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The new brain : how the modern age is rewiring your mind
Restak, Richard M., 1942-
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Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, [2003]

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xii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Brain plasticity: your brain changes every day -- Genius and superior performance: Are we all capable? -- Attention deficit: the brain syndrome of our era -- More images than ever: Is it destabilizing our brains? -- The happy brain: the joy and music in you -- Modern imaging techniques: windows on the brain -- Cosmetic psychopharmacology -- Healing the diseased brain: new attempts at brain repair -- The new brain.
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The era of the New Brain is upon us. Once a mysterious, hidden organ locked within our skulls, modern brain science now provides us with insights about the brain that only a few decades ago would have been considered the stuff of science fiction. We can now study the brain in "real time," witnessing how it functions while taking a test, practicing a craft, experiencing an emotion, or making a decision. Brain tests can even indicate when we're telling the truth or when we're lying.

Dr. Richard Restak reports from the frontiers of modern brain science and asks the relevant questions such as, is Attention Deficit Disorder the brain syndrome of the future? Is it a "normal" response to the modern world's demand to attend to several things at once? What happens in our brains when the image replaces language as the primary means of communication? How does exposure to violent imagery affect our brains? Are we capable of "genius" and training our brains to perform at a superior level?

The New Brain is the story of technology and biology converging to influence the evolution of the human brain. Dramatic advances are now possible, as well as the potential for misuse and abuse.

Dr. Restak, author of more than 15 books on the brain, leads you through the latest research and the expanding field of cognitive science, explains its implications, and even offers practical advice such as how to:

* Understand and mitigate the affects of media images and technology on our thoughts and emotions
* Estimate the effects of stress on our brain function and how to predict who is at greatest risk for harm
* Develop the habits that result in peak brain performance

No longer science fiction or fantasy, The New Brain recounts what our brains are capable of-- today.

Author Notes

He is a neuropsychiatrist and clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University Medical Center. Author of the bestselling The Brain, a companion to the PBS series of the same name, as well as The Mind and The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own, he lives in Washington, D.C.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Restak (Mozart's Brain), a neurosurgeon and popular science writer on the brain, focuses on new technology for examining the physiology of the brain (such as MRI) and how it allows us to monitor and control a far wider range of activities than was formerly possible. Recent work holds the potential for, among other things, reducing the use of psychopharmacological drugs that have unpredictable side effects; substituting one sense (touch) for another (sight); and direct repair of brain and other neurological damage. Restak also demonstrates how the brain is modified the old-fashioned way, such as by practicing a skill. The negative aspects of recent work are invoked in more polemical than scientific prose, such as the specter of social control through "medicalization" of everything, and how the overstimulation of our brains by modern society is giving us all ADD. Hackles will rise the farthest over the author's proclamation that it is proven that TV violence affects our brains in ways that lead to violent behavior without even mentioning the word "censorship." A compact if sometimes oversimplified introduction to its subject, Restak's latest is best when it stays close to the data. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Chapter 1 Brain Plasticity: Your Brain Changes Every Dayp. 7
Chapter 2 Genius and Superior Performance: Are We All Capable?p. 14
Chapter 3 Attention Deficit: The Brain Syndrome of Our Erap. 38
Chapter 4 More Images Than Ever: Is It Destabilizing Our Brains?p. 63
Chapter 5 The Happy Brain: The Joy and Music in Youp. 90
Chapter 6 Modern Imaging Techniques: Windows on the Mindp. 104
Chapter 7 Cosmetic Psychopharmacologyp. 121
Chapter 8 Healing the Diseased Brain: New Attempts at Brain Repairp. 148
Chapter 9 The New Brainp. 188
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 217