Brain Explained

ISBN-10: 0137961944
ISBN-13: 9780137961948
Edition: 2000
Authors: Daniel Drubach
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Description: For Introductory Neuroscience courses at the undergraduate level; ideal as a supplementary text on neuroscience for students in such allied health fields as nursing, social work, psychology, and the rehabilitation disciplines, including physical,  More...

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Book details

List price: $81.60
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 9/10/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

For Introductory Neuroscience courses at the undergraduate level; ideal as a supplementary text on neuroscience for students in such allied health fields as nursing, social work, psychology, and the rehabilitation disciplines, including physical, occupational, recreational and speech and language therapies. Geared toward the non-medical reader, this fascinating, informative and witty book on neuroscience gives students the big picture behind the functions of the brain by integrating data from the realms of basic sciences, psychology, psychiatry, and neurology. Captivating in its presentation, it interjects discussions of complex concepts with humor, anecdotes, philosophical discussions and clinical case studies, and covers a significant amount of updated subject matter plus material rarely found in standard neuroanatomy and neurophysiology textssuch as brain plasticity, dreaming, consciousness, and aggression.

Introduction
Overview of Functions of Your Product
Receive Information
Act on the External Universe
Utilize Language
Possess Emotions
Cognition
Control the Body's Endocrine System
Control of Autonomic Functions
Control Of Immunity
Do All of the Above Simul Taneously
Structure of the Brain
The Little Picture: Brain Cells
Neurons
Structure of Neurons
Function of Neurons
Communication within Neurons
Glial Cells
Signs of Malfunction
The Concept of Excitotoxicity
The Big Picture: Structure of the Brain
The Cerebellum
The Brainstem
The Thalamus
The Basal Ganglia
The Cerebrum
Brain Connectivity
Differences in the Functions of the Right and Left Hempispheres
Differences in Brain Characteristics Among Sexes
The Spinal Cord
The Brain as a Metaphysical Transducer
Functional Organization of the Brain
Input to the Brain
The Final Cortical Representation
Output of the Brain: Human Movement
Brain Plasticity, Intelligence, and Learning
Brain Plasticity
Plasticity and Brain Repair
Plasticity and Brain Development
Intelligence
What Determines Our Intelligence?
Learning and Memory
Declarative and Nondeclarative Learning
Potential Problems
Amnesias
Language
Anatomy of Words
Words and Meaning
Communication Tools
The Purpose of Language
Language Development
Language as an Obligatory Human Function
Time Window for Acquisition of Language
The Yearing to Name
Word Storage in the Brain
Localization of Language in the Brain
Signs of Malfunction: Aphasia Syndromes
Brocas Aphasia
Transcortical Motor Aphasia
Global Aphasia
Wernicke's Aphasia
Conduction Aphasia
Anomic Aphasia
Perception, Attention, Imagination, and Consciousness
Perception
Perception and the Present
Categories of Perception
Brain Mechanisms for Perception
Structures for the Acquisition of Information
Structures for Transport
Structures for Information Filtering and Selection
Mechanisms for Interpreting Perceived Information
The Individuality of Perception
Imagination
The Frontal Lobe and Active Awareness
Brain Mechanisms Responsible for Consciousness
Signs of Malfunction: Disorders of Attention and Consciousness
Coma
Neglect
Sleep and Dreaming
What is Sleep?
Stages of Sleep
Dreaming
Purpose of Dreaming
The Content of Dreams
Signs of Malfunction
Nutrition and the Brain
The Blood/Brain Barrier
Nutrients Needed by the Brain
Fuel
Building Material
Neurotransmitters
Drug Abuse and the Brain
Drugs and Neurons
Tolerance
Withdrawal
Long-Term Effects of Drugs on Neurons
Aggression and the Brain
Definition of Aggression
Classification of Aggression
The Brain and Aggression
Abnormal Aggression
Why Are Some Individuals More Aggressive Than Others?
Interaction Between Body and Brain
The Autonomic Nervous System
The Neuroendocrinologic System
Brain Control
The Brain and Immunity
Disorders That Can Affect Your Brain
Vascular Lesions
Infectious disorders
Autoimmune Disorders
Demyelinating Disorders
Neoplasms
Degenerative Disorders
Toxins
Trauma
Nutritional Disorders
Index

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