9780393340624

The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393340624

  • ISBN10:

    0393340627

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1/17/2012
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

In this landmark work, V. S. Ramachandran investigates strange, unforgettable cases' ;from patients who believe they are dead to sufferers of phantom limb syndrome. With a storyteller'"s eye for compelling case studies and a researcher'"s flair for new approaches to age-old questions, Ramachandran tackles the most exciting and controversial topics in brain science, including language, creativity, and consciousness.

Author Biography

V. S. Ramachandran is the director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and a professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego. He lives in Del Mar, California.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Introduction No Mere Apep. 3
Phantom Limbs and Plastic Brainsp. 24
Seeing and Knowingp. 41
Loud Colors and Hot Babes: Synesthesiap. 75
The Neurons that Shaped Civilizationp. 117
Where is Steven? The Riddle of Autismp. 136
The Power of Babble: The Evolution of Languagep. 153
Beauty and the Brain: The Emergence of Aestheticsp. 192
The Artful Brain: Universal Lawsp. 218
An Ape With a Soul: How Introspection Evolvedp. 245
Epiloguep. 289
Glossaryp. 294
Notesp. 306
Bibliographyp. 327
Illustration Creditsp. 340
Indexp. 342
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