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Mapping the mind

by Carter, Rita, 1949-

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Brentwood Library Nonfiction 612.82 Carter
Location  Brentwood Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  612.82 Carter
 
 
Summary
An illustrated guide to the workings of the brain, combining anecdote, science and cutting-edge images taken using the latest brain scan technology.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Carter, a distinguished English medical journalist, has written a handsome and very accessible book designed to introduce laypeople to contemporary neurochemistry, neurobiology and brain research. Carter shows how this research has traced emotions, impressions, thoughts and behaviors‘from tasting a sprig of thyme to solving a math problem to killing an intruder‘to particular parts of the brain. Descriptions of normal brain function are interspersed with details about the research and about extraordinary, illuminating cases: of the woman to whom the name "Richard" tasted like chocolate, of the man who tried to have sex with a sidewalk. Readers learn that sense-data from the eyes and ears go first to the thalamus; that falling in love may be caused by a single chemical called oxytocin; and that one thinker, Itzhak Fried, has hypothesized "syndrome E," a neurobiological disorder, in young men who carry out genocides. Mixing established knowledge with new speculations, Carter takes care to tell readers which is which. She strews her text with bright diagrams and pictures, and avoids specialized or technical language: readers of Scientific American, or even of Oliver Sacks, may find themselves wishing for more detail. Carter seems to be writing for adults and teens who don't know the field and want to learn it, and she does it right. Short inset essays (some by distinguished scientists, others by Carter) address such specific topics as the chemistry of drug addiction, the origins of autism and alleged differences between gay and straight brains. 100 color & 50 b&w illustrations. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Neurophysiology.
Psychophysiology.
Human information processing.
Publisher London :Phoenix,2000
Contributors Frith, Christopher D.
Language English
Notes Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998.
Description 372 pages : illustrations (some color), portrait ; 20 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0753810190
9780753810194
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