The brain ...
There is no other part of the human anatomy that is so intriguing. How does it develop and function and why does it sometimes, tragically, degenerate?
The answers are complex. In Discovering the Brain, science writer Sandra Ackerman cuts through the complexity to bring this vital topic to the public.
The 1990s were declared the "Decade of the Brain" by former President Bush, and the neuroscience community responded with a host of new investigations and conferences. Discovering the Brain is based on the Institute of Medicine conference, Decade of the Brain: Frontiers in Neuroscience and Brain Research.
Discovering the Brain is a "field guide" to the brain--an easy-to-read discussion of the brain's physical structure and where functions such as language and music appreciation lie. Ackerman examines
Ackerman provides an enlightening chapter on the connection between the brain's physical condition and various mental disorders and notes what progress can realistically be made toward the prevention and treatment of stroke and other ailments.
Finally, she explores the potential for major advances during the "Decade of the Brain," with a look at medical imaging techniques--what various technologies can and cannot tell us--and how the public and private sectors can contribute to continued advances in neuroscience.
This highly readable volume will provide the public and policymakers--and many scientists as well--with a helpful guide to understanding the many discoveries that are sure to be announced throughout the "Decade of the Brain."
Table of Contents
|1 The Promise of Neuroscience||1-12|
|2 Major Structures and Functions of the Brain||13-33|
|3 Glimpses of the Living Brain||34-45|
|4 The Role of the Brain in Mental Illness||46-66|
|5 From Chemistry to Circuitry||67-85|
|6 The Development and Shaping of the Brain||86-103|
|7 From Perception to Attention||104-122|
|8 Learning, Recalling, and Thinking||123-144|
|9 Sizing Up the Promise||145-158|
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