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The Three-Pound Enigma: The Human Brain and the Quest to Unlock Its Mysteries.

THE THREE-POUND ENIGMA: The Human Brain and the Quest to unlock Its Mysteries SHANNON MOFFETT

The human brain is a fragile, watery mass that is nevertheless more powerful and complex than any computer and that houses the very essence of a person. Neuroscientists have yet to determine what produces consciousness, why we dream, or how amnesiacs can store information without remembering it. Moffett, a medical student at Stanford University, examines the latest research into how the brain processes information. Each chapter is devoted to a different aspect of brain research, from functional magnetic resonance imaging of memory formation, to linking specific neurons and experiences, to probing the effects of meditation on the brain. Moffett describes how the brain develops and changes over a person's lifetime. She provides an educational, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the efforts of neuroscientists to uncover the brain's secrets. Algonquin, 2006, 304 p., b&w illus,, hardcover, $24.95.
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Date:Jan 21, 2006
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