By Anil Seth (ed.)
Are all of us on the mercy of our mind chemistry? Do you think the amygdala and the hippocampus are fantastical sea monsters? What can an MRI test let us know? may you clarify to dinner-party visitors why we do not snigger once we tickle ourselves? 30-Second mind is the following to fill your brain with the technology of precisely what is taking place inside of your head. utilizing not more that pages, three hundred phrases, and a unmarried photo, this is often the fastest solution to comprehend the wiring and serve as of the main complicated and complicated mechanism within the human physique. become aware of how the networks of ninety billion nerve cells interact to supply notion, motion, cognition, and emotion. discover how your mind defines your character, and what it will get as much as when you are asleep. Illustrated with mind-bending snap shots and supported by means of biographies of pioneers within the box of neuroscience, it is the booklet to get your grey topic puzzling over your grey matter.
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Extra resources for 30-Second Brain: The 50 most mind-blowing ideas in neuroscience, each explained in half a minute
RELATED BRAINPOWER BRAIN IMAGING SLEEP & DREAMING 3-SECOND BIOGRAPHIES HANS BERGER 1873–1941 Neurophysiologist who was the first to record EEG signals; alpha waves were originally called ‘Berger waves’ WILLIAM GREY WALTER 1910–77 Neurologist and cybernetician who was the first to measure delta waves during sleep WOLF SINGER 1943– Pioneered the idea that gamma oscillations may play key roles in perception 30-SECOND TEXT Anil Seth Hans Berger surfs his own brainwaves. He can assure you that it is a lot more invigorating than it may look.
RELATED BRAINPOWER THE LOCALIZATION OF FUNCTION HEBBIAN LEARNING THE BAYESIAN BRAIN 3-SECOND BIOGRAPHIES WARREN STURGIS MCCULLOCH & WALTER PITTS 1898–1969 & 1923–69 Showed mathematically that artificial neural networks can implement logical, arithmetic and symbolic functions DAVID RUMELHART & JAMES MCLELLAND 1942–2011 & 1948– Created the first model with formal rules that became the basic framework for most connectionism models 30-SECOND TEXT Tristan Bekinschtein On the left, a neat network of artificial neurons; on the right, a wrinkled sponge full of water, sugar and fat.
3-MINUTE BRAINSTORM Neural Darwinism draws a key distinction between ‘instruction’ and ‘selection’. Instructionist systems, like standard computers, rely on programs and algorithms, and they suppress variability and noise. Selectionist systems depend on large amounts of variation and involve the selection of specific states from very large repertoires. So the theory provides a sharp contrast to computer models of brain and mind, highlighting – as Darwin had beforehand – that variation is essential to biological function.
30-Second Brain: The 50 most mind-blowing ideas in neuroscience, each explained in half a minute by Anil Seth (ed.)