- Series: Scientific American
- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (June 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585742856
- ISBN-13: 978-1585742851
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,029,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What's going on in there? If you want to get the latest in neural and behavioral science, there's no better place to turn than The Scientific American Book of the Brain. Thirty-two heavyweight researchers and science writers contribute thoughtful, often eloquent reviews of their own and others' neuroscience research, aiming to help the intelligent reader quickly grasp the current state of knowledge. Reading Elizabeth Loftus on false memories, Kay Redfield Jamison on manic-depressive illness, and Michael Gazzaniga on recent split-brain research is like attending a series of impressively cogent and engaging lectures, without any note-passing undergraduates to distract you. The articles are mostly from 1998, though a few go as far back as 1991; each represents the best, most current writing on its topic. Of particular interest to those who love a good debate are the side-by-side articles on the biological basis of homosexuality and the inclusion of consciousness within the domain of neurobiology by careful writers on opposing sides of each issue--it's a pleasant reminder that not all arguments need end in nationally televised fistfights. You may want to use The Scientific American Book of the Brain as a reference, but you'll find that the writing is so engrossing that minutes or hours will pass by inefficiently while you browse and take in the world of the brain as we know it. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA-What is the mechanism by which we see? How do we remember things, and why do some people recall things that never happened? Why do some people dazzle us with their intelligence while others struggle with the most basic learning tasks? Are male and female brains the same? Is homosexuality biologically based? Can Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases be prevented? For readers who wonder about the brain and the roles it plays in all human endeavors, this collection of articles on various aspects of research offers fascinating answers while raising new questions, both scientific and philosophical. It's worth noting that more than half of the articles were written before 1995 and have been culled from past issues of Scientific American magazine; given the pace of recent discoveries, the book may not represent the "waterfront of contemporary neuroscience" claimed in the introduction. Its wide range does offer students a smorgasbord of topics to explore and discuss. Surprisingly, it offers no resources for further study. Nevertheless, it's a worthwhile purchase for any high school in which advanced psychology and biology are studied.
Jan Tarasovic, West Springfield High School, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.