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

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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by Andrew Koob
     
 

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Discover the Other 90% of Your Brain

  • Learn about brain science breakthroughs that might hold the key to intelligence, creativity, and imagination.
  • Discover amazing cells that keep your brain growing, adapting, and healing.
  • Preview possible breakthroughs for brain cancer, brain trauma, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and

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Discover the Other 90% of Your Brain

  • Learn about brain science breakthroughs that might hold the key to intelligence, creativity, and imagination.
  • Discover amazing cells that keep your brain growing, adapting, and healing.
  • Preview possible breakthroughs for brain cancer, brain trauma, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even schizophrenia.

If you know anything about brains, you’ve heard of neurons. Those are the cells that have long been seen as central to virtually everything your brain thinks, feels, and does. But neurons represent only 10% of your brain cells.


What does the other 90% do?

Until recently, scientists didn’t have a clue. Now, they’re discovering the real function of those long-neglected glial cells–and the story is nothing short of amazing.

In The Root of Thought, brain scientist Andrew Koob reveals that story. You’ll learn what glial cells are, how they function, and how they might help explain everything from intelligence and creativity to imagination and dreams. Then, Koob reveals the tantalizing clues about glial cells that could eventually lead to cures for brain injury, psychiatric disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and even brain cancer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780138006273
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
06/03/2009
Series:
FT Press Science
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
939 KB

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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The Root of Thought: Unlocking Glia: The Brain Cell That Will Help Us Sharpen Our Wits, Heal Injury, and Treat Brain Disease 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
the_curious_reader More than 1 year ago
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.