Great Myths of the Brain (Great Myths of Psychology)

Great Myths of the Brain (Great Myths of Psychology)

By: Christian Jarrett (author)Paperback

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Great Myths of the Brain introduces readers to the field of neuroscience by examining popular myths about the human brain. * Explores commonly-held myths of the brain through the lens of scientific research, backing up claims with studies and other evidence from the literature * Looks at enduring myths such as Do we only use 10% of our brain? , Pregnant women lose their mind , Right-brained people are more creative and many more. * Delves into myths relating to specific brain disorders, including epilepsy, autism, dementia, and others * Written engagingly and accessibly for students and lay readers alike, providing a unique introduction to the study of the brain * Teaches readers how to spot neuro hype and neuro-nonsense claims in the media

About Author

Christian Jarrett has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Manchester. He is editor of the British Psychological Society s Research Digest; author of the Brain Watch blog for WIRED; a blogger for Psychology Today; and columnist for 99U, the New York-based creativity think tank. Dr. Jarrett is also the author of The Rough Guide to Psychology (2011) and editor of 30 Second Psychology (Icon Books)


Acknowledgments xii Introduction 1 1 Defunct Myths 15 #1 Thought Resides in the Heart 15 #2 The Brain Pumps Animal Spirits Round the Body 18 #3 Brain Cells Join Together Forming a Huge Nerve Net 21 #4 Mental Function Resides in the Brain s Hollows 22 2 Myth-Based Brain Practices 25 #5 Drilling a Hole in the Skull Releases Evil Spirits 25 #6 Personality Can Be Read in the Bumps on the Skull 28 #7 Mental Illness Can Be Cured by Disconnecting the Frontal Lobes 30 3 Mythical Case Studies 37 #8 Brain Injury Turned Neuroscience s Most Famous Case into an Impulsive Brute 37 #9 The Faculty of Language Production Is Distributed Through the Brain 40 #10 Memory Is Distributed Throughout the Entire Cortex 45 4 The Immortal Myths 51 #11 We Only Use Ten Percent of Our Brains 51 #12 Right-Brained People Are More Creative 55 #13 The Female Brain Is More Balanced (and Other Gender-Based Brain Myths) 65 #14 Adults Can t Grow New Brain Cells 74 #15 There s a God Spot in the Brain (and Other Lesser-Spotted Myths) 80 #16 Pregnant Women Lose Their Minds 87 #17 We All Need Eight Hours of Continuous Sleep (and Other Dozy Sleep Myths) 92 #18 The Brain Is a Computer 101 #19 The Mind Can Exist Outside of the Brain 106 #20 Neuroscience Is Transforming Human Self-Understanding 115 5 Myths about the Physical Structure of the Brain 135 #21 The Brain Is Well Designed 135 #22 The Bigger the Brain, the Better 140 #23 You Have a Grandmother Cell 146 #24 Glial Cells Are Little More Than Brain Glue 149 #25 Mirror Neurons Make Us Human (and Broken Mirror Neurons Cause Autism) 154 #26 The Disembodied Brain 160 6 Technology and Food Myths 177 #27 Brain Scans Can Read Your Mind 177 #28 Neurofeedback Will Bring You Bliss and Enlightenment 192 #29 Brain Training Will Make You Smart 201 #30 Brain Food Will Make You Even Smarter 209 #31 Google Will Make You Stupid, Mad, or Both 217 7 Brain Myths Concerning Perception and Action 235 #32 The Brain Receives Information from Five Separate Senses 235 #33 The Brain Perceives the World As It Is 242 #34 The Brain s Representation of the Body Is Accurate and Stable 249 8 Myths about Brain Disorder and Illness 258 #35 Brain Injury and Concussion Myths 258 #36 Amnesia Myths 265 #37 Coma Myths 273 #38 Epilepsy Myths 280 #39 Autism Myths 286 #40 Dementia Myths 294 #41 The Chemical Imbalance Myth of Mental Illness 300 Afterword 316 Index 318

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  • ISBN13: 9781118312711
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9781118312711
  • weight: 474
  • ISBN10: 1118312716

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