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PART 1 - YOUR BRAIN AND THE WORLD
CHAPTER 1 Can You Trust Your Brain?.......... ................      ......2
Looking at a photograph is harder than playing chess
Are we in our right minds?
Myth: We use only 10 percent of our brains
CHAPTER 2 Gray Matter and the Silver Screen: Popular Metaphors of
How the Brain Works .........  .............................. ........     9
Depictions of brain disorders in the movies
Head injury and personality
Can memories be erased?
Schizophrenia in the movies-A Beautiful Mind
CHAPTER 3 Thinking Meat: Neurons and Synapses ... ....     .....  ..    ... 17
Your brain uses less power than your refrigerator light
Loewi's dream of the neurotransmitter
Is your brain like a computer?
CHAPTER 4 Fascinating Rhythms: Biological Clocks and Jet Lag .....     .. 25
Practical tip: Overcoming jet lag
Practical tip: Frequent jet lag and brain damage
Speculation: Morning people and night people
CHAPTER 5 Bring Your Swimsuit: Weight Regulation .                         32
Calorie restriction and life extension
Practical tip: Tricking your brain into helping you lose weight
PART 2 - COMING TO YOUR SENSES
CHAPTER 6 Looking Out for Yourself: Vision . ...........40
Animal research and "lazy eye"
The neuron that loved Michael Jordan
Myth: Blind people have better hearing
CHAPTER 7 How to Survive a Cocktail Party: Hearing          ..             48
Practical tip: How to prevent hearing loss
Practical tip: Improving hearing with artificial ears
Practical tip: How to hear better on your cell phone in a loud room
CHAPTER 8 Accounting for Taste (and Smell)     ..                .         55
A seizure of the nose, or sneezing at the sun
Why mice don't like Diet Coke
CHAPTER 9 Touching All the Bases: Your Skin's Senses ........              59
Why can't you tickle yourself?
Practical tip: Does acupuncture work?
Practical tip: Referred pain
PART 3 - HOW YOUR BRAIN CHANGES
THROUGHOUT LIFE
CHAPTER 10 Growing Great Brains: Early Childhood .                         66
Myth: Listening to Mozart makes babies smarter
Early life stress and adult vulnerability
CHAPTER 11 Growing Up: Sensitive Periods and Language    .       ....    71
Is language innate?
Is music like a language?
CHAPTER 12 Rebels and Their Causes: Childhood and Adolescence            76
Practical tip: Improving your brain with video games
Brain growth and intelligence
CHAPTER 13 An Educational Tour: Learning    . ............. 81
Practical tip: Should you cram for an exam?
Why are some things easier to learn than others?
Practical tip: Put it out of your mind
CHAPTER 14 Reaching the Top of the Mountain: Aging ....... 88
Practical tip: How can you protect your brain as you get older?
I'm losing my memory. Do I have Alzheimer's disease?
Are you born with all the neurons you'll ever have?
CHAPTER 15 Is the Brain Still Evolving? . .... .    ........... .....  .... 93
Understanding nature versus nurture
Machiavellian intelligence-a brain arms race?
PART 4 - YOUR EMOTIONAL BRAIN
CHAPTER 16 The Weather in Your Brain: Emotions ..........       ..    ... 100
Emotions and memory
How does your brain know a joke is funny?
CHAPTER    17  Did I Pack Everything? Anxiety  ....................... .  107
Myth: The car-crash effect
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Practical tip: How to treat a phobia
CHAPTER 18 Happiness and How We Find It                                  114
Happiness around the world
How scientists measure happiness
Practical tip: How to increase your happiness
CHAPTER 19 What's It Like in There? Personality                          121
Domesticating the brain
CHAPTER 20 Sex, Love, and Pair-Bonding                                   126
Studying flirtation
Imaging orgasm
Myth: Men learn to be gay
PART 5 - YOUR RATIONAL BRAIN
CHAPTER 21 One Lump or Two: How You Make Decisions                       134
Practical tip: Maximizers and satisficers
Practical tip: Can willpower be trained?
CHAPTER 22 Intelligence (and the Lack of It)                   ..        140
Practical tip: How expectations influence test performance
Great brains in small packages
Myth: Brain folding is a sign of intelligence
CHAPTER 23 Vacation Snapshots: Memory                                    147
Forgetting your keys but remembering how to drive
Myth: Recovered memory
Practical tip: Can't get it out of my head
CHAPTER 24 Rationality Without Reason: Autism. .........                 154
Monkey see, monkey do: Mirror neurons
Myth: Vaccines cause autism
CH APTE R 25 A Brief Detour to Mars and Venus: Cognitive Gender Differences 162
Myth: Women are moodier than men
Males are more variable than females
Quiz: How to think like a man
PART 6 - YOUR BRAIN IN ALTERED STATES
CHAPTER 26 Do You Mind? Studying Consciousness ....... .............    170
The Dalai Lama, enlightenment, and brain surgery
Can brain scanners read your mind?
My brain made me do it: Neuroscience and the law
CHAPTER 27 In Your Dreams: The Neuroscience of Sleep    . .    .......  177
Wake up, little Susie: Narcolepsy and modafinil
Why are yawns contagious?
CHAPTER    28  A  Pilgrimage: Spirituality ..  .. ....................  ... ..   183
Meditation and the brain
The neuroscience of visions
CHAPTER 29 Forgetting Birthdays: Stroke ............ ....... 191
Practical tip: Warning signs of stroke-and what to do
CHAPTER 30 A Long, Strange Trip: Drugs and Alcohol ....................  197
Ecstasy and Prozac
Does marijuana cause lung cancer?
Hit me again: Addiction and the brain
Practical tip: Drinking and pregnancy
CHAPTER 31 How Deep Is Your Brain? Therapies that Stimulate the
Brain's  Core  ......      ........................                     206
Interfaces between brains and machines



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Brain Popular works, Neurophysiology Popular works