The New York Times Book of the Brain: Revised and Expanded

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For more than twenty years, the Science Times section of The New York Times has been the source of cutting-edge scientific information for readers throughout the world. The award-winning Times writers place the latest research in context and, with lucid analyses, take readers beyond the headlines toward real understanding. The New York Times Book of the Brain is a superb volume with chapters on senses, emotions, mood, memory, language, consciousness, dreams, medicine, and much more. Articles illuminate recent key...
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Overview

For more than twenty years, the Science Times section of The New York Times has been the source of cutting-edge scientific information for readers throughout the world. The award-winning Times writers place the latest research in context and, with lucid analyses, take readers beyond the headlines toward real understanding. The New York Times Book of the Brain is a superb volume with chapters on senses, emotions, mood, memory, language, consciousness, dreams, medicine, and much more. Articles illuminate recent key discoveries about the physiology, psychology, and neurology of our most vital organ. How is it that we learn? How does the brain make sense of our world? How do children's brains develop? What goes awry in trauma and mental illness? How does the brain repair itself and compensate? What is the nature of consciousness? These and hundreds of other mysteries are plumbed in The New York Times Book of the Brain. Anyone with an interest in the mysteries and wonders of the brain and mind will find this collection indispensable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585745326
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: New York Times
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Making Sense of the Senses
Powerhouse of Senses, Smell, at Last Gets Its Due 9
Brain Locates Source of a Sound with Temporal, Not Spatial, Clues 15
Seeing and Imagining: Clues to the Workings of the Mind's Eye 19
Brain Yields Clues to Its Visual Maps 25
A Separate Pathway Slowly Carries a Caress to the Brain's Attention 31
How Do You Stop Agonizing Pain in an Arm That No Longer Exists? A Scientist Does It with Mirrors 33
2 The Machinery of Mood and Emotions
Tracing the Brain's Pathways for Linking Emotion and Reason 39
New Kind of Memory Found to Preserve Moments of Emotion 45
Brain Study Examines Rare Woman 49
People Haunted by Anxiety Appear to Be Short on a Gene 52
Provoking a Patient's Worst Fears to Determine the Brain's Role 55
How Brain May Weigh the World with Simple Dopamine System 61
Brain Images of Addiction in Action Show Its Neural Basis 67
Does Testosterone Equal Aggression? Maybe Not 72
The Brain Manages Happiness and Sadness in Different Centers 78
3 The Making of Memories
"Hole" in Tumor Patient's Memory Reveals Brain's Odd Filing System 85
Brain's Memory System Comes into Focus 89
In Research Scans, Telltale Signs Sort False Memories from True 95
Biologists Find Site of Working Memory 99
Severe Trauma May Damage the Brain as Well as the Psyche 103
Doctors Record Signals of Brain Cells Linked to Memory 108
Very Smart Fruit Flies Yield Clues to the Molecular Basis of Memory 111
Two Studies Suggest Sleep Is Vital in Consolidating Memories 115
4 Language and the Brain
Traffic Jams in Brain Networks May Result in Verbal Stumbles 121
Workings of Split Brain Challenge Notions of How Language Evolved 127
"Glasses for the Ears" Easing Children's Language Woes 131
Linguists Debate Study Classifying Language as Innate Human Skill 137
Chimp Talk Debate: Is It Really Language? 142
5 Growing a Mind
Studies Show Talking with Infants Shapes Basis of Ability to Think 152
In Brain's Early Growth, Timetable May Be Crucial 158
Finding Elusive Factors That Help Wire Up Brain 164
Evolution of Tabby Cat Mapped in Brain Study 169
Rare Gene Flaw May Help Explain Shaping of Brain in Womb 174
A Brain Cell Surprise: Genes Don't Set Function 178
6 Daily Rhythms and Sleep
Modern Life Suppresses an Ancient Body Rhythm 185
A Mouse Helps Explain What Makes Us Tick 191
Scientists Report the Discovery of a Brain "Switch" That Brings on Sleep 194
Mystery of Sleep Yields as Studies Reveal Immune Tie 197
7 Sexual Differences in the Brain
Man's World, Woman's World? Brain Studies Point to Differences 205
Study Links Brain to Transsexuality 211
Report Suggests Homosexuality Is Linked to Genes 214
8 The Nature of Dreams and Consciousness
Nerve Cell Rhythm May Be Key to Consciousness 221
Clues to the Irrational Nature of Dreams 226
How the Brain Might Work: A New Theory of Consciousness 232
The Conscious Mind Is Still Baffling to Experts of All Stripes 238
9 The Latest from the Field
Joe Z. Tsien; Of Smart Mice and an Even Smarter Man 247
"Rewired" Ferrets Overturn Theories of Brain Growth 252
When People See a Sound and Hear a Color 256
A Decade of Discovery Yields a Shock About the Brain 261
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