Scientific American Brave New Brain How Neuroscience, Brain-Machine Interfaces, Neuroimaging, Psychopharmacology, Epigenetics, the Internet, and Our Own Minds Are Stimulating and Enhancing the Future of Mental Power

ISBN-10: 0470376244
ISBN-13: 9780470376249
Edition: 2010
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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/28/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.53" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Scientific breakthroughs and amazing research for harnessing your brain′s powerThis fascinating and highly accessible book presents fantastic but totally feasible projections of what your brain may be capable of in the near future based on today′s technology and the latest scientific breakthroughs. The book reports on how neuroscience is changing the future of human behavior. Shows how we can attract our mates and new ways to heal and keep our bodies fit and trim Explains how we can make successful financial decisions and parent our children for maximum development Reveals how we can stay alive longer, maintaining happiness and good mental health Explores how we can control technology with brain waves, including prosthetic device, machinery, computers and hand held devices Offers insight into how we can cure fatal diseases, and improve our intellectual and physical productivityA highly informative, entertaining, look at the future by the editors and writers of Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazines. Edited and written by Judith Horstman.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Your Changeable Brain: Neurogenesis, Neuroplasticity, and Epigenetics
The Birth of Brain Cells: Neurogenesis
Changes in Your Brain: Neuroplasticity
Changes in Your Genes: Epigenetics
Keeping Your New Brain Cells
No Pain, No Gain
Brain Training Programs: Help or Hype?
What's Next? And What About My Brain?
Boosting Your Brain Power
The Brave New. Pharmacy
Juicing the Brain: The "Smart Drugs"
The Caveats: Are These Really "Smart Pills"-and Are They Safe?
Six Drug-Free Ways to Boost Your Brain
Boosting Your Brain with Meditation
Meditation Means Changing Your Brain
Whats Next? And What About My Brain?
Manipulating Your Memory
Memories Are Made of This-We Hope
How Memory Works-the Short Version
Alzheimer's Disease: The Memory Epidemic
What We Know Now About Dementia
Marijuana to Ward Off Alzheimer's? Wow. Like, Cool
Making Memories Stick Around
Erasing Bad Memories: A Morning-After Pill for the Brain
The Toll of Mental Illness-and Anxiety
What's Next? And What About My Brain?
Digital You: What the Digital Explosion Is Doing to Your iBrain
Are You Born Digital-or a Digital Immigrant?
The Brains of Digital Natives
The Bad, the Good, and the Unknown Effects of Technology
The Future Is Closer Than You Think
Uses of the Digital You
What About My Body? Balancing the iBrain and Your Sensory Self
Beyond Digital: The Serious Need for Play
What's Next? And What About My Brain?
Looking Inside Your Brain: The Magic of Neuroimaging
Smile, Say Cheese? Not Exactly: How an MRI Works
Picture This: Psychopath, Pedophile, Autistic Toddler
Scanning the Other Half of Your Brain: Why White Matter Matters
The Limits of Brain Scans
The Five Flaws of Brain Scans
What's Next? And What About My Brain?
Rewiring the Brain Electric
The Electrical Revolution: A History of Hot-Wiring Your Head
The Current Brain Research: Magnets to Implants
Discovering Depression's Sweet Spot
Could Implants Help Alzheimer's Patients?
What's Next? And What About My Brain?
Your Bionic Brain: The Merging of Brain with Machines
Spare Parts
Bionic Brain Research Today
The Britannica in Your Brain-and More
Artificial Retinas: Giving Sight to the Blind
An Artificial Hippocampus?
Putting Thoughts into Action
How and Why Your Brain Is Better Than a Computer-for Now
What's Next? And What About My Brain?
The Possible Dreams: Stem Cells, Gene Therapy, and Nanotechnology
The Future of Stem Cells
Retinal Stem Cells from Adults Show Promise
The Promise of Gene Therapy
Nanomedicine
What's Next? And What About My Brain?
Neuroethics: Facing the Dark Side
Stem Cells: Still Fighting After All These Years
Liar, Liar: Can Brain Scans Reveal the Truth?
Responsibility: My Sick Brain Made Me Do It (The Devil Made Me Do It?)
Privacy Bias, and Self-incrimination
Psychotreatment: Should We Force Psychopharmacological Therapies?
Mental Doping on the Rise: They Jail Athletes, Don's They
Issues Yet to Come: A Future of Busy Lawyers
The Past Is Prologue: To the Future
Sources
Illustration Credits
Glossary
About the Author
Index

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