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Judith Horstman presents a highly informative and entertaining look at the future of your brain, based on articles from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazines, and the work of today’s visionary neuroscientists.Top Seven Predictions for the Future of the Brain
Lightning-quick advances in neuroscience are bringing amazing treatments and startling predictions of what we can expect to both better and boost our brains. This remarkable book reveals what lies ahead over the next few decades and what exists now in brain treatments with biochemistry, drugs, computers, electrical treatments, stem cells, brain chips, and gene manipulation—and the legal, ethical, and moral fallout of all this change and progress.
The Scientific American Brave New Brain explains how our brains make new neurons and what we have to do to keep them, tells how our very thoughts and feelings can change our brains and our genes, and introduces the tremendous promises of nanomedicine—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 enhance memory, restore mental functions, store data, and even control our cell phones.
Bionic or biological spare brain parts that now restore hearing and give sight to the blind could restore movement to the paralyzed—and give the healthy super powers. Brain surgery may be rare, thanks to nanomedicine, and brain scans will identify mental illness and brain disease before symptoms show, "read" minds, and predict and control behavior.
This comprehensive and entertaining look at the wonders in your brain's very near future is written and edited by Judith Horstman, based on the newest research and articles from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazines.
Horstman makes it easy to understand how the brain works, what it does and how we need to take of it.
Horstman does a good job of keeping the reader's attention on how these topics relate to our daily lives through linking research to common experiences.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the brain without having to read through cryptic and unintelligible textbooks.
A fairly easy but very informative read on the frontiers of modern brain science. Written in a light, at times breezy, style, it is for the informed reader who wants an easily... Read morePublished 14 days ago by john j. winsch
Book offers absolutely no insight into HOW all these marvelous possibilities might actually work.Published 1 month ago by L. Dunlop
This book was a good introduction to the past, present and future of brain study. Look elsewhere if you are a scientist or want in-depth information.Published 11 months ago by Robert
An interesting read. It was also easy to follow and understand. I learned a lot about the brain and the future of neuroscience.Published 16 months ago by Carie MArtin
An introduction to cognitive neuroscience. Fascinating for the student or interested lay person tying to get a basic understanding of the field.Published 22 months ago by Robert Sanger
This book successfully bridges the gap between technical jargon and lay speak in order to produce a book that is both interesting to the scientific mind and can be comprehended by... Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Sameer Chervu
This is a cogent update on what is known about the workings of the human brain. Written for the layman it compares throughout what was known about the brain, where knowledge now... Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by P. E. Baines
If you want to know about how your brain works and what the future lies as far as neurological research is concerned then this is the book you need to read. Easy to understand.Published on January 12, 2011 by K. Yip