Cerebrum 2009: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science

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New advances in brain science will directly affect our lives, from the courtroom to the classroom to the living room. Cerebrum has long been the leading magazine for distilling these developments into concise, intelligent prose accessible to a general reader; as a result, its articles by scientists and scholars are often cited in prominent publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. Assembled here is a new array of articles from Cerebrum?s Web edition that collects the ...

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Overview

New advances in brain science will directly affect our lives, from the courtroom to the classroom to the living room. Cerebrum has long been the leading magazine for distilling these developments into concise, intelligent prose accessible to a general reader; as a result, its articles by scientists and scholars are often cited in prominent publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. Assembled here is a new array of articles from Cerebrum’s Web edition that collects the most cutting-edge developments in brain science in one essential volume.

            The featured articles offer thought-provoking analyses and expert perspectives on such topics as the causes and effects of identity disorder, the dangers of unidentified traumatic brain injury, and explanations for why the mind is sometimes foggy after heart surgery.  Other timely articles explore the brain and politics, conflicts of interest in science, the use of the technology to map brain connections, and the pros and cons of screening for childhood disorders. Top scientists and scholars—including neuroscientist Guy McKhann, computational neuroscientist Sebastian Seung, developmental psychologist Jerome Kagan, and neurologist Stephen L. Hauser—clearly and concisely explain these and many other exciting and pertinent developments. In addition, the foreword by Thomas R. Insel, M.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health, offers a fascinating way of conceptualizing psychological disorders as disorders of the brain.

            An absorbing and readable compendium, Cerebrum 2009 provides vital insight into the cognitive human condition and shows how advances in medicine and neuroscience can help us lead longer, healthier lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932594447
  • Publisher: Dana Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Insel, M.D., has served as director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) since 2002.  Under Insel's leadership, NIMH has been focused on applying insights from neuroscience and genetics research to counter the problems of people with serious mental disorders.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Thomas R. Insel ix

Articles

1 Coming Apart: Trauma and The Fragmentation of The Self David Spiegel 1

2 Your Brain and Heart Surgery Guy McKhann Brenda Patoine 13

3 Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Hope In Depression Jamie Talan 23

4 A Road Paved By Reason Elizabeth Norton Lasley 33

5 The Political Brain Geoffrey K. Aguirre 47

6 A Wound Obscure, Yet Serious: Consequences of Unidentified Traumatic Brain Injury are Often Severe Wayne Gordon 57

7 Connectomics: Tracing The Wires Of The Brain Sebastian Seung 67

8 The Meaning of Psychological Abnormality Jerome Kagan 79

9 The Impact of Modern Neuroscience on Treatment of Parolees: Ethical Considerations in Using Pharmacology to Prevent Addiction Relapse Richard J. Bonnie Donna T. Chen Charles P. O'Brien 89

10 Working Later in Life May Facilitate Neural Health Denise C. Park 103

11 Managing Conflicting Interests in Medical Journal Publishing Adam F. Stewart S. Claiborne Johnston Stephen L. Hauser 111

12 Pediatric Screening and the Public Good Jennifer Kwon Richard H. Dees 121

A Cerebrum Classic

13 Discovering That Rational Economic Man Has a Heart Lee Alan Dugatkin 131

Book Reviews

14 The Quest for Longer Life Mortal Coil: A Short History of Living Longer By David Boyd Haycock Mark P. Mattson 147

15 The Brain, From Atom to Soul A Portrait of the Brian By Adam Zeman Lewis P. Rowland 155

16 Memoirs About Memory: Too Much Versus Too Little By Sue Halpern By Jill Price with Bart Davis Suzanne Corkin 161

Endnotes 169

Index 177

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