The Human Brain Book: An Illustrated Guide to Its Structure, Function, and Disorders

The Human Brain Book: An Illustrated Guide to its Structure, Function, and Disorders by Rita Carter 
This award-winning science book uses the latest findings from neuroscience research and brain-imaging technology to take you on a journey into the human brain.

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CGI illustrations and brain MRI scans reveal the brain’s anatomy in unprecedented detail. Step-by-step sequences unravel and simplify the complex processes of brain function, such as how nerves transmit signals, how memories are laid down and recalled, and how we register emotions. The book answers fundamental and compelling questions about the brain: what does it mean to be conscious, what happens when we’re asleep, and are the brains of men and women different?

This is an accessible and authoritative reference book to a fascinating part of the human body. Thanks to improvements in scanning technology, our understanding of the brain is changing quickly. Now in its third edition, The Human Brain Book provides an up-to-date guide to one of science’s most exciting frontiers. With its coverage of more than 50 brain-related diseases and disorders–from strokes to brain tumors and schizophrenia–it is also an essential manual for students and healthcare professionals.

CONTENTS
NO ORDINARY ORGAN
INVESTIGATING THE BRAIN
LANDMARKS IN NEUROSCIENCE
SCANNING THE BRAIN
A JOURNEY THROUGH THE BRAIN
THE BRAIN AND THE BODY
BRAIN FUNCTIONS
THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
THE BRAIN AND THE
NERVOUS SYSTEM
BRAIN SIZE, ENERGY USE,
AND PROTECTION
EVOLUTION
BRAIN ANATOMY
BRAIN STRUCTURES
BRAIN ZONES AND PARTITIONS
THE NUCLEI OF THE BRAIN
THE THALAMUS, HYPOTHALAMUS,
AND PITUITARY GLAND
THE BRAIN STEM AND CEREBELLUM
THE LIMBIC SYSTEM
THE CEREBRAL CORTEX
BRAIN CELLS
NERVE IMPULSES
BRAIN MAPPING
AND SIMULATION
THE SENSES
HOW WE SENSE THE WORLD
THE EYE
THE VISUAL CORTEX
VISUAL PATHWAYS
VISUAL PERCEPTION
SEEING
THE EAR
MAKING SENSE OF SOUND
HEARING
SMELL
PERCEIVING SMELL
TASTE
TOUCH
THE SIXTH SENSE
PAIN SIGNALS
EXPERIENCING PAIN
MOVEMENT AND CONTROL
REGULATION
THE NEUROENDOCRINE
SYSTEM
PLANNING A MOVEMENT
EXECUTING A MOVEMENT
UNCONSCIOUS ACTION
MIRROR NEURONS
EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS
THE EMOTIONAL BRAIN
CONSCIOUS EMOTION
DESIRE AND REWARD
THE SOCIAL BRAIN
SEX, LOVE, AND
SURVIVAL
EXPRESSION
THE SELF AND OTHERS
THE MORAL BRAIN
LANGUAGE AND
COMMUNICATION
GESTURES AND BODY
LANGUAGE
THE ORIGINS OF
LANGUAGE
THE LANGUAGE AREAS
A CONVERSATION
READING AND WRITING
MEMORY
THE PRINCIPLES OF MEMORY
THE MEMORY WEB
LAYING DOWN A MEMORY
RECALL AND RECOGNITION
UNUSUAL MEMORY
THINKING
INTELLIGENCE
CREATIVITY AND HUMOR
BELIEF AND SUPERSTITION
ILLUSIONS
CONSCIOUSNESS
WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS?
LOCATING CONSCIOUSNESS
ATTENTION AND
CONSCIOUSNESS
THE IDLING BRAIN
ALTERING CONSCIOUSNESS
SLEEP AND DREAMS
TIME
THE SELF AND
CONSCIOUSNESS
THE INDIVIDUAL BRAIN
NATURE AND NURTURE
INFLUENCING THE BRAIN
PERSONALITY
BRAIN MONITORING
AND STIMULATION
STRANGE BRAINS
DEVELOPMENT AND AGING
THE INFANT BRAIN
CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
THE ADULT BRAIN
THE AGING BRAIN
THE BRAIN OF THE FUTURE
DISEASES AND DISORDERS
THE DISORDERED BRAIN
DIRECTORY OF DISORDERS
GLOSSARY
INDEX
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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NO ORDINARY ORGAN
The human brain is like nothing else. As organs go, it is not especially
prepossessing—3lb (1.4kg) or so of rounded, corrugated flesh with
a consistency somewhere between jelly and cold butter. It doesn’t
expand and shrink like the lungs, pump like the heart, or secrete
visible material like the bladder. If you sliced off the top of someone’s
head and peered inside, you wouldn’t see much happening at all….

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