Best of the Brain from Scientific American: Mind, Matter, And Tomorrow's Brain by Floyd E. BloomBest of the Brain from Scientific American: Mind, Matter, And Tomorrow's Brain by Floyd E. Bloom

Best of the Brain from Scientific American: Mind, Matter, And Tomorrow's Brain

EditorFloyd E. Bloom

Hardcover | July 20, 2007

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We hear about a woman with an artificial arm controlled by her mind, read stories about the creative potential of “right-brain” and “left-brain” people, and watch science fiction films featuring characters with implanted mind chips. Yet few of us understand the science behind these and other visionary advances being made today in brain research. Leading neuroscientists and scholars have charted the stream of new findings in Scientific American and Scientific American Mind, and their articles from the past eight years, compiled here in a comprehensive volume, offer diverse and provocative perspectives on various cutting-edge brain science projects. 

Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States, has long been the standard bearer of science journalism, and the brain science articles published in its pages offer unparalleled insights into the world of neuroscience. The expert articles assembled here, divided into three sections, reveal the latest developments of brain research in a compelling and wholly readable fashion and explore the range of fields and topics now included under the umbrella of neuroscience.

Consciousness and creativity are the focus of the “Mind” section, which features such compelling essays as science writer Carl Zimmer’s examination of how the brain creates a sense of self. Steven E. Hyman, Harvard Provost and former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, proposes new ways of diagnosing psychiatric disorders in “Matter,” a section that also features articles on psychological disorders, addictions, and other topics related to the interaction between body and brain. And “Tomorrow’s Brain” reveals the intriguing future potential of man-machine interactions, as well as pioneering new methods of brain treatment. Eminent neuroscientist Floyd E. Bloom also contributes an engaging introduction that situates these pieces on the front lines of brain research.

In today’s technologically driven world, our lives are changing faster than ever, and neuroscience is becoming an integral part of that transformation. Best of the Brain from Scientific American gathers the very best writings on this sea change, providing an invaluable guide to the exhilarating possibilities of neuroscience.

Floyd E. Bloom, MD, is chairman emeritus of the Department of Neuropharmacology at the Scripps Research Institute, past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and former editor-in-chief of Science. He is also the author of twenty-five books.  
Title:Best of the Brain from Scientific American: Mind, Matter, And Tomorrow's BrainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:270 pages, 9 × 7 × 1 inPublished:July 20, 2007Publisher:Dana PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

          Introduction by Floyd E. Bloom, M.D.
          PART 1. MIND
    1.   Unleashing Creativity
          Ulrich Kraft
    2.   Stimulating the Brain
          Mark S. George   
    3.   Freud Returns
          Mark Solms
    4.   The Neurobiology of the Shelf
          Carl Zimmer
    5.   How the Brain Creates the Mind
          Antonio R. Damasio
    6.   The New Science of Mind
          Eric R. Kandel
          PART 2. MATTER
    7.   Vision: A Window on Consciousness
          Nikos K. Logothetis
    8.   Rethinking the 'Lesser Brain'
          James M. Bower and Lawrence M. Parsons
    9.   Sign Language in the Brain
          Gregory Hickok, Ursula Bellugi, and Edward S. Klima
  10.   Hunting for Answers
          Juergen Andrich and Joerg T. Epplen
  11.   Brain, Repair Yourself
          Fred H. Gage
  12.   Diagnosing Disorders
          Steven E. Hyman
  13.   The Addicted Brain
          Eric J. Nestler and Robert C. Malenka
  14.   Decoding Schizophrenia
          Daniel C. Javitt and Joseph T. Coyle
  15.   Turning Off Depression
          David Dobbs
  16.   Treating Depression: Pills or Talk
          Steven D. Hollon, Michael E. Thase, and John C. Markowitz
  17.   The Coming Merging of Mind and Machine
          Ray Kurzweil
  18.   Controlling Robots with the Mind
          Miguel A. L. Nicolelis and John K. Chapin
  19.   Thinking Out Loud
          Nicola Neumann and Niels Birbaumer
  20.   Neuromorphic Microchips
          Kwabena Boahen
  21.   The Quest for a Smart Pill
          Stephen S. Hall

Editorial Reviews

“The study of the human brain and its diseases remains one of the greatest scientific and philosophical challenges ever undertaken. The knowledge we have collected has become so plentiful and significant that it tends to intimidate novices and tempt the unaware into believing that the most important findings are behind us. In fact, the past accomplishments now allow us to pose better and still more interesting questions.”—Floyd E. Bloom, MD, from the Introduction