The Human Brain: Inside Your Body's Control Room

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The human brain is one of the most remarkable and fascinating things in the entire universe. The more we learn about it, the more we want to know. Neuroscientists-those who study the brain-have discovered that different parts of the brain control different things. Many now believe that intelligence relies not only on certain brain regions, but also on the connections that link them. Read about this research, plus information on brain injuries, disorders and syndromes affecting the brain, artificial intelligence, ...
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Overview

The human brain is one of the most remarkable and fascinating things in the entire universe. The more we learn about it, the more we want to know. Neuroscientists-those who study the brain-have discovered that different parts of the brain control different things. Many now believe that intelligence relies not only on certain brain regions, but also on the connections that link them. Read about this research, plus information on brain injuries, disorders and syndromes affecting the brain, artificial intelligence, mental illness, and more. Advances in neuroscience are sure to affect your life, perhaps in unexpected ways.
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Gr 4–8—Scientists at Harvard Medical School are developing a "smart" anesthesia that uses chili peppers to target pain-sensing neurons in the brain. With only these neurons shut down, anesthesia used during surgery has the potential to be safer and have fewer negative side effects. Readers will learn about this and other interesting new brain research in this title, which includes a basic discussion of the parts of the brain, their functions, and how neurons send messages throughout the body. Information is also included about the role of the brain during sleep, dreaming, and various emotional states, as well as explanations of the various technologies available to measure brain activity. This is a well-organized, compelling introduction, sure to pique the curiosity of many children. Full-color photographs and illustrations enliven the text. Good for general interest, this title will add depth to science collections, but it is not comprehensive in its scope.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY
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Table of Contents

Message From the Consultant 8

A Diagram of the Brain 9

Timeline: Important Milestones in Neuroscience 10

1 The Very Young Brain 12

How do we learn?

Investigating babies' brains

Understanding sounds

Inside the brain

The cerebellum

The midbrain

The growing, Changing brain

Language learning happens early

Albert Einstein's brain

Neuroscience speeds into the future

2 The Language of Neurons 20

Recording messages from a single cell

The problem with anesthesia

A little bit about neurons

Scratch that itch!

Electric Explosion

Animals and research

Like an anesthetic "smart bomb"

Meet a neuroscientist

3 The Plastic Brain 28

London taxi drivers and "The Knowledge"

Looking into a living brain

Alternative technologies

Seahorsepower

What is memory?

Music and the brain

Keeping your brain fit

The adult brain

4 Sleep and Dreams 36

No time off

Learning in their sleep

How much sleep do people need?

What happens if people don't get enough sleep?

The dreaming brain

To cram or not to cram

5 Happiness and the Brain 42

Mind control!

5 Happy brains of Buddhist meditators

An emotional brain

Happiness is...

Choosing to be happy

Programmed for emotion

6 Operating on the Brain 50

Surgeons reawaken an injured brain

Brain surgery

Ancient brain surgery

Protection for the fragile brain

Surgery for the mugging victim

New reasons for hope

The Years Ahead 58

Glossary 59

Bibliography 60

On the Web 60

Further Reading 60

Index 61

About the Author and Consultant 63

Credits 64

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