The Scientific American Brave New Brain: How Neuroscience, Brain-Machine Interfaces, Neuroimaging, Psychopharmacology, Epigenetics, the Internet, and Our Own Minds are Stimulating and Enhancing the Future of Mental Power / Edition 1

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Overview

The Scientific American Brave New Brain offers afast-forward look at what's in store for our brains in the verynear future—a world where science fiction becomes sciencefact.

Lightning-quick advances in neuroscience are bringing amazingtreatments and startling predictions of what we can expect to bothbetter and boost our brains. This remarkable book reveals what liesahead over the next few decades and what exists now in braintreatments with biochemistry, drugs, computers, electricaltreatments, stem cells, brain chips, and genemanipulation—and the legal, ethical, and moral fallout of allthis change and progress.

The Scientific American Brave New Brain explains how ourbrains make new neurons and what we have to do to keep them, tellshow our very thoughts and feelings can change our brains and ourgenes, and introduces the tremendous promises ofnanomedicine—the science of the unimaginably small.

Today, brain pacemakers control tremors and seizures; tomorrow,advances in biochemistry and bioengineering could make Alzheimer's,brain damage, and perhaps even mental retardation preventable,curable, and reversible. Microchips in the brain could enhancememory, restore mental functions, store data, and even control ourcell phones.

Bionic or biological spare brain parts that now restore hearingand give sight to the blind could restore movement to theparalyzed—and give the healthy super powers. Brain surgerymay be rare, thanks to nanomedicine, and brain scans will identifymental illness and brain disease before symptoms show, "read"minds, and predict and control behavior.

This comprehensive and entertaining look at the wonders in yourbrain's very near future is written and edited by Judith Horstman,based on the newest research and articles from ScientificAmerican and Scientific American Mind magazines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470376249
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/5/2010
  • Series: Scientific American Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 724,107
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Horstman is the author of The Scientific AmericanDay in the Life of Your Brain, the first book in this series oftitles copublished with Scientific American. She's an award-winningscience journalist and author whose work has appeared in USA Todayand numerous other newspapers and magazines; in publications byHarvard, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins universities; and is theauthor of four other books. Visit her Web site atwww.JudithHorstman.com

Scientific American is one of the most popular sciencemagazines in the world.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

Introduction.

1 Your Changeable Brain.

How Your Brain Changes: Neurogenesis, Neuroplasticity, andEpigenetics.

The Birth of Brain Cells: Neurogenesis.

Changes in Your Brain: Neuroplasticity.

Changes in Your Genes: Epigenetics.

Keeping Your New Brain Cells.

No Pain, No Gain.

Brain Training Programs: Help or Hype?

What's Next? And What About My Brain?

2 Boosting Your Brain Power.

The Brave New Pharmacy.

Juicing the Brain: The “Smart Drugs”.

The Caveats: Are These Really “SmartPills”—and Are They Safe?

Six Drug-Free Ways to Boost Your Brain.

Boosting Your Brain with Meditation.

Meditation Means Changing Your Brain.

What's Next? And What About My Brain?

3 Manipulating Your Memory.

Memories Are Made of This—We Hope.

How Memory Works—The Short Version.

Alzheimer's Disease: The Memory Epidemic.

What We Know Now About Dementia.

Marijuana to Ward Off Alzheimer's? Wow. Like, Cool.

Making Memories Stick Around.

A Method for Erasing Bad Memories Without Medication.

The Toll of Mental Illness––and Anxiety.

What's Next? And What About My Brain?

4 Digital You: What the Digital Explosion Is Doing to YouriBrain.

Are You Born Digital––or a Digital Immigrant?

The Brains of Digital Natives.

The Bad, the Good and the Unknown Effects of Technology.

The Future Is Closer Than You Think.

Uses of the Digital You.

What About My Body? Balancing the iBrain and Your SensorySelf.

Beyond Digital: The Serious Need for Play.

What's Next? And What About My Brain?

5 Looking Inside Your Brain.

Windows into Your Brain.

Smile, Say Cheese? Not Exactly: How An MRI Works.

Picture this: Psychopath, Pedophile, Autistic Toddler.

Scanning the Other Half of Your Brain: Why White MatterMatters.

The Limits of Bran Scans.

The Five Flaws of Brain Scans.

What's Next? And What About My Brain?

6 Rewiring the Brain Electric.

The Electrical Revolution: A History of Hot-Wiring YourHead.

The Current Brain Research: Magnets to Implants.

Discovering Depression's Sweet Spot.

Implants for Alzheimer's Disease Patients.

What's Next? And What About My Brain?

7 Your Bionic Brain: The Merging of Brain withMachines

Spare Parts.

Bionic Brain Research Today.

The Britannica in Your Brain––and More.

Artificial Retinas: Giving Sight to the Blind.

An Artificial Hippocampus?

Putting Thoughts into Action.

How and Why Your Brain Is Better Than a Computer–forNow.

What's Next? And What About My Brain?

8 The Possible Dreams: Stem Cells, Gene Therapy, andNanotechnology.

The Future of Stem Cells.

Retinal Stem Cells from Adults Show Promise.

The Promise of Gene Therapy.

Nanomedicine.

What's Next? And What About My Brain?

9 Neuroethics: Facing the Dark Side.

Stem Cells: Still Fighting After All These Years.

Liar, Liar: Can Brain Scans Reveal the Truth?

Responsibility: My Sick Brain Made Me Do It (The Devil Made MeDo It)?

Privacy, Bias, and Self-Incrimination.

Psychotreatment: Should We Force PsychopharmacologicalTherapies?

Mental Doping on the Rise: They Jail Athletes, Don’tThey?

Issues Yet to Come: A Future of Busy Lawyers.

10 The Past Is Prologue: To the Future.

Sources.

Illustration Credits.

Glossary.

About the Author.

Index.

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