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Mapping the mind

by Carter, Rita, 1949-

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction RC386.6.B7 C37 2010
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  RC386.6.B7 C37 2010
 
 
Summary
Today a brain scan reveals our thoughts and moods as clearly as an X-ray reveals our bones. We can actually observe a person's brain registering a joke or experiencing a painful memory. In Mapping the Mind, award-winning journalist Rita Carter draws on the latest imaging technology and science to chart how human behavior and personality reflect the biological mechanisms behind thought and emotion. This acclaimed book, a complete visual guide to the coconut-sized, wrinkled gray mass we carry around inside our heads, has now been completely revised and updated throughout. Among many other topics, Carter explores obsessions and addictions, the differences between men's and women's brains, and memory.

* Comprehensively updated for this edition with the latest research, case studies, and contributions from distinguished scientists

* Addresses recent controversies over behavior prediction and prevention

* Includes new information on mirror neurons, unconscious cognition, and abnormalities in attention spans
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 Brain mapping -- Popular works.
Publisher Berkeley :University of California Press,2010
Edition Rev. and updated ed.
Contributors Frith, Christopher D.
Language English
Description 224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 216-219) and index.
ISBN 9780520266285
0520266285
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