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What makes us human and unique among all creatures is our brain. Consciousness, perception, emotion, memory, learning, language, and intelligence all originate in and depend on the brain. Over the past century, our understanding of the brain has raced forward to reveal many of the mechanisms by which the brain creates mind and consciousness. In this brief introduction to the brain, neuroscientist John Dowling conveys to the general reader the essence and vitality of the field of neuroscience-the progress we are making in understanding how brains work and some of our strategies for studying brain function. Dowling often relates the exciting discoveries of neuroscience to specific examples of brain phenomena such as disease, mental illness, aging, or brain injury, demonstrating how these alterations in brain function cast light on normalcy and describing some of the therapies enabled by our understanding of the brain.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393974461
ISBN-10: 0393974464
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John E. Dowling

Dr. John E. Dowling is Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Natural Sciences at Harvard University, where he teaches a popular undergraduate general education course on the brain. He has done extensive research into the neurobiology of vision.

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