Your Brain

ISBN-10: 0596517785
ISBN-13: 9780596517786
Edition: 2008 (Revised)
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Description: Puzzles and brain twisters to keep your mind sharp and your memory intact are all the rage today. More and more people -- Baby Boomers and information workers in particular -- are becoming concerned about their gray matter's ability to function, and  More...

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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 261
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Puzzles and brain twisters to keep your mind sharp and your memory intact are all the rage today. More and more people -- Baby Boomers and information workers in particular -- are becoming concerned about their gray matter's ability to function, and with good reason. As this sensible and entertaining guide points out, your brain is easily your most important possession. It deserves proper upkeep. Your Brain: The Missing Manual is a practical look at how to get the most out of your brain -- not just how the brain works, but how you can use it more effectively . What makes this book different than the average self-help guide is that it's grounded in current neuroscience. You get a quick tour of several aspects of the brain, complete with useful advice about: Brain Food: The right fuel for the brain and how the brain commands hunger (including an explanation of the different chemicals that control appetite and cravings) Sleep: The sleep cycle and circadian rhythm, and how to get a good night's sleep (or do the best you can without it) Memory: Techniques for improving your recall Reason: Learning to defeat common sense; logical fallacies (including tactics for winning arguments); and good reasons for bad prejudices Creativity and Problem-Solving: Brainstorming tips and thinking not outside the box, but about the box -- in other words, find the assumptions that limit your ideas so you can break through them Understanding Other People's Brains: The battle of the sexes and babies developing brains Learn about the built-in circuitry that makes office politics seem like a life-or-death struggle, causes you to toss important facts out of your memory if they're not emotionally charged, and encourages you to eat huge amounts of high-calorie snacks. With Your Brain: The Missing Manual you'll discover that, sometimes, you can learn to compensate for your brain or work around its limitations -- or at least to accept its eccentricities. Exploring your brain is the greatest adventure and biggest mystery you'll ever face. This guide has exactly the advice you need.

Matthew MacDonald is an author,educator, and MCSD developer who has a passion for emerging technologies. He isthe author of more than a dozen books about .NET programming. In a dimly-remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics.

The Missing Credits
Introduction
Warming Up
A Lap Around the Brain
A First Look at Your Brain
The Brain: An Archeological Site
The Brain's Wiring
Mental Fitness
Brain Food: Healthy Eating
The Brain's Energy Use
Brain Fuel
A Brain-Friendly Diet
The Secret Gears of Appetite
Sleep: Taking Your Brain Offline
Your Biological Clock
Why We Sleep
The Sleep Cycle
REM Sleep
Dream Analysis
Exploring Your Brain
Perception
The Doors of Perception
Optical Illusions
Your Shifty Eyes
Distortions and Mismeasurements
Seeing Things
Ignoring Things
Other Perception-Distorting Assumptions
Dizzy Yourself Silly with Optical Illusions on the Web
Memory
The Remembrance of Things Past
Short-Term Memory
Long-Term Memory
Techniques for Better Remembering
Better Learning
Emotions
Understanding Emotion
Pleasure: The Reward System
Fear: Avoiding Death
Stress
In Search of Happiness
Reason
The Thinking Brain
Common Sense
Moral Calculus
Statistical Blunders
Critical Thinking
Problem Solving
Creative Thinking Tools
Your Personality
The Building Blocks of Personality
A Personality Test
Dissecting Your Personality
The Personality Fit
Understanding Other People's Brains
The Battle of the Sexes
Gender in the Brain
Are Gender Differences Real?
Love and Relationships
The Developing Brain
Before Birth
Childhood
The Teenage Years
Old Age
Nature vs. Nurture
Index

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