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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: This book covers the exciting work being done in the area of brain rhythms and oscillatory sequences. It explains current knowledge on the origins of brain rhythms, the different types of rhythms, and the effect of experience on these oscillations.
Purpose: The intention of this book is to provide information on the multiple oscillatory networks that operate throughout the brain. It focuses on how complicated processes can occur in a coordinated fashion through specific brain rhythms and specially designed brain structures.
Audience: The author states that this book is geared towards a "general audience." While it's not quite that broad or accessible, it certainly is appropriate for psychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, and readers interested in brain development. The book does not require a graduate level education to be comprehendible, but some background in neurophysiology would be helpful. The author is a credible source.
Features: The way in which structure defines function in the brain is the first topic the book tackles. It progresses through chapters on the different types of brain rhythms, excitation versus inhibition, complex systems of rhythms, and the changes in rhythms that occur with learning. Later chapters address hippocampal-specific rhythms that are related to episodic and semantic memory, as well as landmark navigation. The final chapter addresses difficult problems in this field. Each chapter is divided into subsections and ends with a concise summary of the chapter contents. Although there are figures designed to summarize the data, they can be confusing and the print quality leaves something to be desired. A book of this type would be well served by a companion CD-ROM that provides actual brain slices, full color pictures, and animated sequences to demonstrate the principles being described.
Assessment: This is definitely an intriguing book that provides a comprehensive review of current knowledge on brain rhythms. It also provides new insights from the author's perspective on related topics. It is not, however, appropriate for a "general audience" in the typical style of Oliver Sacks. It requires at least a basic background in neurophysiology and familiarity with the notations, figures, and terminology of cognitive neuroscience. Nevertheless, for those at more advanced levels, this book is worth the time.