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The Secret Life of the Brain

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Ten years ago, a presidential proclamation ushered in the "Decade of the Brain." We have since realized enormous benefits from this decade of discovery. Scientists now have a better understanding of the complexity of this rather unassuming 3-pound mass of interwoven cells. Over the years, we have gleaned insights into how the brain functions, physically and chemically. We ...more
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published October 2nd 2001 by National Academy Press
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Kathe
Jun 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ally
Recommended to Kathe by: Decathalon team
I actually had to read this to coach the Science portion of our Academic Decathalon, but found it really interesting. If you are wondering what happens to your brain as you grow, you'd be really interested to know all the things happening that affect you greatly at different points in your life. There really is a reason you act like you do, plus all the things that could happen at different stages of development that could mess you up.
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
There's an amazing documentary series available which is a companion to this book by the same name, The Secret Life of the Brain . Both the book and documentary marked my first real grappling with the many philosophical and psychological implications of being thinking creatures with the most complex structure known to us being an orb of tangled flesh which is the seat of all mental life.
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FS: "The brain's physical construction and location contribute to its secrecy."

LS: "The brain retains many more tantalizing secrets that within our foreseeable future will continue to challenge, puzzle, and fascinate."
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Richard M. Restak M.D. is an award-winning neuroscientist, neuropsychiatrist and writer. The best-selling author of nineteen acclaimed books about the brain, he has also penned dozens of articles for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. A fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and ...more
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