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Inside the Brain: Revolutionary Discoveries of how the Mind Works

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This revised, updated edition of a remarkable, highly praised book takes an in-depth look at the latest scientific findings about this most fascinating human organ. Pulitzer Prize winning author Ronald Kotulak reveals new understandings about how nature builds the brain then develops it during early life. In easy-to-understand text he explains how scientists have changed their once-held belief that brains learn from a preset, unchangeable set of rules.

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Overview

This revised, updated edition of a remarkable, highly praised book takes an in-depth look at the latest scientific findings about this most fascinating human organ. Pulitzer Prize winning author Ronald Kotulak reveals new understandings about how nature builds the brain then develops it during early life. In easy-to-understand text he explains how scientists have changed their once-held belief that brains learn from a preset, unchangeable set of rules.

Perhaps most important, this enlightening book explores how the brain gets damaged and how the brain heals itself. The implications are staggering for the millions suffering from Alzheimer's, brain injury, or alcoholism.

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Looks at the latest findings in brain research, based on interviews with some 300 researchers and on the author's Pulitzer Prize winning series of articles in the Chicago Tribune. Explains in easy-to- understand language how nature builds the brain, how it develops, how it undergoes constant physical changes in response to environment, and how it can be damaged by trauma, alcohol, and environmental threats. Discusses how aggression is triggered in the brain, and ways to keep the brain healthy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836232899
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Series: Hungry Traveler Ser.
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 936,893
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction ix
Part 1 How the Brain Gets Built
1 Revealing the Secrets of the Brain 3
2 Mental Workouts and Brain Power 12
3 How the Brain Learns to Talk 26
4 The Effect of Violence and Stress on Kids' Brains 37
5 Averting Retardation through IQ Boosts 49
Part 2 How the Brain Gets Damaged
6 Tracking Down the Monster within Us 65
7 How the Brain's Chemistry Unleashes Violence 74
8 Why Some Kids Turn Violent 84
9 New Drugs That Fight Violence 95
10 How Alcohol Causes Craving 108
11 Alcohol and the Brain's Reward Center 117
Part 3 How the Brain Fixes Itself
12 Repair and Renewal 129
13 Keys to Better Memory 140
14 Chemicals That Fix the Brain 149
15 Keeping the Brain Sharp as We Age 160
16 Reversing Stroke and Spinal Cord Damage 173
Epilogue 187
Bibliography 201
Index 213
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2002

    SEROTONIN HIGH

    If you want to read with 'easy to read terms' about the brain, this is the book to read. It is fascinating! It is so well balanced between genetics and the enviroment. A must read for every parent!!!

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