Neuronal Man: The Biology of Mind

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April 1997



Over the past thirty-five years, there has been an explosive increase in scientists' ability to explain the structure and functioning of the human brain. While psychology has advanced our understanding of human behavior, various other sciences, such as anatomy, physiology, and biology, have determined the critical importance of synapses and, through the use of advanced technology, made it possible actually to see brain cells at work within the skull's walls. Here Jean-Pierre Changeux elucidates our current knowledge of the human brain, taking an interdisciplinary approach and explaining in layman's terms the complex theories and scientific breakthroughs that have significantly improved our understanding in the twentieth century.


Preface to the Princeton Science Library Edition
1The "Organ of the Soul" - from Ancient Egypt to the Belle Epoque3
Man Thinks with His Brain3
Body and Soul7
The Neuron21
Electric Current and "Medicinal Substances"29
The "Good Sense" of History36
2The Component Parts of the Brain38
The Macroscopic View of the Brain39
The Expansion of the Neocortex43
Modules or Crystals58
From Mouse to Man65
3Animal Spirits67
Cerebral Electricity68
The Nerve Signal73
From One Neuron to Another83
The Keys to Molecule Locks90
"Psychic Atoms" Reexamined95
4Into Action97
To Sing and to Flee98
To Drink and to Suffer103
To Enjoy and to Be Angry107
To Reach Orgasm112
To Analyze115
To Speak and to Do120
From Stimulus to Response124
5Mental Objects126
The Materiality of Mental Images127
From Percept to Concept and Thought130
Toward a Biological Theory of Mental Objects134
Assembling the Neurons140
Problems of Consciousness145
The Calculation of Emotion158
Seeing Mental Objects161
The Substance of the Spirit168
6The Power of the Genes170
Anatomical Mutations171
Heredity and Behavior175
The Simplicity of the Genome and the Complexity of the Brain180
The Automaton Cell186
The Embryo System191
The Genesis of the Cortex195
The Predestination of the Brain202
Differences between Identical Twins206
The Behavior of the Growth Cone212
Regression and Redundancy216
The Dreams of the Embryo220
Building the Synapse223
The Theory of Epigenesis by Selective Stabilization of Synapses227
The Experimental Testing of Epigenesis229
Hemispheric Specialization - a Genetic or Epigenetic Process?235
The Cultural Imprint241
"To Learn Is to Eliminate"246
Monkey Chromosomes251
Fossil Puzzles255
The Winks of the Young Chimpanzee259
Genes for Communication and Selective Stabilization264
The Genetics of Australopithecus268
The "Phenomenon of Man" Reconsidered271
9The Brain - Representation of the World273


An outstanding attempt to convey to the general public an interdisciplinary understanding of the human nervous system.
EAN: 9780691026664
ISBN: 0691026661
Untertitel: 'Princeton Science Library (Pap'. With a New Pref. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 1997
Seitenanzahl: 368 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von Laurence Garey
Format: kartoniert
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