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A difficult but hugely rewarding read,
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This review is from: From Monkey Brain to Human Brain: A Fyssen Foundation Symposium (Hardcover)
This is an in-depth and very well-structured set of papers on the cutting edge of brain research as of 2004. The basic research tools are in the main functional magnetic resonance imaging and comparative brain mapping that enables comparisons of typically macaque brains against human brains "in the normal subject".
The set of papers is extremely well-edited so that it really does function as a book. There is introductory material on fMRI, brain mapping, brain development and evolution, that supports later chapters on neural plasticity, number and word sense, reciprocal altruism, mirror neurons (the basis of our mimicry and hence learning of speech), and much more.
This book is, however, slanted towards a reader with a good background in brain structure. This book badly needs a comprehensive glossary. If you're up to the challenge, though, you'll find it a hugely rewarding read.
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