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Brain: The Complete Mind: How It Develops, How It Works, and How to Keep It Sharp Hardcover – November 17, 2009
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About the Author
Richard Restak, M.D. is a neuropsychiatrist and clinical professor at George Washington University. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Brain and the host for the acclaimed PBS series The Brain.
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When I first explored this hefty 340 page heavyweight volume, I thought I'd just enjoy the pictures and only read passages and snippets of interest. Midway through the first chapter I was hooked and never looked back.
I'm just an average potato brained reader with no science background or passionate interest in science but with a late life interest in this natural wonder that lives within each and every one of us. The book informs, challenges, and offers topics to think and reflect upon. It covers the physiology of the brain, the history of what man has learned about it, current knowledge and possible future breakthroughs.
Throughout the book are many supplementary pieces of information that support, explain, and enhance the text. In the beginning of Brain the reader is introduced to these extras: tables, charts, flow charts, sidebars, fact boxes, and fast facts. After interrupting myself too many times from the flow of the main text to read these extras, I found it easier and more enjoyable and efficient to read the sidebars first.
Two of my favorite chapters are near the end of the book - Learning and Memory and The Aging Brain. I found quite a bit here to apply to my own brain and to share with my students.
Anyone with an interest in the workings of the brain or anything related to the human brain should find "Brain" a fascinating, stimulating, and educational read. Even if you don't have the desire to read such a book cover to cover, it's a great book to add to you personal library.
On page 259, there is a three dimensional MRI image of the brain with Broca's and Wernicke's areas highlighted in different colors as well as the visual cortex. Two of those areas they have highlighted however are wrong. Broca's area is correctly indicated, but Wernicke's and the area which is suppossed to be the primary visual cortex are wrong. The area they have highlighted for wernicke's area is actually the primary auditory cortex and the area they have highlighted for primary visual cortex is Geschwind's territory (which isn't even mentioned in the book).
The error combined with the fact that there are too few diagrams and detailed explainations and illustrations made me give this book 3 stars. Despite the fact that the book "The Human Brain" by Rita Carter contains numerous errors, it is a much better book than this one and you will be able to learn much more from it.
Brain: The Complete Mind is extremely informative and covers all elements of the brain including learning and memory, the nervous system, motion, and our state of mind. The chapters I personally found most interesting dealt with neuroscience history, brain development, perception, awareness, and age. Sweeney begins by covering the history and anatomy of the brain and the neuroscientists behind the discoveries. Sweeney describes the important structures (neurons, cerebrum, cerebellum, etc.) and early pioneers such as Ramon y Cajal who documented the existence of synapses.
In another chapter, Sweeney discusses the evolution and development of the brain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love reading brain the complete mind because it me to learn a little about my brainPublished 8 days ago by sharon green
Good book with a lot of information. A little older publication wise then I expected but that is my fault. Useful to me.Published 1 month ago by William E. Rice
The book is well written and a good introduction to the topic of neuroscience. Important concepts are explained well, but it doesnt go into much detail, as is to be expected with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason S
"Brain:The Complete Mind et al" by Sweeney is an informative book on the inner workings of the mind and the various technological wonders used to measure brain performance. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
My new coffee table book! This is such an excellent resource that's loaded with a variety of research on the brain. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting and easy to read. The human brain and body are amazing in their intricacies.Published 5 months ago by toni sams
I am a psychology professor and wish that I had encountered a book this thorough when I was in graduate school. I actually bought two copies. Read morePublished 8 months ago by steven palmer