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, M.D.
 
Articles
1.  Coming Apart: Trauma and the Fragmentation of the Self
      David Spiegel, M.D.
 
2.  Your Brain and Heart Surgery
     Guy McKhann, M.D., and Brenda Patoine
 
3.  Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Hope in Depression
     Jamie Talan
 
4.  A Road Paved by Reason
     Elizabeth Norton Lasley
 
5.  The Political Brain
     Geoffrey K. Aguirre, M.D., Ph.D.
 
6.  A Wound Obscure, Yet Serious: Consequences of Unidentified Traumatic Brain Injury Are Often Severe
     Wayne Gordon, Ph.D.
 
7.  Connectomics: Tracing the Wires of the Brain
     Sebastian Seung, Ph.D.
 
8.  The Meaning of Psychological Abnormality
     Jerome Kagan, Ph.D.
 
9.  The Impact of Modern Neuroscience On Treatment of Parolees: Ethical Considerations in Using Pharmacology to Prevent Addiction Relapse
     Richard J. Bonnie, J.D., Donna T. Chen, M.D., M.P.H., and Charles P. O'Brien, M.D., Ph.D.
 
10. Working Later in Life May Facilitate Neural Health
      Denise C. Park, Ph.D.
 
11.  Managing Conflicting Interests in Medical Journal Publishing
      Adam F. Stewart, S. Claiborne Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., and Stephen L. Hauser, M.D.
 
12. Pediatric Screening and the Public Good
     Jennifer Kwon, M.D., M.P.H., and Richard H. Dees, Ph.D.
 
A Cerebrum Classic
13.  Discovering That Rational Economic Man Has a Heart
      Lee Alan Dugatkin, Ph.D.
 
Book Reviews
14. The Quest for a Longer Life
      Mortal Coil: A Short History of Living Longer by David Boyd Haycock
      Reviewed by Mark P. Mattson, Ph.D.
 
15.  The Brain, From Atom to Soul
      A Portrait of the Brain by Adam Zeman
      Reviewed by Lewis P. Rowland, M.D.
 
16.  Memoirs About Memory: Too Much Versus Too Little
      Can't Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research
      by Sue Halpern
    
      The Woman Who Can't Forget by Jill Price with Bart Davis
 
      Reviewed by Suzanne Corkin, Ph.D.
 
Endnotes
Index

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