Inside the Brain: Revolutionary Discoveries of how the Mind Works

Inside the Brain: Revolutionary Discoveries of how the Mind Works

by Ronald Kotulak
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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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Booknews
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)
William Beatty
The big news in brain research is plasticity. The brain is no longer seen as a hardwired, self-contained unit. Instead, it is regarded as continuously undergoing physical and chemical changes as it responds to bodily and external environments. Kotulak introduces us to recent studies on both children's and adults' brains that argue that environmental pressures can affect the brain and the genes that help to control its activities. He shows that many previously accepted truths about the brain are not true: for example, the brain does not regularly lose millions of cells as we age; rather, new "communication lines" can be established to take over from nonfunctioning cells. The chapters on damage to the brain and spinal cord by trauma or stroke are among the most encouraging in the book, yet Kotulak writes optimistically and positively throughout.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836210439
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.82(d)

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