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The Brain Explainedby Daniel Drubach
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A fascinating read for non-medical layman and allied health field professionals, this unique book on neuroscience goes beyond discussions on the morphology and physiology of the brain by presenting the central nervous system as what it is: not only a group of neurons and lobes, but an extremely complex, integrated system responsible for an extraordinarily wide scope of functions. "Holistic" in approach, it integrates data from the realms of basic sciences, psychology, psychiatry, and neurology - covering a significant amount of updated subject matter plus material rarely found in standard neuroanatomy and neurophysiology texts - such as drug abuse, nutrition, brain plasticity, dreaming, consciousness, and aggression. Presents a witty, conversational and captivating narrative, interjecting discussions of complex concepts with humor, anecdotes, philosophical discussions and clinical case studies. For professionals in such allied health fields as nursing, social work, psychology, and the rehabilitation disciplines, including physical, occupational, recreational and speech and language therapies.
Table of Contents
1. 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 Simultaneously.
2. Structure of the Brain.
The Little Picture; Brain Cells. Neurons. Glial Cells of the Brain. The Big Picture: Structure of the Brain. Brain Connectivity. The Brain as a Metaphysical Transducer.
3. Functional Organization of the Brain.
Input to the Brain. The Final Cortical Representation. Output of the Brain: Human Movement.
4. Brain Plasticity, Intelligence, and Learning.
Brain Plasticity. Intelligence. Learning and Memory.
Anatomy of Words. Words and Meaning. Communication Tools. The Purpose of Language. Language Development. The Window for Acquisition of Language. Word Storage in the Brain. Localization of Language in the Brain. Signs of Malfunction: Aphasia Syndromes.
6. Perception, Attention, Imagination, and Consciousness.
Perception. Brain Mechanisms for Perception. The Individuality of Perception. Imagination. The Frontal Lobe and Active Awareness. Brain Mechanisms Responsible for Consciousness. Signs of Malfunction: Disorders of Attention and Consciousness.
7. Sleep and Dreaming.
What Is Sleep. Stages of Sleep. Dreaming.
8. Nutrition and the Brain.
The Blood/Brain Barrier. Nutrients Needed by the Brain. Neurotransmitters.
9. Drug Abuse and the Brain.
Drugs and Neurons. Tolerance. Withdrawal. Long Term Effects of Drugs on Neurons.
10. Aggression and the Brain.
Definition of Aggression. Classification of Aggression. The Brain and Aggression. Abnormal Aggression. Why are Some Individuals more Aggressive than Others?
11. Interaction Between Body and Brain.
The Autonomic Nervous System. The Neuroendocrinologic System. Brain Control. The Brain and Immunity.
12. Disorders That Can Affect Your Brain.
Vascular Lesions. Infectious Disorders. Autoimmune Disorders. Demyelinating Disorders. Neoplasms. Degenerative Disorders. Toxins. Trauma. Nutritional Disorders.
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