By Anil Seth (ed.)
Are all of us on the mercy of our mind chemistry? Do you think the amygdala and the hippocampus are fantastical sea monsters? What can an MRI experiment let us know? may you clarify to dinner-party site visitors why we do not chortle once we tickle ourselves? 30-Second mind is right here to fill your brain with the technological know-how of precisely what is taking place inside of your head. utilizing not more that pages, three hundred phrases, and a unmarried photograph, this is often the fastest option to comprehend the wiring and serve as of the main complicated and complex mechanism within the human physique. observe how the networks of ninety billion nerve cells interact to supply belief, motion, cognition, and emotion. discover how your mind defines your character, and what it will get as much as if you are asleep. Illustrated with mind-bending photos and supported by means of biographies of pioneers within the box of neuroscience, it is the e-book to get your grey topic brooding about your grey matter.
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No single person – however capacious their brain – could possibly keep track of such an enormous and fast-moving field. Fortunately, as in any area of science, underlying all this complexity are some key ideas to help us get by. Here’s where this book can help. How the book works Within the following pages, leading neuroscientists and science writers will take you on a tour of 50 of the most exciting ideas in modern brain science, using simple plain English. To start with, in Building the Brain we will learn about the basic components and design of the brain, and trace its history from birth (and before), and through evolution.
For all the breadth of his achievements, he will always be best remembered for disentangling the neuron from its imagined network. 36-kg (3-lb) adult human brain. The outer spongy tissue that you grip in each hand is the cortex. Look at the apparently random pattern of grooves on the surface – the sulci – and you’ll see some deeper lines. These landmarks show the divisions between the main lobes of the cortex: the frontal lobes, the temporal lobes near the ears, the parietal lobe at the crown of the head and the occipital lobe at the rear.
The cerebellum contains many intricately branched Purkinje cells, which are found only in this brain structure. Since at least the early 19th century, neuroscientists have recognized the important role played by the cerebellum in the control of movement and posture. Abnormalities in its function, whether caused by inherited disease, brain damage or the effect of alcohol, lead to difficulties in walking and a general clumsiness of movement. In recent years, our understanding of the cerebellum has undergone a revolution and it is now thought to be involved not just in motor control but in memory, mood, language and attention.
30-Second Brain: The 50 most mind-blowing ideas in neuroscience, each explained in half a minute by Anil Seth (ed.)