The Brain: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback Book

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

Part of the Very Short Introductions series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


How does the brain work? How different is a human brain from other creatures' brains?

Is the human brain still evolving? In this fascinating book, Michael O'Shea provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research, and gives a sense of how neuroscience addresses questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind.

Chapters tackle subjects such as brain processes, perception, memory, motor control and the causes of 'altered mental states'.

A final section discusses possible future developments in neuroscience, touching on artificial intelligence, gene therapy, the importance of the Human Genome Project, drugs by design, and transplants.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 152 pages, 19 halftones and line drawings
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Neurology & clinical neurophysiology
  • ISBN: 9780192853929

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Fine intro to the neural structure of the brain and its workings. Adding a couple of illustrations would have made some of the descriptions more comprehensible.

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Perhaps very short, but very informative, as well. <B>O'Shea</B> gives us a <I>tour de force</I> of the state of knowledge about the brain, and does so in an extremely accessible fashion. This is what one expects from <B>Oxford University Press</B>, however, which has always maintained high standards in their texts. Includes a very nice list of further readings (sorted by chapter subjects, making it easy to find additional readings on a particular topic of interest). Highly recommended, and well worth the price (I read the Kindle version).