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Overview

Did you know that listening to music tunes up your brain? Or that certain foods can help maintain mental fitness? Or that exercise can keep both body and mind in good shape? Delving into the science behind these strategies, Brain goes even deeper to reveal the brain’s inner workings.

Overseen by distinguished neuropsychiatrist Dr. Richard Restak, Brainis both a practical owner’s manual and a complete guide to the brain’s development and function. Its pages explore not only the brain’s physical form—its 100 billion nerve cells and near-infinite network of synapses—but also its interactions that regulate every thought and action. Brainfeatures the latest discoveries about improving and optimizing mental acuity right alongside sidebars on breakthrough moments in neuroscience. Explained here also are the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of the brain, addressed in accessible, engaging language.

Combining the latest advances in our understanding of the mind-body connection and ongoing research into such diseases as dementia, depression, and PTSD, Brainis an indispensable guide to mens sana in corpore sano—at every stage of life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426205477
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 11/17/2009
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 11.14 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael S. Sweeney is chair of the Journalism Department at Logan State University in Utah. He is the author of several books including National Geographic Complete Survival Manual.

Richard Restak, M.D. is a neuropsychiatrist and clinical professor at George Washington University. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Brain and the host for the acclaimed PBS series The Brain.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Amazing Brain 1

Knowing Itself 2

Nerve Cells 10

Anatomy 18

Looking Inside 24

Ch. 2 The Nervous System 32

In Harmony 34

Messengers 42

Delicate Balance 52

Ch. 3 Brain Development 64

Evolution 66

A New Brain 72

Waves of Changes 84

Maturity 92

Ch. 4 The Senses 98

Perception 100

Sights & Sounds 106

Smell & Taste 116

Touch 122

Integration 128

Ch. 5 Motion 134

Brain in Action 136

Silent Running 146

Shared Roles 152

Motion Sickness 160

Ch. 6 States of Mind 168

Daily Routines 170

Awareness 178

Brain at Rest 186

Altered States 198

Ch. 7 The Feeling Brain 204

Emotions 206

Dark Emotions 214

Good Feelings 220

Impacts of Loss 228

Ch. 8 Learning & Memory 234

Learning 236

A Memory Forms 246

Language 258

Ch. 9 The Aging Brain 266

Mature Minds 268

Brain Changes 278

Living Longer 290

Epilogue Future of the Brain 296

New Intelligence 298

Social Shifts 302

Better Brains 306

Brain Medicine 310

Next Steps 314

Glossary 318

Index 326

Further Reading 338

Photo Credits 340

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