A Day in the Life of the Brain

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Author: Ana Maria Rodriguez

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438101023

Category: Brain

Page: 111

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Here is a creative new introduction to the central and peripheral nervous systems and how they work together to keep the body functioning. A Day in the Life of the Brain will draw readers in as it follows a fictional character and the activities of his brain through his day, from waking up, to going to class, to soccer practice, to bedtime. This lively explanation of neuroscience also dispels a number of brain myths, such as the misconception that brain damage is always permanent.

The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain

A 24 hour Journal of What's Happening in Your Brain as you Sleep, Dream, Wake Up, Eat, Work, Play, Fight, Love, Worry, Compete, Hope, Make Important Decisions, Age and Change

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Author: Judith Horstman,Scientific American

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470500514

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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Have you ever wondered what’s happening in your brain as you go through a typical day and night? This fascinating book presents an hour-by-hour round-the-clock journal of your brain’s activities. Drawing on the treasure trove of information from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazines as well as original material written specifically for this book, Judith Horstman weaves together a compelling description of your brain at work and at play. The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain reveals what’s going on in there while you sleep and dream, how your brain makes memories and forms addictions and why we sometimes make bad decisions. The book also offers intriguing information about your emotional brain, and what’s happening when you’re feeling love, lust, fear and anxiety—and how sex, drugs and rock and roll tickle the same spots. Based on the latest scientific information, the book explores your brain’s remarkable ability to change, how your brain can make new neurons even into old age and why multitasking may be bad for you. Your brain is uniquely yours – but research is showing many of its day-to-day cycles are universal. This book gives you a look inside your brain and some insights into why you may feel and act as you do. The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain is written in the entertaining, informative and easy-to-understand style that fans of Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazine have come to expect.

THE VOYAGERS: A Day In the Life of a Miner

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Author: Michael Walsh

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1291851690

Category: Fiction

Page: 258

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Many ex-coalminers will find in this novel a powerful reminder of their own life 'down the pit' as it skilfully recreates a typical day in the life of Luke, a British coalface worker in the 1970's. Although the main action takes place over a single day and just one shift, the author delves back into Luke's trainee days in the 1950's. But it's not just old miners who will benefit from this story as the author carefully explains the various operations involved in bringing coal out from deep in the ground up to the surface and all the various specialists forming this tremendous team effort, from the shotfirers and rippers to the deputies, belt-end attendants and lamp-room men, electricians and mechanics, the tackle runners and the haulage men, the grease monkeys and the workers at the coal face itself, struggling to maintain productivity in the face of never-ending management demands.

The Triune Brain in Evolution

Role in Paleocerebral Functions

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Author: P.D. MacLean

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780306431685

Category: Medical

Page: 672

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The main substance of the present book concerns comparative neurobehavioral and clinical studies germane to evolutionary considerations. Here the evidence, along with other considerations, seems to present an surmountable obstacle to our ever obtaining confidence in scientific or other intellectual beliefs---a confidence that is essential to make it worthwhile to pursue a search for the meaning of life. If the reader were able to contradict or circumvent the interpretations that have been reached in this respect, that would be a contribution of endless value.

AARP The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain

The Neuroscience of Making the Most of Your Mature Mind

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Author: Judith Horstman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118408721

Category: Medical

Page: 272

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AARP Digital Editions offer you practical tips, provensolutions, and expert guidance. ScientificAmerican and Scientific AmericanMind have good news about getting older! AARP The Scientific American Healthy AgingBrain taps into the most current research to present arealistic and encouraging view of the well-aged brain, a soberinglook at what can go wrong––and at what might help youand your brain stay healthy longer. Neurologists and psychologistshave discovered the aging brain is much more elastic and supplethan previously thought, and that happiness actually increases withage. While our short-term memory may not be what it was, dementiais not inevitable. Far from disintegrating, the elder brain cancontinue to develop and adapt in many ways and stay sharp as itages. Offers new insights on how an aging brain can repair itself,and the five best strategies for keeping your brain healthy Shows how older brains can acquire new skills, perspective, andproductivity Dispels negative myths about aging Explores what to expect as our brains grow older With hope and truth, this book helps us preserve whatwe’ve got, minimize what we’ve lost, and optimize thevigor and health of our maturing brains.

Behavioral Teratogenesis and Behavioral Mutagenesis

A Primer in Abnormal Development

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Author: E.L. Abel

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 146130735X

Category: Medical

Page: 254

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Most textbooks are cumbersome to carry, expensive to buy, difficult to read, and boring. They have no plot, no characterization, no suspense, no climax. What they have are facts. If Dragnet's Sgt. Friday were Scientist Friday, the script wouldn't be much different "just the facts, ma'am." Students can't escape textbooks. But like death and taxes, they are necessary evils. of old ideas makes room for new ones. Death makes room for new people and the death Taxes are the dues we pay to live in a country. Everybody gets stuck with paying some kind of dues and students are no exception. Students pay dues in the form of tuition to listen to professors lecture, and they also pay dues in what a former governor of California called' 'psychic bucks" -time, concentration, independent study, reading textbooks like this one-to come up with the correct answers to exam questions. Textbooks on economics will tell you about where our tuition bucks come from. This book is about where our psychic bucks come from and the forces that can bankrupt our psychic nest eggs.

A Day in Your Life

24 Hours Inside the Human Body

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Author: Hilary Jones

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409045676

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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Have you ever wondered why it takes so long to get out of bed in the morning? And why you always wake up bursting for a pee? Why that small blackhead has erupted into a hideous red spot overnight? And why stepping into a hot shower gives you goose bumps? Following an average family and their daily routine, Dr Hilary Jones takes you on a bold and captivating journey through the human body, answering these questions and hundreds more. From how our bodies function to why they react in certain ways, Dr Hilary tackles the questions that matter and examines what makes us tick. Fascinating and highly entertaining, A Day in Your Life reveals the incredible nature of the human body.

Consciousness and the Brain

Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts

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Author: Stanislas Dehaene

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698151402

Category: Science

Page: 352

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WINNER OF THE 2014 BRAIN PRIZE From the acclaimed author of Reading in the Brain, a breathtaking look at the new science that can track consciousness deep in the brain How does our brain generate a conscious thought? And why does so much of our knowledge remain unconscious? Thanks to clever psychological and brain-imaging experiments, scientists are closer to cracking this mystery than ever before. In this lively book, Stanislas Dehaene describes the pioneering work his lab and the labs of other cognitive neuroscientists worldwide have accomplished in defining, testing, and explaining the brain events behind a conscious state. We can now pin down the neurons that fire when a person reports becoming aware of a piece of information and understand the crucial role unconscious computations play in how we make decisions. The emerging theory enables a test of consciousness in animals, babies, and those with severe brain injuries. A joyous exploration of the mind and its thrilling complexities, Consciousness and the Brain will excite anyone interested in cutting-edge science and technology and the vast philosophical, personal, and ethical implications of finally quantifying consciousness. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Emotional Life of Your Brain

How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live - and How You Can Change Them

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Author: Sharon Begley,Richard Davidson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 144470883X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

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This groundbreaking book by a pioneer in neuroscience brings a new understanding of our emotions - why each of us responds so differently to the same life events and what we can do to change and improve our emotional lives. If you believe most self-help books, you would probably assume that we are all affected in the same way by events like grief or falling in love or being jilted and that only one process can help us handle them successfully. From thirty years of studying brain chemistry, Davidson shows just why and how we are all so different. Just as we all have our own DNA, so we each have our own emotional 'style' depending on our individual levels of dimensions like resilience, attention and self-awareness. Helping us to recognise our own emotional style, Davidson also shows how our brain patterns can change over our lives - and, through his fascinating experiments, what we can do to improve our emotional responses through, for example, meditation. Deepening our understanding of the mind-body connection - as well as conditions like autism and depression - Davidson stretches beyond mainstream psychology and neuroscience and expands our view of what it means to be human.

Ischemic Blood Flow in the Brain

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Author: Y. Fukuuchi,M. Tomita,A. Koto

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9784431702924

Category: Medical

Page: 466

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Because stroke is essentially a disease of the vessels and blood flow, the most fundamental aspects of ischemic blood flow in the brain are under investigation by researchers. Their work was the focus of the sixth in the series of Keio University International Symposia for Life Sciences and Medicine, held in Tokyo in 1999. Selected here are 55 papers from the symposium, covering the buffy coat (glycocalyx) of endothelial cells, the blood-brain barrier and permeability, gene expression, vascular reactivity, dysregulation, inflammatory deterioration, cortical spreading depression, edema, microvascular derangement, and pathology, in ten major sections. The book includes the thought-provoking discussions that followed the presentations, thus providing an invaluable source of up-to-date information not only for researchers investigating microcirculation but also for clinicians implementing the most effective treatment for stroke patients.

Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

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Author: Dacher Keltner

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393073351

Category: Science

Page: 352

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“A landmark book in the science of emotions and its implications for ethics and human universals.”—Library Journal, starred review In this startling study of human emotion, Dacher Keltner investigates an unanswered question of human evolution: If humans are hardwired to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish, and short,” why have we evolved with positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and cooperative societies? Illustrated with more than fifty photographs of human emotions, Born to Be Good takes us on a journey through scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy. Positive emotions, Keltner finds, lie at the core of human nature and shape our everyday behavior—and they just may be the key to understanding how we can live our lives better. Some images in this ebook are not displayed owing to permissions issues.

The Immune System and the Developing Brain

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Author: Jaclyn Schwarz,Staci Bilbo

Publisher: Biota Publishing

ISBN: 1615043527

Category: Science

Page: 128

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The developing brain is exquisitely sensitive to both endogenous and exogenous signals which direct or significantly alter the developmental trajectory of cells, neural circuits, and associated behavioral outcomes for the life of the individual. Contrary to initial dogma that the brain is one of the few organs within the body that is immune-privileged, evidence indicates that the immune system has a critical role in brain function during development as well as during sickness and health in adulthood. Microglia are the primary immune cells within the brain, and they are in constant communication with the peripheral immune system and surrounding cell types within the brain. We describe the important role of the immune system, including microglia, during brain development, and discuss some of the many ways in which immune activation during early brain development can affect the later-life outcomes of neural function, immune function, and cognition. Growing evidence indicates that there is a strong link between many neuropsychiatric disorders and immune dysfunction, with a distinct etiology in neurodevelopment. Thus, understanding the role of the immune system and immune activation during the critical period of brain development is a necessary step toward understanding the potential origins of these devastating disorders. Table of Contents: Introduction / The Immune Response / Brain-Immune Communication / Microglia Are Immune Cells of the Brain / The Functional Role of Microglia and Immune Molecules in Neurodevelopment / Early-Life Programming of Brain and Behavior: A Critical Role for the Immune System / Commonly Used Models of Early Life Immune Activation in the Rodent / Early Life Immune Activation and Cognitive Impairment in Adulthood / Mechanisms Underlying the Enduring Changes in Neuroimmune Function Caused by Early Life Infection / Toll-Like Receptors and Immune Activation During Early Brain Development / Environmental Triggers of TLR Activation: Long-Term Programming of Brain and Behavior / Future Directions to Understanding Immune Function and Brain Development / References

The Life Summit

Map Out The Life Of Your Dreams In 6 Easy Steps

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Author: Tim Levy

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1600379257

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 200

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The Life Summit is a simple process to help you get clear about what you desire in life and then create a practical plan of action to bring those things into reality. In six simple steps, you’ll link your soaring creative spirit to grounded, logical business strategies and begin to realize the perfect life that until now has only existed in your dreams.

Ethical Practice in Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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Author: Joanna Collicutt McGrath

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198568995

Category: Medical

Page: 182

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Ethical Practice in Brain Injury Rehabilitation helps rehabilitation professionals deal effectively with the difficult ethical dilemmas that regularly face them in their daily clinical practice. The book takes a multiprofessional perspective, focusing on issues facing therapists, doctors, nurses, and psychologists, and will also be helpful to relatives of people with acquired brain injury. It treats ethics as a special case of good professional practice and takes a practical psychological approach, looking at the thoughts, feelings, and actions that are involved in taking ethical decisions, carrying them out, and living with their consequences. The book tells the story of brain injury from the patients' perspective, and argues that patient-centred practice that strives to uphold patient autonomy and support the reconstitution of personal identity is the basis of good rehabilitation. But it also acknowledges the difficulty in delivering patient-centred practice in a context of limited resources, diverse value systems, uncertain prognosis, and conflicting loyalties. The book contains many case histories, including a series of guided examples that will be useful for individual study or group work.

Treasures in the Sunnah 3

A Scientific Approach

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Author: Zaghlul El-Naggar

Publisher: ScribeDigital.com

ISBN: 1780410158

Category: Religion

Page: 153

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The Noble Sunnah constitutes the second source of Islamic Law and the link between the different generations of the Muslim Ummah on one side and between them and the Prophet (PBUH) on the other. There is no room for doubt concerning the antecedence of the Glorious Qur'an and the Sunnah in referring to a number of scientific facts and secrets. This reference came in a precise, concise, scientific language that makes it thoroughly proficient for Da`wah especially in this modern age of technological and scientific progress.

The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain

The Neuroscience of How, When, Why and Who We Love

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Author: Judith Horstman,Scientific American

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118109538

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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Who do we love? Who loves us? And why? Is love really a mystery,or can neuroscience offer some answers to these age-oldquestions? In her third enthralling book about the brain, Judith Horstmantakes us on a lively tour of our most important sex and love organand the whole smorgasbord of our many kinds of love-from thebonding of parent and child to the passion of erotic love, theaffectionate love of companionship, the role of animals in ourlives, and the love of God. Drawing on the latest neuroscience, she explores why and how weare born to love-how we're hardwired to crave the companionship ofothers, and how very badly things can go without love. Among thefindings: parental love makes our brain bigger, sex and orgasm makeit healthier, social isolation makes it miserable-and although thecraving for romantic love can be described as an addiction,friendship may actually be the most important loving relationshipof your life. Based on recent studies and articles culled from the prestigiousScientific American and Scientific American Mindmagazines, The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, andthe Brain offers a fascinating look at how the brain controlsour loving relationships, most intimate moments, and our deep andbasic need for connection.

Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

Challenges and Developments

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Author: Cristina Morganti-Kossmann,Ramesh Raghupathi,Andrew Maas

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139536354

Category: Medical

Page: N.A

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Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury comprehensively covers the medical and pathological issues related to neurotrauma and its often devastating consequences. Written by globally renowned experts in the field, both clinicians and researchers will find this book invaluable to update their knowledge. This volume is divided into two sections, one covering the brain, the other the spinal cord. Each section discusses the following topics: • The demographic in the developed and developing world where neurotrauma is witnessing a massive expansion • Major clinical issues including advanced semi-experimental monitoring techniques utilized by neurosurgeons and intensivists and the potential use of identifying markers of tissue injury • Overview of major pathophysiological changes • The development of animal models; successes and limitations • Past, current and future therapeutic strategies including rehabilitative opportunities. Presenting the most up-to-date clinical and experimental research in neurotrauma, this volume is essential reading for neurologists, neurosurgeons, intensive care physicians and rehabilitative physicians.