The Custom-Made Brain: Cerebral Plasticity, Regeneration, and Enhancement

Hardcover | June 3, 2014

byJean-Didier Vincent, Pierre-Marie LledoTranslated byLaurence Garey

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Two leading neuroscientists introduce the concepts of "cerebral plasticity" and the "regenerating brain," describing what we know now about the processes through which the brain constantly reconstructs itself and the potential benefits this knowledge could have in addressing concerns for neurological, cognitive, and emotional health.

The authors begin with a survey of the fundamental scientific developments that led to our current understanding of the regenerative mind, elucidating the breakthrough neurobiological studies that paved the way for our present understanding of the brain's plasticity and regenerative capabilities. They then discuss the application of these findings to such issues as depression, dyslexia, schizophrenia, and cognitive therapy, incorporating the latest technologies in neuroimaging, optogenetics, and nanotechnology. Their work shows the brain is anything but a static organ, ceasing to grow as human beings become adults. Rather, the brain is dynamic, evolving organically in relation to physical, cultural, historical, and affective stimuli, a plasticity that provides early hope to survivors of trauma and degenerative disorders.

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Two leading neuroscientists introduce the concepts of "cerebral plasticity" and the "regenerating brain," describing what we know now about the processes through which the brain constantly reconstructs itself and the potential benefits this knowledge could have in addressing concerns for neurological, cognitive, and emotional health.T...

Jean-Didier Vincent is professor emeritus at the University of Paris-Sud-Orsay and a member of the Faculty of Medicine, Paris-Sud-Kremlin-Bicêtre. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Voyage extraordinaire au centre du cerveau (Extraordinary Voyage to the Center of the Brain) and Biologie des passions (The Biology of Emotions) and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 3, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231164505

ISBN - 13:9780231164504

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AcknowledgmentsTranslator's Note1. Introduction2. And Then There Was Shape3. The Masterpiece4. The Workshop of the Brain5. The Brain Under Repair6. The Enhanced BrainEpilogueNotesIndex

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Other works have addressed all these issues separately, but no other single book integrates them into one cohesive volume... Highly recommended.