Think tank : forty neuroscientists explore the biological roots of human experience / edited by David J. Linden. - x, 296 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Primer : our human brain was not designed all at once by a genius inventor on a blank sheet of paper / Science is an ongoing process, not a belief system / Developing, changing. Genetics provides a window on human individuality / Though the brain has billions of neurons, wiring it all up may depend upon very simple rules / From birth onward, our experience of the world is dominated by the brain's continual conversation with itself / Children's brains are different / Your twelve-year-old isn't just sprouting new hair but is also forming (and being formed by) new neural connections / How you use your brain can change its basic structural organization / Tool use can instantly rewire the brain / Life experiences and addictive drugs change your brain in similar ways / Signaling. Like it or not, the brain grades on a curve / The brain achieves its computational power through a massively parallel architecture / The brain harbors many neurotransmitters / Anticipating, sensing, moving. The eye knows what is good for us / You have a superpower -- it's called vision / The sense of taste encompasses two roles : conscious taste perception and subconscious metabolic responses / It takes an ensemble of strangely shaped nerve endings to build a touch / The bane of pain is plainly in the brain / Time's weird in the brain -- that's a good thing, and here's why / Electrical signals in the brain are strangely comprehensible / A comparative approach is imperative for the understanding of brain function / The cerebellum learns to predict the physics of our movements / Neuroscience can show us a new way to rehabilitate brain injury : the case of stroke / Almost everything you do is a habit / Relating. Interpreting information in voice requires brain circuits for emotional recognition and expression / Mind reading emerged at least twice in the course of evolution / We are born to help others / Intense romantic love uses subconscious survival circuits in the brain / Human sexual orientation is strongly influenced by biological factors / Deciding. Deep down, you are a scientist / Studying monkey brains can teach us about advertising / Beauty matters in ways we know and in ways we don't / "Man can do what he wants, but he cannot will what he wants" / The brain is overrated / Dopamine made you do it / The human brain, the true creator of everything, cannot be simulated by any Turing machine / There is no principle that prevents us from eventually building machines that think / Epilogue. David J. Linden -- William B. Kristan Jr. and Kathleen A. French -- Jeremy Nathans ; Alex L. Kolodkin ; Sam Wang ; Amy Bastian ; Linda Wilbrecht ; Melissa Lau and Hollis Cline ; Alison L. Barth ; Julie Kauer -- Indira M. Raman ; Liqun Luo ; Solomon H. Snyder -- Aniruddha Das ; Charles E. Connor ; Paul A.S. Breslin ; David D. Ginty ; Allan Basbaum ; Marshall G. Hussain Shuler and Vijay M.K. Namboodiri ; David Foster ; Cynthia F. Moss ; Scott T. Albert and Reza Shadmehr ; John W. Krakauer ; Adrian M. Haith -- Darcy B. Kelley ; Gül Dölen ; Peggy Mason ; Lucy L. Brown ; David J. Linden -- Yael Niv ; Michael Platt ; Anjan Chatterjee ; Scott M. Sternson ; Asif A. Ghazanfar ; Terrence Sejnowski ; Miguel A.L. Nicolelis ; Michael D. Mauk --

Neuroscientist David J. Linden approached leading brain researchers and asked each the same question: "What idea about brain function would you most like to explain to the world?" Their responses make up this one-of-a-kind collection of popular science essays that seeks to expand our knowledge of the human mind and its possibilities. The contributors, whose areas of expertise include human behavior, molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, and comparative anatomy, address a host of fascinating topics ranging from personality to perception, to learning, to beauty, to love and sex. The manner in which individual experiences can dramatically change our brains' makeup is explored.

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QP376 / .T465 2018

612.8/2

WL 300