ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
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July 19, 2019

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UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN:
From Cells to Behavior to Cognition

by John E. Dowling.
W. W. Norton, 1998, 2018 rev. ed,
(256 pages)


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SUMMARY AND BOOK DESCRIPTION
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SUMMARY = An examination of what makes us human and unique among all creatures our brains.

BOOK DESCRIPTION = No reader curious about our "little grey cells" will want to pass up Harvard neuroscientist John E. Dowling's brief introduction to the brain. In this up-to-date revision of his 1998 book Creating Mind, Dowling conveys the essence and vitality of the field of neuroscience. He examines the progress we have made in understanding how brains work and sheds light on discoveries having to do with aging, mental illness, and brain health. The first half of the book provides the nuts-and-bolts necessary for an up-to-date understanding of the brain.

The book covers the general organization of the brain. Early chapters explain how cells communicate with one another to enable us to experience the world. The rest of the book touches on higher-level concepts such as vision, perception, language, memory, emotion, and consciousness. It is beautifully illustrated and lucidly written. This introduction elegantly reveals the beauty of the organ [the brain] that makes us uniquely human.

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