Your Brain, Explained: What Neuroscience Reveals About Your Brain and its Quirks (Paperback)
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Sleep. Memory. Pleasure. Fear. Language. We experience these things every day, but how do our brains create them?
Your Brain, Explained is a personal tour around your gray matter. Neuroscientist Marc Dingman gives you a crash course in how your brain works and explains the latest research on the brain functions that affect you on a daily basis.
You'll also discover what happens when the brain doesn't work the way it should, causing problems such as insomnia, ADHD, depression, or addiction. You'll learn how neuroscience is working to fix these problems, and how you can build up your defenses against the most common faults of the mind.
Along the way you'll find out:
· Why brain training games don't prevent dementia
· What it's like to remember every day of your life as if it were yesterday
· Which popular psychiatric drug was created from German rocket fuel
· How you might unknowingly be sabotaging your sleep
Drawing on the author's popular YouTube series, 2-minute Neuroscience, this is a friendly, engaging introduction to the human brain and its quirks from the perspective of a neuroscientist--using real-life examples and the author's own eye-opening illustrations. Your brain is yours to discover!
About the Author
Marc Dingman received his PhD in Neuroscience in 2013 from The Pennsylvania State University. Since then, he has been a faculty member in the Biobehavioral Health Department at Penn State, where he teaches courses in neuroscience and the health sciences. He also spends much of his free time teaching people about neuroscience through his website (neurochallenged.com) and his popular YouTube series, 2-Minute Neuroscience. He lives outside State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two children.
"Reading like a collection of detective stories, Your Brain, Explained combines classic cases in the history of neurology with findings stemming from the latest techniques used to probe the brain's secrets."—Stanley Finger, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University (St. Louis), author, Origins of Neuroscience
"An informative, accessible and engaging book for anyone who has even the slightest interest in how the brain works, but doesn't know where to begin."—Dean Burnett, PhD, author, Happy Brain and Idiot Brain
"Dingman weaves classic studies with modern research into easily digestible sections, to provide an excellent primer on the rapidly advancing field of neuroscience."—Moheb Costandi, author, Neuroplasticity and 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know
"...a highly readable and accessible introduction to the operation of the brain and current issues in neuroscience...a wonderful introduction to the field."—Frank Amthor, PhD, Professor of Psychology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, author, Neuroscience for Dummies
"... A fun and informative read...I learned a lot and you will too!"—John E. Dowling, PhD, Gordon and Llura Gund Research Professor of Neurosciences, Harvard University, author, Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition