The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human, Library Edition

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The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human, Library Edition

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Edition: Library

Publisher: Tantor Media Inc

Publish Date: Jan 2011

ISBN-13: 9781452630649

ISBN-10: 145263064X

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V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field-so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the "Marco Polo of neuroscience." Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved. Synesthesia becomes a window into the brain mechanisms that make some of us more creative than others. And autism-for which Ramachandran opens a new direction for treatment-gives us a glimpse of the aspect of being human that we understand least: self-awareness. Ramachandran tackles the most exciting and controversial topics in neurology with a storyteller's eye for compelling case studies and a researcher's flair for new approaches to age-old questions. Tracing the strange links between neurology and behavior, this book unveils a wealth of clues into the deepest mysteries of the human brain.

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Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
Publish Date: Jan 2011
ISBN-13: 9781452630649
ISBN-10: 145263064X
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.78
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.0 x 6.5 x 1.25
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Review by Library Journal (2011-05-15)

With arguably less name recognition than Oliver Sacks (The Mind's Eye, etc.), neurologist Ramachandran (A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness) covers similar ground for a similar audience, seeking to explain how a normal human brain works by studying individuals with unusual neurological problems. His strength is in constructing relatively simple experiments in order to test his ideas and theories about complex perceptual and behavioral abnormalities. Actor/narrator David Drummond presents the material with much more verve than one might expect from such a specialized and technical topic. Illustrations and figures from the text are retrievable as "bonus material" from the audio CDs. An appealing exploration of a fascinating subject; recommended wherever Sacks does well.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/10; the Norton Nb will be released in March 2012.-Ed.] - Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA

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V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field-so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the "Marco Polo of neuroscience". Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved. Synesthesia becomes a window into the brain mechanisms that make some of us more creative than others.

And autism-for which Ramachandran opens a new direction for treatment-gives us a glimpse of the aspect of being human that we understand least: self-awareness. Ramachandran tackles the most exciting and controversial topics in neurology with a storyteller's eye for compelling case studies and a researcher's flair for new approaches to age-old questions. Tracing the strange links between neurology and behavior, this book unveils a wealth of clues into the deepest mysteries of the human brain.

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