Vision 87 CHAPTER 6: Sounding Off: The Auditory System 109 CHAPTER 7: Odors and Taste 127 Part 3: Moving Right Along: Motor Systems 145 CHAPTER 8: Movement Basics 147 CHAPTER 9: Coordinating Things More: The Spinal Cord and Pathways 159 CHAPTER 10: Planning and Executing Actions 173 CHAPTER 11: Unconscious Actions with Big Implications 191 Part 4: Intelligence: The Thinking Brain and Consciousness 211 CHAPTER 12: Understanding Intelligence, Consciousness, and Emotions 213 CHAPTER 13: How the Brain Processes Thoughts 239 CHAPTER 14: The Executive Brain 259 CHAPTER 15: Learning and Memory 277 CHAPTER 16: Developing and Modifying Brain Circuits: Plasticity 301 CHAPTER 17: Neural Dysfunctions, Mental Illness, and Drugs That Affect the Brain 325 Part 5: The Part of Tens 339 CHAPTER 18: Ten (Or So) Crucial Brain Structures 341 CHAPTER 19: Ten Tricks of Neurons That Make Them Do What They Do 349 CHAPTER 20: Ten Amazing Facts about the Brain 357 CHAPTER 21: Ten Promising Treatments for the Future 367 Index 375
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About Frank Amthor

Frank Amthor is a professor of psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also holds secondary appointments in the UAB Medical School Department of Neurobiology, the School of Optometry, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research is focused on retinal and central visual processing and neural prostheses.
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