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The Human Brain Book

The Human Brain Book

by Rita Carter, Martyn PageRita Carter
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Combining the latest findings from neuroscience with new brain imaging techniques, as well as developments on infant brains, telepathy, and brain modification, this new edition of DK's The Human Brain Book covers brain anatomy, function, and disorders in unprecedented detail.

With its unique 22-page atlas, illustrated with MRI scans, and an interactive DVD, The Human Brain Book is a perfect resource for families, students, or anyone interested in human biology, anatomy, and neuroscience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756654412
Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 08/31/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Rita Carter is a science and medical writer who contributes to many publications, including New Scientist and numerous newspapers. She has twice been awarded the Medical Journalists' Association prize for her outstanding contribution to medical journalism. She is the author of several books that have been published internationally, including Consciousness, Multiplicity: The New Science of Personality and Mapping the Mind, which was shortlisted for the Rhône-Poulenc Prize (now the Royal Society Prize for Science Books). Rita also lectures about the brain at seminars, conferences, and workshops around the world.

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The Human Brain Book 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was okay--at least someone gave it a try--but the photos/diagrams often seemed better than the text provided. To me, the book ranged between 2 stars and 5 stars depending on the areas. Some areas seemed biased according to what some researchers contributed, and not overall unbiased scholarly accuracy provided. Other areas read as though you could have received the same information 30 years ago--nothing new offered. Other areas were propaganda-like--to push some sort of viewpoint by one faction of researchers. Also, many areas read devoid of a lot of information. What was nice about this book, was that many areas were covered and the nice, large presentation of the material. I found the layout excellent.
waltzmn More than 1 year ago
It seems a safe bet that you will never see a Books on Tape version of this book. If you like illustrations, this book is for you. It's an extra-large (although not especially thick) volume, with every two-page spread devoted to big illustrations of some topic pertaining to brain function. The illustrations and photographs are all in full color and include elaborate graphics and explanatory text. The problem is, the result is almost neuroscience-as-a-comic-book. Every spread is devoted to a particular topic -- and once they get to the end of the two pages, that's all there is. The topic doesn't carry over to another page, and there is very little text. Take out the illustrations and what you would have a pamphlet, not a book. The format means that topics cannot be covered in detail; you can't fit an in-depth discussion into two pages! There isn't even a detailed map of the brain with discussion of which areas do what. In the end, I was very disappointed. This is unfair; the book is very good for what it claims to be. Used in conjunction with several other books, it might be very useful. But if you want one book that will teach you neuroscience or the biology of the brain -- this isn't it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rita Carter's book, The Human Brain, is an absolutely fantastic book. The many pictures contributes a great deal to the learning process. I do not work in the medical field so this book provides a tremendous amount of information for people like me. I have read this book all the way through and I have read quite a lot of the pages 2 or 3 times on this first read-through. This book is so well written. This book inspires me to pursue more information in this field.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
The Human Brain Book by Rita Carter does a magnificent job of explaining the intricacies surrounding that great big hunk of grey matter that sits in each of our heads. This coffee-table book gives an in-depth look at everything that a person could want to know about the mysterious mass that controls everything about him or her. The book itself is less of a “read through” book and more of a reference book that one could turn to if they were wondering about a certain facet of the brain; the helpful glossary and index make navigating this book quite easy, and finding what you want to learn about is a breeze. My favorite part about this book is that it categorizes the complexity of every item in the book by the size of the font that it is in: the larger the font, the more general and easily understood, and the smaller the font, the more technical and intricate the given information is. For instance, on the page for “The principles of memory,” the largest text explains memory in its most basic sense by stating the following: “Memory is a broad term used to refer to a number of different brain functions. The common feature of these functions is the re-creation of past experiences by the synchronous firing of neurons that were involved in the original experience.” The smallest text on the same page, this time in reference to cortical areas is the following: “Episodic memories activate the areas originally involved in the experience that is being recalled.” This is a great example of the difference in the technicality of a statement based upon its font size. I feel that this book is really meant for people that have at least finished the middle school and I would not recommend any younger than that, as some of the book gets quite confusing for someone who has no idea what they are looking for. The reference book style that The Human Brain Book is in makes it a wonderful source for anyone looking for answers to the questions that he or she has about the most important thing that each and everyone of us has: our brain. Overall I would rate this book a 4/5; I feel that it is quite an astounding book and it fulfills its promise of being “An illustrated guide to [the brain’s] structure, function, and disorders,” but at the same time, it is a bit overwhelming at points. Review by Young Mensan Adam W., age 16, Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa
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theBackground More than 1 year ago
Detailed history of brain neurology and it's examples - both positive and tragic. THE book on the human brain if you're interested in understanding the how and why we are who we are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing and I spent many hours of leisure time reading this for fun; I origionally bought the book in order to write a report. This book, along with some thought, has made me seriously consider working in the neuro field. Very easy to read, great pictures, very interesting, LOTS of information.
Rachel-EC More than 1 year ago
My son received this book for his birthday; he has a strong interest in science in general and has recently been researching the human brain. He requested this book for his birthday. This book has information, diagrams and pictures that are helpful and interesting. It presents the topic in a way that is easy enough to understand but does not talk down to him. It has help fuel his interest in learning more. His class (6th grade) is currently learning about human biology/anatomy. Last week he was even critiquing the textbook how the diagrams were not quite accurate.. based in part by what he has learned from this book.
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Marie_Cooney More than 1 year ago
This book is phenomenal. The color imaging, photos, and pictures help one understand the healthy and damaged brain. As someone who sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury, I find this book extremely helpful in understanding the changes between my preinjury and postinjury self. Much of what was explained to me, during my recovery period, is so much clearer with the aid of this book. I would recommend this book and DVD to professionals, friends and families, and people with Brain Injuries. Rita Carter and all those who made this book possible should be commended for their outstanding accomplishments and service to humanity.
ChapmanChica More than 1 year ago
I am a student and I am currently studying neuropsychology and biopsychology. This book is excellent for student studies. Every area of the brain is dissected and clearly marked with great information. I have never seen so much work put into one book! The pictures are the main reason that I purchased this book. It is a lot pricier than other books, but it is well worth what you pay! This book is great for beginner students (I highly recommend for undergraduate students) and not just for any general reader. This book would be helpful to aid in education (for teachers), but not advanced enough for Scholars.
SoMuchToLearn More than 1 year ago
I have wondered all my life why people believe and behave differently and why they view or perceive things differently. The brain is at the center of all of that and is so complex. Medicine is still finding new aspects of it and will probably never solve the riddles completely. But this book at least takes an excellent stab at detailing how senses and emotions are processed in different sections of the brain by offtering the most superb collection of 3D renderings I have ever seen. It fits my curiosity perfectly. One reviewer challenged a bit the topic of whether the research was completely accurate, or complete or without bias. Those arguments may go on forever, but for me that doesn't diminish the stunning value of this book. I was a meteorologist before retiring, and I can say that books on weather would lead some weather professionals to pose the same arguments about the accuracy and completeness of weather research topics in such a book. However, for the person who has long wondered how basic weather works, such a book with 3D illustrations for the invisible weather processes would be a major break through. That's how I value this book. Simply put, it is the best I have seen on the human brain having searched libraries and bookstores for a book of this type for quite some time.
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