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50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know Series) Hardcover – July 4, 2013


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  • Series: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know Series
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc (July 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780879105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780879109
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Moheb Costandi is a molecular and developmental neurobiologist turned science writer. He writes for the Guardian and Scientific American, and is the author of the weblog Neurophilosophy. He is based in London.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pugnacious Boxer on March 25, 2014
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Moheb Constandi's 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know provides a good cursory overview of the various subjects generally covered in a Neuroscience B.S. program. I have recently fulfilled my university's Neuroscience B.S. requirements, and this book felt like a good refresher. Costandi does a good job covering the important elements of Neuroscience, such as synaptic transmission and memory. However, the minimal number of diagrams and picture may leave many readers confused. For example, by providing a picture of a synapse with neurotransmitters released from the pre-synaptic neuron to bind the post-synaptic neuron's receptors, in order to activate ionotropic channels permitting ions and current to flow in, with a description explaining its merits, many readers would better comprehend the mechanism of action of neurotransmitters and their significance. Costandi does a good job explaining the reversal of charges (i.e., depolarization) that allow for action potentials, once it reaches its threshold, but without diagrams or figures, this may confuse many readers. Moreover, not many anatomical pictures of the brain are given for reference, and this may make the book hard to follow. Regardless, I felt Costandi's writing style was lucid and conveyed a lot of substantial information.

I like how he attempted to avoid biases by covering a wide array of Neuroscientific research techniques. He does a good job succinctly enumerating the functions, uses, benefits, and limitations of various neuroimaging technologies (e.g., EEG, PET, fMRI, MRI, TMS, and etc.) in research. Many popular Neuroscientific books, such as VS Ramachandran's recent one, tend to have evident biases and emphasize on only a few modalities. Granted, I feel Costandi could have taken a couple chapters out (e.g.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Austin Gallaher on September 28, 2013
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This is the best introductory guide on the brain I have come across. It is both precise and concise. There are fifty topics ranging from Synaptic Transmission to Neuroscience and the Law. Each topic is covered in three or four pages. At the end of each section there is a "condensed idea" summary that restates the principal idea of the section in a single phrase. Moheb Costandi, a neuroscientist turned science writer, is to be congratulated!
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great book, I highly recommend it for everyone in the field.
I love the organization, concise contents and useful topics.
its like taking you in a short trip in neuroscience
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Well written. Content is good both for novice and experts who wants to widen general knowledge in neuroscience. Good design as well.
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