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Neuronal Man : The Biology of Mind - Jean-Pierre Changeux

Neuronal Man

The Biology of Mind

Paperback Published: 22nd April 1997
ISBN: 9780691026664
Number Of Pages: 368

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Over the past thirty-five years, there has been an explosive increase in scientists' ability to explain the structure and functioning of the human brain. While psychology has advanced our understanding of human behavior, various other sciences, such as anatomy, physiology, and biology, have determined the critical importance of synapses and, through the use of advanced technology, made it possible actually to see brain cells at work within the skull's walls. Here Jean-Pierre Changeux elucidates our current knowledge of the human brain, taking an interdisciplinary approach and explaining in layman's terms the complex theories and scientific breakthroughs that have significantly improved our understanding in the twentieth century.

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"Jean-Pierre Changeux ... explores the fascinating question of how the human brain, similar in so many ways to the brains of less developed species, is able to accomplish so much more... [He] presents his ... view with verve, conviction, and an admirable lucidity."--Richard Restak, Washington Post Book World "An outstanding attempt to convey to the general public an interdisciplinary understanding of the human nervous system."--Nature

Preface
The "Organ of the Soul" - from Ancient Egypt to the Belle Epoquep. 3
Man Thinks with His Brainp. 3
Body and Soulp. 7
Phrenologyp. 13
The Neuronp. 21
Electric Current and "Medicinal Substances"p. 29
The "Good Sense" of Historyp. 36
The Component Parts of the Brainp. 38
The Macroscopic View of the Brainp. 39
The Expansion of the Neocortexp. 43
Microcircuitsp. 46
Wiringp. 52
Modules or Crystalsp. 58
From Mouse to Manp. 65
Animal Spiritsp. 67
Cerebral Electricityp. 68
The Nerve Signalp. 73
Oscillatorsp. 77
From One Neuron to Anotherp. 83
The Keys to Molecule Locksp. 90
"Psychic Atoms" Reexaminedp. 95
Into Actionp. 97
To Sing and to Fleep. 98
To Drink and to Sufferp. 103
To Enjoy and to Be Angryp. 107
To Reach Orgasmp. 112
To Analyzep. 115
To Speak and to Dop. 120
From Stimulus to Responsep. 124
Mental Objectsp. 126
The Materiality of Mental Imagesp. 127
From Percept to Concept and Thoughtp. 130
Toward a Biological Theory of Mental Objectsp. 134
Assembling the Neuronsp. 140
Problems of Consciousnessp. 145
Attentionp. 151
The Calculation of Emotionp. 158
Seeing Mental Objectsp. 161
The Substance of the Spiritp. 168
The Power of the Genesp. 170
Anatomical Mutationsp. 171
Heredity and Behaviorp. 175
The Simplicity of the Genome and the Complexity of the Brainp. 180
The Automaton Cellp. 186
The Embryo Systemp. 191
The Genesis of the Cortexp. 195
The Predestination of the Brainp. 202
Epigenesisp. 205
Differences between Identical Twinsp. 206
The Behavior of the Growth Conep. 212
Regression and Redundancyp. 216
The Dreams of the Embryop. 220
Building the Synapsep. 223
The Theory of Epigenesis by Selective Stabilization of Synapsesp. 227
The Experimental Testing of Epigenesisp. 229
Hemispheric Specialization - a Genetic or Epigenetic Process?p. 235
The Cultural Imprintp. 241
"To Learn Is to Eliminate"p. 246
Anthropogenesisp. 250
Monkey Chromosomesp. 251
Fossil Puzzlesp. 255
The Winks of the Young Chimpanzeep. 259
Genes for Communication and Selective Stabilizationp. 264
The Genetics of Australopithecusp. 268
The "Phenomenon of Man" Reconsideredp. 271
The Brain - Representation of the Worldp. 273
Glossaryp. 285
Notesp. 293
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9780691026664
ISBN-10: 0691026661
Series: Princeton Science Library (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 22nd April 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.57  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Type: Revised

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