Mapping the Mind Paperback
by Rita Carter
'One of the clearest and best-illustrated attempts to explain the virtually inaccessible, the brain' SUNDAY TIMES Brain scans reveal our thoughts, memories - even our moods - as clearly as an X-ray reveals our bones.
We can watch a person's brain literally light up as it registers a joke, or glow dully when it recalls an unhappy memory.
MAPPING THE MIND shows how these cans can be used to help explain aspects of our behaviour and how behavioural eccentricities can be traced to abnormalities in an individual brain.
Dyslexia, for example, may be caused by a short-circuit in the messages converting sound to visual cues; addiction, eating disorders and alcoholism stem from dysfunction in the brain's reward system.
In this acclaimed book Rita Carter draws on the latest in brain imaging to give extraordinary insights into how the brain works.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, Illustrations (chiefly col.), col. ports.
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 12/08/2010
- Category: Neurology & clinical neurophysiology
- ISBN: 9780753827956
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Review by heterotopic
If one wants to learn about the basics of neuroscience or simply how the brain works, this book serves as a good introduction. It has wonderful, 3D illustrations, and the language is easy enough to understand. It (literally) copies the main ideas from the important thinkers such as Sacks, Ramachandran, Le Doux and others. (I'm not sure how science books deal with citing case studies and other important ideas, but although it mentions the names of these thinkers, it doesn't really cite them directly for it.) That said, it is definitely more interesting and rewarding to read about the ideas, theories and studies from the main sources themselves. Typographical errors aside, this book, read slowly, might serve to heighten one's interest in the neurosciences.