The Root of Thought: Unlocking Glia: The Brain Cell That Will Help Us Sharpen Our Wits, Heal Injury, and Treat Brain Disease

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Until recently, neuroscientists thought glial cells did little more than hold your brain together. But in the past few years, they've discovered that glial cells are extraordinarily important. In fact, they may hold the key to understanding intelligence, treating psychiatric disorders and brain injuries and perhaps even curing fatal conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Lou Gehrig's Disease. In The Root of Thought, leading neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Koob reveals what we've learned about these remarkable ...

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The Root of Thought: Unlocking Glia--the Brain Cell That Will Help Us Sharpen Our Wits, Heal Injury, and Treat Brain Disease

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Overview

Until recently, neuroscientists thought glial cells did little more than hold your brain together. But in the past few years, they've discovered that glial cells are extraordinarily important. In fact, they may hold the key to understanding intelligence, treating psychiatric disorders and brain injuries and perhaps even curing fatal conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Lou Gehrig's Disease. In The Root of Thought, leading neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Koob reveals what we've learned about these remarkable cells, from their unexpected role in information storage to their function as adult stem cells that can keep your brain growing and adapting longer than scientists ever imagined possible. Ranging from fruit flies to Einstein, Koob reveals the surprising correlation between intelligence and the brain's percentage of glial cells - and why these cells' unique wavelike communications may be especially conducive to the fluid information processing human beings depend upon. You'll learn how crucial glial cells grow and develop... why almost all brain tumors are comprised of glial cells and the potential implications for treatment... even the apparent role of glial cells in your every thought and dream!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137151714
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2009
  • Series: FT Press Science Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 840,662
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew Koob graduated from Northwestern University in 1998 and from Purdue University with a Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2005. After graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in pediatric neurosurgery at Dartmouth College, followed by positions as a postdoctoral fellow for research in Parkinson’s Disease at the University of California, San Diego, and as a researcher in molecular neurogenetics at the University of Munich, Germany.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Cities and Highways 1

Chapter 2: Dust Settles on the Battlefield 5

Chapter 3: I Sing the Body Electric 15

Chapter 4: Meet the Astrocyte 29

Chapter 5: Riding the Calcium Wave 41

Chapter 6: Hey Neuron, It’s Me, Glia 55

Chapter 7: Developing Relationships 65

Chapter 8: The Time Machine 77

Chapter 9: Sing a New Song 89

Chapter 10: Albert Einstein’s Abundant Astrocytes 99

Chapter 11: I Dream of Glia 111

Chapter 12: Gliadegenerative Disease 121

Chapter 13: Don’t Insult Me 133

Chapter 14: The Seething Breeding Glioma 145

Chapter 15: Cities and Highways Revisited 155

Acknowledgments 159

About the Author 161

Index 163

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

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    Highly Recommended.

    Fascinating exploration of new information on how the brain operates, as well as a history of brain research, which has emphasized neuronal function and discounted glia activity even though glia comprise 90 percent of brain tissue. The politics and faith of orthodox science comes into question as well. Objectivity pales under the pressure to conform.

    This is a good book to keep to see where brain research travels in the future.

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