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Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition

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An examination of what makes us human and unique among all creatures—our brains.

No reader curious about our “little grey cells” will want to pass up Harvard neuroscientist John E. Dowling’s brief introduction to the brain. In this up-to-date revision of his 1998 book Creating Mind, Dowling conveys the essence and vitality of the field of neuroscience—examining the progress we’ve made in understanding how brains work, and shedding light on discoveries having to do with aging, mental illness, and brain health. The first half of the book provides the nuts-and-bolts necessary for an up-to-date understanding of the brain. Covering the general organization of the brain, early chapters explain how cells communicate with one another to enable us to experience the world. The rest of the book touches on higher-level concepts such as vision, perception, language, memory, emotion, and consciousness. Beautifully illustrated and lucidly written, this introduction elegantly reveals the beauty of the organ that makes us uniquely human.

Cover:
Hardback
Edition Number:
1
ISBN:
9780393712575
Pages:
256
Author:
Dowling John E
Publisher:
NORTON
Release Year:
2018

John E. Dowling is professor emeritus at Harvard University, and has done extensive research into the neurobiology of vision. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Part I - Cellular Neurobiology: The Nuts and Bolts

1. THE UNIQUENESS OF THE BRAIN

2. BRAIN SIGNALS

3. NEUROMODULATION, DRUGS, AND THE BRAIN

4. SENSING THE WORLD

Part Two - Systems Neuroscience: Getting and Behaviors

5. SIMPLER NERVOUS SYSTEMS

6. VERTEBRATE BRAINS

7. VISION: WINDOW TO THE BRAIN

Part III - Cognitive Science: Higher Brain Function and Mind

8. FROM BRAIN TO MIND: VISUAL PERCEPTION

9. THE DYNAMIC BRAIN: DEVELOPMENT AND PLASTICITY

10. LANGUAGE AND BRAIN IMAGING

11. REMEMBERING THINGS: LEARNING AND MEMORY

12. THE EMOTIONAL BRAIN: RATIONALITY

13. CONSCIOUSNESS

GLOSSARY

FURTHER READING

INDEX

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