Neuroscience For Dummies Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1118086865
ISBN-10: 1118086864
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Get on the fast track to understanding neuroscience

The brain holds the secrets to how your body operates, your personality, your use of language, and your memories. Using the most recent scientific discoveries, Neuroscience For Dummies looks at how your brain and nervous system function and includes helpful diagrams and engaging anecdotes. Investigating how your senses work, how you move, and how you think and feel, this friendly book is your straight-forward guide to the most complicated structure known in the universe.

  • Understand the essentials — get acquainted with the central and peripheral nervous systems and investigate how neurons process and communicate signals

  • Get a feel for your senses — discover how your brain processes the five senses and explore how these senses are sometimes impaired

  • Make sense of movement — learn how your brain regulates involuntary, reflexive, and conscious movements

  • Delve into intelligence, emotions, and consciousness — consider the nature of intelligence, how your brain processes emotion, and whether consciousness can be measured

  • Look into lobes — see how the brain's structure enables it to perform countless functions simultaneously

  • Learn about learning — look at what goes on in your brain as it learns and remembers, and examine learning and memory disorders

  • Probe plasticity — grasp how your brain develops and modifies its circuits to adapt to changes

Open the book and find:

  • How your gender affects brain function

  • Why some people are more sensitive to pain than others

  • The secret behind optical illusions

  • What happens in your brain as you sleep

  • What constitutes intelligence and its different levels

  • How you can improve your learning

  • Organic causes of mental illnesses

  • Promising treatments for the future

Learn to:

  • Understand the brain's structure and function

  • Get a handle on how the brain impacts memory, learning, and emotions

  • Grasp the applications of neuroscience

About the Author

Frank Amthor is a professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also holds secondary appointments in the UAB Medical School Department of Neurobiology, the School of Optometry, and the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering.

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  • File Size: 18508 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1118086864
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067PZ9SU
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By Martha J. Farah on July 19, 2012
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I'm a neuroscience professor and I'm always looking for good, readable books on the subject for students and non-neuroscientist friends. This one is great! It gives a little taste of everything you'd cover in an intro neuroscience course, just in much less detail. It is clear and fun to read AND gets stuff right!
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I've never been a huge fan of the dummies series as I work in digital design and there are better publishers out there for that kind of material, but when looking for an introductory volume to the subjects of neurology and neuroscience there aren't a lot of choices. You have encyclopedic text book volumes or shorter oversimplified books that skip a lot of technical detail. I found this book while browsing in a bookstore and thought it had just the right balance of overview and detail without pressing my 'overload' button, something fairly easy to do with a topic like neuroscience. I just finished the book last night and am very glad I purchased it. Over the years I have studied sleep research, psychology, altered states of consciousness, and other things which gave me some rudimentary background in understanding brain states and the mind/body connection, but it's nice to have finally rounded some of this more fringe material out with a basic book on neuroscience. I would recommend the kindle edition as it's nice to be able to read this on all my different devices and while on the go
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I'm a physicist in my profession and never studied biology, but neuroscience seemed very interesting to me and I wanted to study the basics just for fun. I was afraid that my lack of knowledge in biology would make a systematic study of this topic very hard for me and therefore was very glad to find a book called "For Dummies".
The book did not disappoint me. It is very interesting, didactic and neatly organized. I have no tools to examine the knowledge I got as I was never (and probably never will be) examined about it or have to use this knowledge in my everyday life, but my own feeling is that I got the basic ideas. (However, The last time I was afraid of something, I was able to analyze the overall neural circuit in my brain and associate some physical feelings to the hypothalamus...)
The book has some minor drawbacks. A few terms are used before they are defined (the first time I sat the world "thalamus" its meaning was a mystery for me). There is no chapter (or any other reference in the in the book) about human sexuality, which is a very interesting topic. In the chapter about neurons the text addresses the reader to "every basic biology book" to get some basic knowledge about the structure of cells, and as I had no biology book in my bookshelf at home, I read the Wikipedia article, which is encyclopedic and not didactic, instead. A brief summery, instead, could be useful.
The bottom line - a good book. Absolutely worth the reasonable price.
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I wanted to read some of the basics of neuroscience before reading some other more specific books and this was disappointing. The author organized it in such a way so that you can in theory pick up any section and read it without having to go through the previous parts of the book. While I understand the approach, it makes for an extremely repetitive text that is filled with parenthetical expressions like "refer to section 2 for information on..." As a result the book is very long and in many places you feel as though you're reading things you've already read many times. It is very heavy on basic physiology and mechanisms and lighter on some of the things I had hoped to learn more about (plasticity, etc). It also, unfortunately, suffers from some of the worst copy editing I've ever seen. There are endless typos that should have been caught, and there are also factual errors (for example, salamanders are not reptiles, and birds are not cold-blooded as this book claims). There is some good information here, but it's buried in a disappointing text.
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As a computer scientist and having researched a lot of ideas about machine learning and artificial intelligence this book is a gold mine of fascinating reading. The author has kept to the "For Dummies" motif and kept a rather heavy topic quite light and easy to read. Giving case studies to illuminate how the different parts of the brain have been identified through experimentation and how patients with damage to those areas are different from an unaffected patient.

The parts that makes it such a worthwhile a read, after studying how computers perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR), include the processes described that our brains activate to read symbols, interpet words and form ideas in language are remarkably similar and most likely because a lot of Computer Science designs lend themselves to natural brain processes.

That said I was jumping off to online dictionaries for the first few chapters until I got the gist of the differences between anterior/posterior/lateral/temporal/medial/frontal/prefrontal/etc. but once I got my brain navigation terms down pat it wasn't too hard to orientate what areas were being referred to and in some cases if I had waited another page I would have found the diagram.

Highly recommended read for anyone interested in the topic but need a low/easy enough reading level to get into this sort of material. You use our brain everyday and why not dive under the hood for an explore of the really cool and amazing things your gray matter is doing for you?

Also I recommend the Kindle Edition as being able to read it full screen on my desktop or from the app on my phone whilst waiting in line for coffee or on my commute makes reading much more accessible without lugging around a hardcopy.
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