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  • ISBN: 9780028643106
  • ISBN10: 0028643100

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding the Brain

by Mitchell Bard

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publish date: 07/01/2002
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I. THE FIRST BRAIN. 1. It All Starts Here. Nature's Marvel. The Baby Brain. You Were Smarter As a Kid. Assembly Not Required. The Specialists. Daily Revelations. The Great Unknown. 2. From Stone Age to Sculptors. Prehistoric Brain Surgery. Mummies Weren't Too Bright. The Great Greeks. Science Takes a Holiday. From Darkness to Light. A Form of Barbarism. 3. Knowledge of the Brain Evolves. I Think Therefore A Place in the Heart. Out of Sight. What Do You See? Quack, Quack. You're Electric. Oops! I Mean, Eureka! Finding the Controls. Pavlov's Dogs. We're All Scientists Here. Finding the Bugs. An Engaging Case. The Book That Shook the World. Real Brain Surgery. Restricted Area. The Century's Crazy End. 4. Modern Thinking. Sex, Dreams, and Psychoanalysis. Mind Matters. I'm a Surgeon, Neurosurgeon. Controversial Cures. New Tools for the Trade. Your Own Painkiller. Decade of the Brain. II. ANATOMY 101. 5. The Commander-in-Chief. Your Hard Hat and Other Protective Devices. The Thinking Part. Multiple Brains. Small but Important. 6. The Coordinator. Lobes: They're Not Just for the Ears. Walking a Straight Line. Not Really the Middle. At the Base of It All. Remembering the Limbic System. The Glands Have It. 7. The Real Information Superhighway. Thinking Systematically. 100 Billion Cells Can't Be Wrong. Closing the Gap. Now for the Hard Part. 8. You've Got Nerve(s). What's Your Function? Numero Uno. For Your Eyes Only. A Sensitive Face. Testing 1, 2, 3 Gulp and Inhale. Stick Out Your Tongue. III. THE HUMAN COMPUTER. 9. Speak Now! The Origin of Babble. From the Mouths of Babes. Back to Broca and Wernicke. The ABCs. Say What You Hear. 10. Making Sense of It All. Mind's Eye. An Ear for It. On the Scent. Yum and Yuck. How Touching. The Sixth Sense: More Than a Movie. 11. Life's Necessities. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry. Sweet Slumber. Sex Is a Drive. 12. The Body's Autopilot. Your Internal Thermostat. Energize! Stressed Out. The Conservationist. Knee-Jerk Reactions. Holding It. Really Letting Go. 13. It's Your Choice. On Balance. More Than Five Senses. Turning Green. The Pyramids. Penfield's Map. Put the Hammer Down. Now Draw! From Physical to Mental. IV. ACTING OUT. 14. Blackboard of the Mind. Memories Hidden Messages. Pigeonholes. Time to Decide. Drawing a Blank. Going, Going, Gone. Bulking up Memory. Eat Smart. Try to Remember 15. The Feeling Brain. Feelings First? Going Ballistic. Oh Happy Day. The Prickly Things on Your Neck. Life-Changing Stress. Lie Detector. Emotional Intelligence. 16. You've Got Brain. What Is Intelligence? How Smart Are You? What's Your Gift? Low IQ. The Real Rain Man. Size Matters. Two Brains Are Better Da Vinci, Mozart, and You. Einstein's Brain. The 10 Percent Myth. Mad Genius. Formula for Thought. V. THE SICK BRAIN. 17. The Computer Crashes. Trauma: More Than a Little Bump. Two Scary Words: Brain Tumor. Catching a Brain Disease. Hereditary Degenerative Diseases. Congenital Anomalies. Brain Attack. Brain Death. 18. Headaches and Neurological Disorders. Your Aching Head. Trigeminal Neuralgia. Cerebral Palsy. Parkinson's Disease. Dudley's Disease. Epilepsy. Multiple Sclerosis. Alzheimer's Disease. Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. Mad Cow Disease. Tics and Tones. Facing the Fear. 19. Drugs and Demons. Society's Problem. Alcoholism. Nicotine. Marijuana. Cocaine. Heroin. Hallucinogens. Uppers and Downers. The Date Rape Drug. 20. Crossed Wiring. It's All in Your Head. From Behind Closed Doo
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