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Jay N. Giedd"In Hercules battle with the Hydra, each time he lopped off one of the mighty monster's nine heads two heads grew back in its place. Scientists studying the brain struggle with a similar dilemma as research advances answering one question seem to generate two more new questions, each more challenging than the original. In The Evolving Brain, esteemed neuroscientist R. Grant Steen takes on the Hydra with a broad synthesis of our current understanding of how the brain works as well as elucidating the unanswered questions at the forefront of research. From a clear description of the mechanics of single cells, through the nature of interactions among those cells that leads to behavior and consciousness, and to the mechanisms and forces that shape individual differences amongst us, Dr. Steen takes us on a journey of emerging complexity that carries implications for society and the future of our species. The result is a fact filled but highly readable book that is sure to inform and stimulate the curiosity of all who have wondered about the three pound mass of tissue responsible for all that we think, all that we feel, all that we do, and all that we are. "
—MD, Chief, Brain Imaging Unit Child Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health