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The Resource Mind wide open : your brain and the neuroscience of everyday life, Steven Johnson

Mind wide open : your brain and the neuroscience of everyday life, Steven Johnson

Label
Mind wide open : your brain and the neuroscience of everyday life
Title
Mind wide open
Title remainder
your brain and the neuroscience of everyday life
Statement of responsibility
Steven Johnson
Title variation
Your brain and the neuroscience of everyday life
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Using a mix of experiential reportage, personal storytelling, and fresh scientific discovery, Steven Johnson describes how the brain works-its chemicals, structures, and subroutines-and how these systems connect to the day-to-day realities of individual lives. For a hundred years, he says, many of us have assumed that the most powerful route to self-knowledge took the form of lying on a couch, talking about our childhoods. The possibility entertained in this book is that you can follow another path, in which learning about the brain's mechanics can widen one's self-awareness as powerfully as any therapy or meditation or drug. In Mind Wide Open, Johnson embarks on this path as his own test subject, participating in a battery of attention tests, learning to control video games by altering his brain waves, scanning his own brain with a $2 million fMRI machine, all in search of a modern answer to the oldest of questions: who am I? Along the way, Johnson explores how we "read" other people, how the brain processes frightening events (and how we might rid ourselves of the scars those memories leave), what the neurochemistry is behind love and sex, what it means that our brains are teeming with powerful chemicals closely related to recreational drugs, why music moves us to tears, and where our breakthrough ideas come from. Johnson's clear, engaging explanation of the physical functions of the brain reveals not only the broad strokes of our aptitudes and fears, our skills and weaknesses and desires, but also the momentary brain phenomena that a whole human life comprises. Why, when hearing a tale of woe, do we sometimes smile inappropriately, even if we don't want to? Why are some of us so bad at remembering phone numbers but brilliant at recognizing faces? Why does depression make us feel stupid? To read Mind Wide Open is to rethink family histories, individual fates, and the very nature of the self, and to see that brain science is now personally transformative-a valuable tool for better relationships and better living
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RC341
LC item number
.J648 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Mind wide open : your brain and the neuroscience of everyday life, Steven Johnson
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-262) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Kafka's room -- Mind sight -- The sum of my fears -- Your attention, please -- Survival of the ticklish -- The hormones talking -- Scan thyself
Control code
53289868
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 274 pages
Isbn
9780743241656
Lccn
2003063308
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)53289868
Label
Mind wide open : your brain and the neuroscience of everyday life, Steven Johnson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-262) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Kafka's room -- Mind sight -- The sum of my fears -- Your attention, please -- Survival of the ticklish -- The hormones talking -- Scan thyself
Control code
53289868
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 274 pages
Isbn
9780743241656
Lccn
2003063308
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)53289868

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