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The Brain as a Chemical Machine

The Brain as a Chemical Machine ebook ISBN: 2738179487
Publisher: Odile Jacob
Author: Jean-Pierre Changeux,Stuart J. Edelstein
Number of Pages: 284 
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The purpose of this book is to give a clear and straightforward account of the remarkable properties of the nicotinic receptor for acetylcholine, a membrane protein involved in chemical transduction in the nervous system that is also the target of a widely used drug, nicotine. This molecule also happens to be the first pharmacological receptor and ion channel ever to have been identified. Jean-Pierre Changeux has played a leading role with Stuart J. Edelstein in the investigation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and allosteric proteins. The aim of this book is not only to review the most recent experimental and theoretical breakthroughs in the study of the nicotinic receptor, but also to give the reader a sense of the intellectual excitement and adventure that accompanied the various stages of discovery. This richly illustrated volume furnishes an exceptional opportunity for scientists and students to follow the course of a major advance in our understanding of the molecular basis of brain functions. Jean-Pierre Changeux is honorary professor at the Collège de France and at the Institut Pasteur, a member of the French Academy of Sciences. In addition to L’Homme neuronal [Neuronal Man] he is the author of Raison et Plaisir and L’Homme de vérité. He is also co-author, with Alain Connes, of Matière à penser [Conversations on Mind, Matter, and Mathematics] and, with Paul Ricœur, of La Nature et la Règle [What Makes Us Think?]. All thought-provoking works. Stuart J. Edelstein is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Geneva and a foreign associate member of the Academy of Sciences. "The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor has served for many decades as the prototype for neurotransmitter receptors. Acetylcholine was the first neurotransmitter shown to be involved in the fonction of the mammalian brain and its nicotinic receptor the first receptor to be characterized. Jean-Pierre Changeux is the indisputable pioneer in this field. This volume summarizes with great lucidity the history of a highly important topic in neuroscience." Paul Greengard, Nobel laureate in Medecine - The Rockefeller University "From the molecule to thought itself - an extraordinary journey! Changeux and Edelstein are uniquely qualified to relate this utterly fascinating story, whose philosophical implications are no less important than the scientific research underlying them." Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel laureate in Chemistry - ISIS-Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg "The human brain is as much a chemical as an electrical network. Its intricacy and sophistication set it apart from any known technical device. The groundbreaking papers by Monod, Jacob, Wyman, and Changeux in the 1960s on chemical regulation and control were eye-opening for all us who were doing experimental research in ths field, and they have turned out to be crucial for understanding biological evolution and learning in a broad sense. Since then Changeux and Edelstein have achieved international fame for their work on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, amply documented in this masterful account." Manfred Eigen, Nobel laureate in Chemistry - Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen "One hesitates to call this book a monograph, for despite its comprehensive treatment of a complex subject it is not meant solely for specialized readers. In concentrating on a single class of neuroreceptors, the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, it seeks to draw out general principles which apply more widely. It will therefore be welcomed not only by serious workers and students in the field of neurobiology, but also by anyone interested in the broader field of neuroscience." Sir Aaron Klug OM FRS, Nobel laureate in Chemistry - University of Cambridge "Changeux and Edelstein have provided a concise yet highly comprehensive account of perhaps the prototypical neurotransmitter complex, the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. The story of how the roles played by this signal transduction system in nicotine dependence, learning, memory, and the processes of cognition came to be unraveled is an exciting saga, both beautiful and profound. A lovely historico-scientific document." Floyd E. Bloom, Professor Emeritus - The Scripps Research Institute "Changeux and Edelstein describe a classically Cartesian process of scientific investigation that leads to a most non-Cartesian conclusion. Having elucidated the mechanisms of action and interaction by which the various elements that make up the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor operate throughout the nervous system, from neuromuscular junctions to the brain itself, the authors turn to the role of thse structures and mechanisms in supporting cognition and giving access to consciousness - thus parting ways with Descartes and the view that the mind is able somehow to exist independently of the body. A work of truly remarkable erudition and insight." Roger Guillemin, Nobel laureate in Medicine - Salk Institute for Biological Studies “This book is unlike any recent scientific book. It is more like a forty-year research meeting in one of the world’s most creative neurobiology laboratories—an intellectual tour de fortcheat surveys the developmental trends and achievements of twentieth-century neuroscience in molecular, structural, and functional terms. The book therefore becomes an extraordinary educational saga, moving from Sir Henry Dale’s pharmacology of nicotine to genetic diseases involving mutations of the cation channel function of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Research into these archetypal proteins has been carried out by pharmacologists, biochemists, molecular biologists, electrophysiologists, behavioral scientists, and geneticists, with Jean-Pierre Changeux and his coworkers participating in every aspect of this remarkable inquiry. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors are the workhorse of the fast actions of the chemical signal acetylcholine, abundantly transmitted in both the peripheral and the central nervous system. Thanks to their variable sub- unit composition they come in many flavors, mediating control of voluntary muscles in the periphery and helping to regulate reward functions, cognition, and memory in the brain. This rich functionality leads the authors to describe models of neuromuscular junction development as well a global workspace model of cognitive function and its role in effortful learning. The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor was among the first ligand-gated ion channels to be sequenced and studied by patch-clamp methods. It has been the object of neurobiological research in England, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States, with contributions of equal weight being made by many teams of researchers over a number of decades, all carefully chronicled and explained by the authors. This book is to be highly recommended to young scientists who want to discover into how many fields a single protein molecule can take them—from snake venom action to myasthenia gravis, addiction, learning, and schiz- ophrenia—if they are willing patiently to learn new research techniques rather than specialize in a single method or instrument. To investigate the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in all its aspects requires a Renaissance mind, and it is exactly this that Changeux and Edelstein have brought to bear on one of the most studied topics in neuroscience of the last century.” TAMAS BARTFAI, Chair and Professor, Department of Neuropharmacology The Scripps Research Institute

Power Brain

Power Brain ebook ISBN: 226315096X
Publisher: Solar
Author: Lee ILCHI
Number of Pages: 207 
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Transformer son cerveau pour transformer sa vie, c'est possible ! Avec le programme Power Brain fondé les enseignements croisés des neurosciences, de la méditation et de la psychologie positive. Les neurosciences nous révèlent, chaque jour, les ressources insoupçonnées de notre cerveau. La complexité du cerveau (susceptible de gérer une quantité infinie d'informations), sa plasticité (les connexions neuronales ne cessent de se modifier) et son potentiel infini sont désormais établis. Nous pouvons donc constamment mettre à jour notre propre " système d'exploitation "... ce dont aucun ordinateur au monde n'est capable ! Fort de son constat, Ilchi Lee, " philosophe et formateur du cerveau ", nous livre avec son programme Power Brain le " manuel d'utilisation " de notre cerveau pour réaliser tout notre potentiel. Power Brain, c'est : Un triple bénéfice : un cerveau plus productif (pour se concentrer sur ses objectifs), créatif (pour imaginer librement l'avenir), et pacifique (pour produire des pensées positives). Une approche holistique fondée sur la relation corps-esprit, synthèse de philosophies orientales, notamment le Tao (l'énergie est au cœur de cette relation) et de principes scientifiques (le corps est une extension du cerveau). Le programme intègre les dernières découvertes établissant une relation directe entre notre cerveau et les cerveaux " secondaires " que sont l'intestin et le cœur. Une méthode d'entraînement du cerveau en 5 étapes, pour activer progressivement et de manière harmonieuse ses trois niveaux (cerveau reptilien, siège de l'instinct ; limbique, siège de l'émotion ; néocortex, siège du raisonnement) : 1- Ressentir son cerveau : renforcer le lien entre le corps et le cerveau et stimuler les sens. 2- Assouplir son cerveau : développer sa neuro-plasticité, sa capacité à se " recâbler ". 3- Transformer son cerveau : le libérer des pensées et des émotions négatives. 4- S'approprier son cerveau : et les fonctions cérébrales des différentes couches pour le reprogrammer. 5- Maîtriser son cerveau : utiliser de manière intentionnelle tout son potentiel, en développant sans relâche les connexions neuronales à l'origine d'une vie heureuse. Une batterie d'exercices pratiques (à chaque étape), accessibles et ludiques, issus à la fois des pratiques méditatives et des recherches sur la physiologie du cerveau, combinant sept outils de base : la respiration, la méditation, l'énergie, l'exercice physique, les cinq sens, l'information, l'imagination. Power Brain, c'est aussi une philosophie de vie, la promesse d'un bonheur individuel mais aussi collectif grâce à un cerveau maitrisé et bonifié, que l'auteur défend dans son ouvrage avec humanisme, pédagogie et clarté.

How Music Sculpts Our Brain

How Music Sculpts Our Brain ebook ISBN: 2738151132
Publisher: Odile Jacob
Author: Isabelle Peretz
Number of Pages: 160 
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How does the process of learning music impact our brain? To what extent does it foster curiosity, attention and enhance memory? How is it linked with reading, learning languages, or mathematical thinking? Does a child need a musical ear to develop musical ability and make progress in music? Is there an age limit for learning music? At a time when music education is being drastically cut, in connection with a “back to basics” rhetoric spreading over the field of education, there is also a growing interest in demonstrating and experiencing the way music can boost literacy, fine motor skills, memory, but also social behavior, altruism and... happiness! A world-renowned expert on music and the brain, Isabelle Peretz takes up the joint challenge of enlightening us on the main findings of more than thirty years of neurobiological research on music and education, and translating them, where possible, into actionable recommendations directly applicable to the music room. Written in both lively and straightforward language, her book details the various ways in which music can transform our brain, for the better. It makes the main findings of the neuroscience of music accessible to all those involved in music education —aspiring musicians, professors, learning adults, parents, or educational advisors. An indispensable guide to understanding and promoting best practice in musical education. Dr Isabelle Peretz is a professor of Psychology at University of Montréal, where she holds a Canada Research Chair and a Casavant Chair in neurocognition of music.

Brain Coaching

Brain Coaching ebook ISBN: 9782300011917
Publisher: MA éditions
Author: Audrey Loubens
Number of Pages: 191 
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Albert's brain

Albert's brain ebook ISBN: 2322210064
Publisher: BoD - Books on Demand
Author: Christophe Savard
Number of Pages: 364 
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Après la mort d'Albert Einstein, en 1955, son corps a été incinéré. Seuls ses yeux et son cerveau ont été conservés. Après un long périple en Amérique pendant presque cinquante ans, les reliques du physicien vont accompagner les événements qui bouleversèrent le monde fin 2004. Au début de ce nouveau siècle, une jeune femme consacre ses études à la vie privée, sociale et scientifique du Maître de la physique moderne. La jeune thésarde, Catherine Sallers, va braver les lois de la physique et du temps dans la continuité de son mentor. Parviendra-t-elle à accomplir son destin, indissociable de celui du grand humaniste ? Résoudra-t-elle les lois de l'univers ? Saura-t-elle renverser la situation lors de son affrontement avec l'ignoble maître-chanteur qui a détourné l'héritage du savant ?

Pediatric Brain and Spine

Pediatric Brain and Spine ebook ISBN: 9783540213406
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Author: L.M. Ketonen,A. Hiwatashi,R. Sidhu,P.-L. Westesson
Number of Pages: 494 
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This is an atlas on contemporary MR imaging of the reer in neuroradiology she has continuously gathered pediatric central nervous system. We have concen- interesting cases. When Dr. Ketonen moved from trated on brain imaging,but have an extensive chap- Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to the U- ter on the spine and a smaller chapter on the head versity of Rochester it was quite obvious,looking into and neck. her new of?ce, that she had a very extensive collec- The book starts with a chapter on the normal tion of such cases. She would have needed a much myelinization and normal variance. We are including larger of?ce than the one we were able to offer her chapters on malformations,inherited conditions,in- just to store her enormous teaching ?le. Seeing her fection,tumors,trauma,vascular abnormalities,and phenomenal collection of cases and pairing that with spine abnormalities. The last chapter of the book is a our positive experience writing our previous book, miscellaneous chapter that includes all those cases Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging of the Brain, it was that did not ?t well in other categories. The chapter obvious that we had both an idea and the material for on trauma and brain damage includes an extensive another neuro-imaging book. We decided on the t- section on CNS manifestations of nonaccidental pe- ic of pediatric neuro-imaging with Dr. Ketonen as the diatric trauma. There is an also an exciting chapter lead author.

MR Spectroscopy of the Brain

MR Spectroscopy of the Brain ebook ISBN: 0781746167
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Author: Lara Alexandre Brandão,Romeu Cortes Domingues
Number of Pages: 194 
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This volume is a practical guide to the technique and most frequent clinical applications of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) of the brain. Using more than 500 images, the authors present the fundamentals of MRS in a straightforward fashion and show radiologists and neurologists how to recognize normal and disease processes on scans. The book presents the spectra of the most common neurological disease entities, along with the conventional images and perfusion and diffusion where appropriate. The authors thoroughly describe the pathology and key MRS features of each disease process. Each chapter ends with a quick-reference summary of the main findings.

100 Questions & Answers About Brain Tumors

100 Questions & Answers About Brain Tumors ebook ISBN: 9780763723088
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Author: Virginia Stark-Vance,M. L. Dubay
Number of Pages: 160 
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A patient-oriented guide to dealing with brain tumors that covers basic questions such as types of tumors, risk factors and causes.

Brain CT Scans in Clinical Practice

Brain CT Scans in Clinical Practice ebook ISBN: 9781848823655
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Author: Usiakimi Igbaseimokumo
Number of Pages: 110 
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Across emergency rooms all over the world, thousands of patients are referred for brain CT scans daily. A radiologist often has to interpret the scan or a consultation has to be made to a neuros- geon to review the scan. Most of this happens late at night and is a signi?cant source of discontent. Thus having frontline phy- cians to be pro?cient in interpreting the emergency brain CT scan improves the ef?ciency of the whole pathway of care and is pot- tially life saving as time is of the essence for many patients with severe brain injury or stroke. Underlying all of the above and the primary reason for writing this book is because the skill required to determine an immediate life threatening abnormality in a brain CT scan is so basic and can be learned in a short time by people of various backgrounds and certainly by all physicians. ‘Indeed the emergency head CT scan is comparable to an electrocardiogram in usefulness and most de?nitely as easy to learn. ’ This book is therefore written for ca- givers the world over to demystify the emergency CT brain scan and to empower them to serve their patients better. It is obvious to me from the response from people I have had opportunity to teach this subject that not only is there a desire to learn this basic skill but also people learn it quickly and wonder why it has not been presented so simply before.

From Monkey Brain to Human Brain

From Monkey Brain to Human Brain ebook ISBN: 9780262042239
Publisher: MIT Press
Author: Fondation Fyssen. Symposium
Number of Pages: 400 
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Leaders in cognitive psychology, comparative biology, and neuroscience discuss patterns of convergence and divergence seen in studies of human and nonhuman primate brains. The extraordinary overlap between human and chimpanzee genomes does not result in an equal overlap between human and chimpanzee thoughts, sensations, perceptions, and emotions; there are considerable similarities but also considerable differences between human and nonhuman primate brains. From Monkey Brain to Human Brain uses the latest findings in cognitive psychology, comparative biology, and neuroscience to look at the complex patterns of convergence and divergence in primate cortical organization and function. Several chapters examine the use of modern technologies to study primate brains, analyzing the potentials and the limitations of neuroimaging as well as genetic and computational approaches. These methods, which can be applied identically across different species of primates, help to highlight the paradox of nonlinear primate evolution--the fact that major changes in brain size and functional complexity resulted from small changes in the genome. Other chapters identify plausible analogs or homologs in nonhuman primates for such human cognitive functions as arithmetic, reading, theory of mind, and altruism; examine the role of parietofrontal circuits in the production and comprehension of actions; analyze the contributions of the prefrontal and cingulate cortices to cognitive control; and explore to what extent visual recognition and visual attention are related in humans and other primates. The Fyssen Foundation is dedicated to encouraging scientific inquiry into the cognitive mechanisms that underlie animal and human behavior and has long sponsored symposia on topics of central importance to the cognitive sciences.

Arts with the Brain in Mind

Arts with the Brain in Mind ebook ISBN: 0871205149
Publisher: ASCD
Author: Eric Jensen
Number of Pages: 139 
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How do the arts stack up as a major discipline? What is their effect on the brain, learning, and human development? How might schools best implement and assess an arts program? Eric Jensen answers these questions--and more--in this book. To push for higher standards of learning, many policymakers are eliminating arts programs. To Jensen, that's a mistake. This book presents the definitive case, based on what we know about the brain and learning, for making arts a core part of the basic curriculum and thoughtfully integrating them into every subject. Separate chapters address musical, visual, and kinesthetic arts in ways that reveal their influence on learning. What are the effects of a fully implemented arts program? The evidence points to the following: * Fewer dropouts * Higher attendance * Better team players * An increased love of learning * Greater student dignity * Enhanced creativity * A more prepared citizen for the workplace of tomorrow * Greater cultural awareness as a bonus To Jensen, it's not a matter of choosing, say, the musical arts over the kinesthetic. Rather, ask what kind of art makes sense for what purposes. How much time per day? At what ages? What kind of music? What kind of movement? Should the arts be required? How do we assess arts programs? In answering these real-world questions, Jensen provides dozens of practical, detailed suggestions for incorporating the arts into every classroom.

Unleashing the Potential of the Teenage Brain

Unleashing the Potential of the Teenage Brain ebook ISBN: 1412957621
Publisher: Corwin Press
Author: Barry Corbin
Number of Pages: 152 
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Provides teachers with specific guidelines to establish an optimal learning environment for teenagers and offers case studies that illustrate how to translate theory into workable classroom practice.

How the Brain Learns

How the Brain Learns ebook ISBN: 9781412936613
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Author: David A. Sousa
Number of Pages: 309 
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Explores new research in brain functioning and translates that information into classroom activities and strategies.

Ultrasound and the Fetal Brain

Ultrasound and the Fetal Brain ebook ISBN: 9781850706120
Publisher: CRC Press
Author: F.A. Chervenak,A. Kurjak
Number of Pages: 254 
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This book presents original new data along with authoritative analyses and syntheses of all available clinical and research findings on using ultrasound, including color Doppler and magnetic resonance imaging, to examine and diagnose pathologies of, damage to, and anomalies of the fetal brain. It has eleven color plates of ultrasound and color Doppler scans, many black-and-white illustrations, and the largest collection of references ever published on ultrasound and the fetal brain. The contributing authors are the world's pioneering experts on ultrasound diagnosis in obstetrics and gynecology, whose work forms the backbone of modern clinical practice and research in this field.

The Computer and the Brain

The Computer and the Brain ebook ISBN: 9780300084733
Publisher: Yale University Press
Author: John Von Neumann
Number of Pages: 82 
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This book represents the views of one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century on the analogies between computing machines and the living human brain. John von Neumann concludes that the brain operates in part digitally, in part analogically, but uses a peculiar statistical language unlike that employed in the operation of man-made computers. This edition includes a new foreword by two eminent figures in the fields of philosophy, neuroscience, and consciousness.

The Attentive Brain

The Attentive Brain ebook ISBN: 9780262661126
Publisher: MIT Press
Author: Raja Parasuraman
Number of Pages: 577 
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Of the myriad tasks that the brain has to perform, perhaps none is as crucial to the performance of other tasks as attention. A central thesis of this book on the cognitive neuroscience of attention is that attention is not a single entity, but a finite set of brain processes that interact mutually and with other brain processes in the performance of perceptual, cognitive, and motor skills.After an introductory part I, the book consists of three parts. Part II, Methods, describes the major neuroscience methods, including techniques used only with animals (anatomical tract tracing, single-unit electrophysiology, neurochemical manipulations), noninvasive human brain-imaging techniques (ERPs, positron emission tomography, and functional magnetic resonance imaging), and studies with brain-damaged individuals. This part also includes a chapter on the computational modeling of attention. Part III, Varieties of Attention, looks at three major components of attention from the cognitive neuroscience perspective: selection, vigilance, and control. It also discusses links to memory and language. Finally, part IV, Development and Pathologies, discusses the application of findings from the previous sections to the analysis of normal and abnormal development and to pathologies of attention such as schizophrenia and attention deficit disorders. Contributors Edward Awh, Gordon C. Baylis, Jochen Braun, Dennis Cantwell, Vincent P. Clark, Maurizio Corbetta, Susan M. Courtney, Francis Crinella, Matthew C. Davidson, Gregory J. DiGirolamo, Jon Driver, Jane Emerson, Pauline Filipek, Ira Fischler, Massimo Girelli, Pamela M. Greenwood, James V. Haxby, Mark H. Johnson, John Jonides, Julian S. Joseph, Robert T. Knight, Christof Koch, Steven J. Luck, Richard T. Marrocco, Brad C. Motter, Ken Nakayama, Orhan Nalcioglu, Paul G. Nestor, Ernst Niebur, Brian F. O'Donnell, Raja Parasuraman, Michael I. Posner, Robert D. Rafal, Trevor W. Robbins, Lynn C. Robertson, Judi E. See, James Swanson, Diane Swick, Don Tucker, Leslie G. Ungerleider, Joel S. Warm, Maree J. Webster, Sharon Wigal

Brain Fog

Brain Fog ebook ISBN: 0595786790
Publisher: iUniverse
Author: Binyamin Rothstein
Number of Pages: 231 
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What Is Brain Fog? Are you forgetting things that you used to remember easily? Do you sometimes feel like you're slogging through mud and just not as sharp and clear as you once were? Whether it is due to stress, fatigue, poor nutrition, a shift in hormones, toxins, food allergies, or an infectious disease, there are times when our mental faculties are less than optimal. You no longer need to be at the mercy of mental confusion again. Finally, you have the book that will give you the answers and solutions you need. As a pioneer in his field, Dr. Binyamin Rothstein has developed an indispensable resource guide to the workings of the brain and how you can maintain a sharp and clear mind throughout your life. THE LATEST ADVANCEMENTS IN MAINTAINING OPTIMAL BRAIN FUNCTION This book covers: Causes of brain fog and how to know which one may be affecting you The latest therapies and supplements to keep your brain fit and functional The most up-to-date information on hormones, hormone replacement therapy, food allergies, hypoglycemia and more Self-help measures to clear brain fog

The Brain's Behind it

The Brain's Behind it ebook ISBN: 9781855391420
Publisher: A&C Black
Author: Alistair Smith
Number of Pages: 312 
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If you want to know more about the brain and learning, this is the book you need. In what promises to become the most trusted resource of the brain-based learning movement, The Brain's Behind It guides you through the development cycle of the brain and then describes what helps and hinders learning. This fascinating, highly topical, and well-researched book answers many of your questions, including -- Can you teach intelligence? How can I recognize a learner under stress? What to do about it? Why won't my students sit still? What factors in a mother's lifestyle will influence her baby's learning? What is the best time for my child to begin formal learning? What is the best time to learn any language? What is memory? How does sleep improve all-round memory and recall? What happens to my brain as I age? The Brain's Behind It identifies fallacies, fads, and facts about the brain and learning and gives you recommendations, whether you're a teacher, parent, or policy-maker.

Inside the Brain

Inside the Brain ebook ISBN: 9780836232899
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Author: Ronald Kotulak
Number of Pages: 222 
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Describes recent scientific understanding of how the brain gets built, providing insight into human behavior and the effects of nature and nurture; and discusses how the brain gets damaged by environmental, internal, and external influences.

Concussive Brain Trauma

Concussive Brain Trauma ebook ISBN: 9780849397073
Publisher: CRC Press
Author: Rolland S. Parker
Number of Pages: 432 
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A wide-range study of victims of head injury often reveals disorders that are neglected by less extensive examinations, and dispels the idea that there is usually a benign outcome. Focusing on a public health problem affecting millions of people of all ages, with approximately 1,300 references, Concussive Brain Trauma: Neurobehavioral Impairment and Maladaptation addresses such topics as the recognition of minor traumatic brain injury in the emergency room and clinical practice. The book is unique in its coverage of the personality changes, family dysfunction, and stress that often occur in wake of concussive brain trauma. Case examples illustrate persistent and acute alterations of consciousness, as well as cognitive, mood, personality, and social effects of head injury, in order to guide appropriate treatment. In addition, the book documents unfamiliar signs not included in the usual list of postconcussive symptoms. Concussive Brain Trauma: Neurobehavioral Impairment and Maladaptation stands alone as an in-depth, authoritative guide to the condition also described as closed head injury and "minor" traumatic brain injury.