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The Brain: A Very Short Introduction by Michael O'Shea

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction by Michael O'Shea

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

Michael O'Shea

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Language:                      English

ISBN 10:                       0192853929

            ISBN 13:                     978-0192853929

Author:              Michael O'Shea

Publisher:                      Oxford University Press

Subject:                         Brain

Place of publication:     USA

Year Published:             2006

Edition               1st edition

Binding:                         Trade Paperback

Pages:                144

Dimensions:      17.2 x 11 x 1 cm / 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches

Shipping Weight:           120 gr / 4.2 ounces

Price:                 10 USD / 7 EUR / 75 SEK



The Brain: A Very Short Introduction provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research, and gives a sense of how neuroscience addresses questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind. It includes chapters on brain processes, perception, memory, motor control and the causes of "altered mental states." A final chapter discusses possible future developments in neuroscience, touching on artificial intelligence, gene therapy, the importance of the Human Genome Project, drugs by design, and transplants.

  • Short, clear discussion on the mechanical workings of the brain
  • Covers the details of brain science in an accessible way
  • Up to date coverage of developments of brain research
  • Suggests directions future research might take
  • Discusses many of the brain's actions that people wonder about, such as memories, perceptions, and motor control

How does the brain work? How different is a human brain from other creatures' brains? Is the human brain still evolving?


Students of neuroscience and neurophysiology. General readers curious about the new developments in neuro-technology, and brain research; anyone interested in how the brain works, and wishing to know more about the relationships between the brain and thoughts, motor skills, memories, and perceptions.


1. Mind and brain: what's the problem?

2. Let's get physical

3. Sight, sound, and imagination

4. "Last week's potatoes!"

5. Perception to action

6. Altered states of mind

7. Where do we go from here?

About the Author:

Michael O'Shea is Director of the Sussex Centre for Neuroscience.

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