Welcome to Your Brain by Sam Wang

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The book could have benefited from a glossary of neurological terms and more illustrations of the brain's structure.
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Does drinking really kill brain cells? Does listening to Mozart make your baby smarter? For all the mileage we've gotten from our own brains, most of us have essentially no idea how they work. We're easily susceptible to myths (like the "fact" that we use only 10% of our brains) and misconceptions (like the ones perpetrated by most Hollywood movies), probably because we've never known where to turn for the truth.
But neurologists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang are glad to help. In this funny, accessible book, we get a guided tour of our own minds, what they're made of, how they work, and how they can go wrong. Along the way, we get a host of diagrams, quizzes, and "cocktail party tips" that shed light on the questions we nag each other about. (Can a head injury make you forget your own name? Are dolphins smarter than chimpanzees?)
Fun and surprisingly engrossing, Welcome to Your Brain shows you how your brain works, and how you can make it work better.

About Sam Wang

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Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., coauthored Welcome to Your Brain and Welcome to Your Child’s Brain. She was the editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, a leading scientific journal in the field of brain research. She received her undergraduate degree in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and her doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Rochester. Her science writing has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, El Mundo and the Times of London.

Author Residence: Winters, CA
Published June 25, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 256 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Peak Rank on Feb 12 2012
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on Dec 03 2008

The book could have benefited from a glossary of neurological terms and more illustrations of the brain's structure.

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