Mapping the Mind / Edition 1

Mapping the Mind / Edition 1

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by Rita Carter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520224612

ISBN-13: 9780520224612

Pub. Date: 02/01/2000

Publisher: University of California Press

The latest brain scans reveal our thoughts, moods and memories as clearly as an X-ray reveals our bones. We can watch people's brains light up -- literally -- in one area when they register a joke and glow dully in another area when they recall an unhappy memory. We can see fear being generated, measure the degree of pleasure or surprise felt in response to a…  See more details below

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The latest brain scans reveal our thoughts, moods and memories as clearly as an X-ray reveals our bones. We can watch people's brains light up -- literally -- in one area when they register a joke and glow dully in another area when they recall an unhappy memory. We can see fear being generated, measure the degree of pleasure or surprise felt in response to a statement, and watch the language areas sparkling as they grapple with new words.

Mapping the Mind charts how human behaviour and culture have been molded by the landscape of the brain. It shows how our personalities reflect the biological mechanisms underlying thought and emotion and how behavioural eccentricities may be traced to abnormalities in the geography of an individual brain. Obsessions and compulsions, for example, seem to be caused by a stuck neural switch in a brain area which monitors the environment for danger. Addiction, eating disorders, and alcoholism stem from dysfunction in the brain's reward system. Inability to change one's ideas suggests a lack of activity in the frontal lobes where plans and high-level concepts are constructed. Even belief in God has been linked to activity in a particular brain region. The differences between men's and women's brains and the distinctive characteristics of the brains of people with disorders such as dyslexia, autism, attention deficit, depression, mania, and mood swings are also explored.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520224612
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Acknowledgements 9
The Emerging Landscape 10
The Great Divide 34
Beneath The Surface 54
A Changeable Climate 80
A World Of One's Own 106
Crossing The Chasm 136
States Of Mind 158
Higher Ground 180
References 208
Bibliography 215
Index 221

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