Neurophysiology
The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
The Mind and the Brain
Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
Paperback      ISBN: 0060988479

A groundbreaking work of science that confirms, for the first time, the independent existence of the mind-and demonstrates the possibilities for human control over the workings of the brain.

Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own.Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain. Their work has its basis in our emerging understanding of adult neuroplasticity-the brain's ability to be rewired not just in childhood, but throughout life, a trait only recently established by neuroscientists.

Through decades of work treating patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Schwartz made an extraordinary finding: while following the therapy he developed, his patients were effecting significant and lasting changes in their own neural pathways. It was a scientific first: by actively focusing their attention away from negative behaviors and toward more positive ones, Schwartz's patients were using their minds to reshape their brains-and discovering a thrilling new dimension to the concept of neuroplasticity.

The Mind and the Brain follows Schwartz as he investigates this newly discovered power, which he calls self-directed neuroplasticity or, more simply, mental force. It describes his work with noted physicist Henry Stapp and connects the concept of 'mental force' with the ancient practice of mindfulness in Buddhist tradition. And it points to potential new applications that could transform the treatment of almost every variety of neurological dysfunction, from dyslexia to stroke-and could lead to new strategies to help us harness our mental powers. Yet as wondrous as these implications are, perhaps even more important is the philosophical dimension of Schwartz's work. For the existence of mental force offers convincing scientific evidence of human free will, and thus of man's inherent capacity for moral choice.

Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
Mind Wide Open
Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0743241665

In this nationally bestselling, compulsively readable account of what makes brain science a vital component of people's quest to know themselves, acclaimed science writer Steven Johnson subjects his own brain to a battery of tests to find out what's really going on inside. He asks:

  • How do we read other people?

  • What is the neurochemistry behind love and sex?

  • What does it mean that the brain is teeming with powerful chemicals closely related to recreational drugs?

  • Why does music move us to tears?

  • Where do breakthrough ideas come from?

Johnson answers these and many more questions arising from the events of our everyday lives. You do not have to be a neuroscientist to wonder, for example, why do you smile? And why do you sometimes smile inappropriately, even if you don't want to? How do others read your inappropriate smile? How does such interplay occur neurochemically, and what, if anything, can you do about it?
Fascinating and rewarding, Mind Wide Open speaks to brain buffs, self-obsessed neurotics, barstool psychologists, mystified parents, grumpy spouses, exasperated managers, and anyone who enjoys speculating and gossiping about the motivations and behaviors of other human beings. Steven Johnson shows us the transformative power of understanding brain science and offers new modes of introspection and tools for better parenting, better relationships, and better living.
Welcome to Your Brain: Why You lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everday Life
Welcome to Your Brain
Why You lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everday Life
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1596912839

"You: The Owner's Manual "for the brain: an expert, comprehensive, and lively guide that makes sense of all the latest scientific findings about how your brain really works.
We are using our brains at practically every moment of our lives, and yet few of us have the first idea how they work. Much of what we think we know comes from folklore: that we only use 10 percent of our brain, or that drinking kills brain cells. These and other brain myths are wrong, as demonstrated by the work of neuroscientists who have spent decades studying this complex organ. However, most of what scientists have learned is not known to the world outside their laboratories.

In this readable, lively book, Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang dispel common myths about the brain and provide a comprehensive, useful overview of how it really works. In its pages, you'll discover how to cope with jet lag, how your brain affects your religion, and how men's and women's brains differ. With witty, accessible prose decorated by charts, trivia, quizzes, and illustrations, this book is great for quick reference or extended reading.

Both practical and fun, "Welcome to Your Brain "is perfect whether you want to impress your friends or simply use your brain better.

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism
Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve
Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism
Paperback      ISBN: 1623170249
The best-selling book on the topic--now in 13 languages.

This practical guide to understanding the cranial nerves as the key to our psychological and physical well-being builds on Stephen Porges's Polyvagal Theory--one of the most important recent developments in human neurobiology. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience as a craniosacral therapist and Rolfer, Stanley Rosenberg explores the crucial role that the vagus nerve plays in determining our psychological and emotional states and explains that a myriad of common psychological and physical symptoms--from anxiety and depression to migraines and back pain--indicates a lack of proper functioning in the vagus nerve.

Through a series of easy self-help exercises, the book illustrates the simple ways we can regulate the vagus nerve in order to initiate deep relaxation, improve sleep, and recover from injury and trauma. Additionally, by exploring the link between a well-regulated vagus nerve and social functioning, Rosenberg's findings and methods offer new hope that by improving social behavior it is possible to alleviate some of the symptoms at the core of many cases of autism spectrum disorders. Useful for psychotherapists, doctors, bodyworkers, and caregivers, as well as anyone who experiences the symptoms of chronic stress and depression, this book shows how we can optimize autonomic functioning in ourselves and others, and bring the body into the state of safety that activates its innate capacity to heal.
Basic Concepts in Neuroscience: A Studentis Survival Guide
Basic Concepts in Neuroscience
A Studentis Survival Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 0071360468

* A new book in the Basic Concepts series
* Explains the fundamental principles of neuroscience and helps students organize and condense the material they need to study
* Level of the material progressively builds from simple to complex, enabling mastery of concepts
* Content is presented in simple, jargon-free language
* Critical need-to-know information is highlights in boxes
* Numerous tables and charts help compare and contrast key information

The Beta-Adrenergic Receptors
The Beta-Adrenergic Receptors
Hardcover      ISBN: 089603173x

Prior to 1974, the adrenergic receptors were known only in- directly as entities that responded to drugs in a selective manner to mediate a variety of physiologically important responses. During the intervening years, our view of adrenergic receptors has changed dramatically. The availability of high affinity 125I-labeled radioligands selective for these receptors presaged an explosion of experimenta- tion utilizing direct binding assays to establish the biochemical properties of the receptor protein. In the opening chapter, Stadel and Lefkowitz describe this development and its impact on our under- standing of the molecular basis of adrenergic receptor function. The availability of well-characterized receptor ligands, coupled with the development of efficient methods for detergent solubilization, formed the basis of receptor purification using affinity chromatography. The related technique of photoaffinity labeling provided a means to estimate the molecular mass of these receptors. The availability of substantial amounts of purified 2-adrenergic receptor allowed determination of segments of its amino acid se- quence. This information led to the production of polynucleotide probes and eventually to cloning of the receptor gene and determi- nation of the complete primary sequence of the receptor protein. Caron and Lefkowitz review the investigations leading to this major development and discuss the methods involved. They analyze our current perception of the relation of receptor function to its structure and discuss the general features of the G protein-interacting receptor family, of which the -adrenergic receptors are prototypes.

Beyond the Synapse: Cell-Cell Signaling in Synaptic Plasticity
Beyond the Synapse
Cell-Cell Signaling in Synaptic Plasticity
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0521869145

Formation of synapses and the changes in their connections during life are the basis for learning and memory and recovery from brain disease or injury. Much interest has been focused on how synapses function at the molecular level, while the cell-cell interactions controlling the formation receive far less attention. This book expands the scope of inquiry beyond the synaptic cleft to provide a comprehensive insight into how intercellular signalling enables neurons to communicate beyond the synapse, and to interact with other cells in the brain to alter synaptic connections appropriately. There are chapters devoted to consideration of glia, brain cells which have thus far been ignored in the majority of studies of learning and memory. Writing for academic researchers and professionals, contributors to this book reveal that there is much to learning and memory that lies beyond the synapse.

Beyond the Synapse
Beyond the Synapse
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1107411564

Formation of synapses and the changes in their connections during life are the basis for learning and memory and recovery from brain disease or injury. Much interest has been focused on how synapses function at the molecular level, while the cell-cell interactions controlling the formation receive far less attention. This book expands the scope of inquiry beyond the synaptic cleft to provide a comprehensive insight into how intercellular signalling enables neurons to communicate beyond the synapse, and to interact with other cells in the brain to alter synaptic connections appropriately. There are chapters devoted to consideration of glia, brain cells which have thus far been ignored in the majority of studies of learning and memory. Writing for academic researchers and professionals, contributors to this book reveal that there is much to learning and memory that lies beyond the synapse.

Bio-Inspired Applications of Connectionism: 6th International Work-Conference on Artificial and Natural Neural Networks, Iwann 2001 Granada, Spain, Ju
Bio-Inspired Applications of Connectionism
6th International Work-Conference on Artificial and Natural Neural Networks, Iwann 2001 Granada, Spain, Ju
Paperback      ISBN: 3540422374

Underlying most of the IWANN calls for papers is the aim to reassume some of the motivations of the groundwork stages of biocybernetics and the later bionics formulations and to try to reconsider the present value of two basic questions. The?rstoneis: "Whatdoesneurosciencebringintocomputation(thenew bionics)?" That is to say, how can we seek inspiration in biology? Titles such as "computational intelligence", "arti?cial neural nets", "genetic algorithms", "evolutionary hardware", "evolutive architectures", "embryonics", "sensory n- romorphic systems", and "emotional robotics" are representatives of the present interest in "biological electronics" (bionics). Thesecondquestionis: "Whatcanreturncomputationtoneuroscience(the new neurocybernetics)?" That is to say, how can mathematics, electronics, c- puter science, and arti?cial intelligence help the neurobiologists to improve their experimental data modeling and to move a step forward towards the understa- ing of the nervous system? Relevant here are the general philosophy of the IWANN conferences, the sustained interdisciplinary approach, and the global strategy, again and again to bring together physiologists and computer experts to consider the common and pertinent questions and the shared methods to answer these questions.

The Biological Foundations of Gesture: Motor and Semiotic Aspects
The Biological Foundations of Gesture
Motor and Semiotic Aspects
Hardcover      ISBN: 0898596459

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