Starting with a brief history of mankind’s attempts to understand how the brain works, this illustrated guide provides bite-sized summaries of our current understanding of subjects such as memory, addiction and mind mapping. Photos and diagrams help to demonstrate a range of classic experiments, and to clarify the role of neurons, synapses and axons.
The Secret Life of… - 2 Books
Written by experts in their field, the books in 'The Secret Life of...' series break complex subjects down into manageable sections without compromising on clarity. Aimed at older children and adults, the texts are accompanied by numerous photographs, diagrams and entertaining illustrations.The two titles included in this set are: The Secret Life of the Brain (Read more...) The Secret Life of Genes (Read more...)
The Secret Life of the Brain
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Mind
Aiming to explore the mysteries of the cerebrum and offer an insight into human consciousness, Alfred David explains how the brain functions as the interface between our internal and external world. He considers topics including the effects of trauma and emotion, the science behind addiction and the advances made in the relatively new field of neuroscience. Young adult
The Disordered Mind
What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves
Eric R Kandel, recipient of a Nobel Prize for his pioneering research, demonstrates how studies of brain disorders, including autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease, have improved our understanding of the close connections between neurological and psychiatric illnesses. He discusses the ways in which these findings are not only contributing to the development of effective treatments but are also helping to explain the mysterious origins of consciousness and creativity in the intricate interactions of brain cells.
The Secret Life of the Mind
How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides
Mariano Sigman’s bestselling examination of human thought begins by asking how babies communicate, and goes on to explore how we relate to our unconscious mind, what happens when we dream and why the brain is constantly changing. This concise, approachable guide to neuroscience questions how we perceive, reason, feel and communicate, with the aim of better comprehending the inner workings of the human brain and understanding ourselves and others more deeply. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Your Superstar Brain
Unlocking the Secrets of the Human Mind
Combining insights from groundbreaking research with anecdotes from her own life, a neuroscientist here provides an accessible introduction to the evolution and functioning of the human brain. She explains how our personalities, memories and emotions are created, considers the foods, music and activities that can supposedly benefit or harm our intellectual abilities, and examines why our big brains still make bad decisions and reward addictive behaviours.
Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain
This groundbreaking book by a leading neurologist concerns ‘the brain science of emotion’ and ‘its implications for decision-making in general and social behaviour in particular’. Published in 1994, it continues to attract the attention of neuro-scientists, philosophers and the general public with its proposal that reasoning evolved as an extension of the automatic emotional system, and emotion plays multiple roles in the reasoning process.
The Story of You
‘In the brain’s microscopically small circuitry is etched the history and future of our species.’ The neuroscientist David Eagleman looks deeply into what the latest brain science findings mean for our lives. Without presupposing any specialized knowledge, the book challenges readers’ assumptions as it tackles questions such as how we decide, how we perceive reality, who we are, who’s in control and where we are heading as a species.