This revised, updated edition of a remarkable, highly praised book takes an in-depth look at the latest scientific findings about this most fascinating human organ. Pulitzer Prize winning author Ronald Kotulak reveals new understandings about how nature builds the brain then develops it during early life. In easy-to-understand text he explains how scientists have changed their once-held belief that brains learn from a preset, unchangeable set of rules.
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The brain and how it works has long been one of life's more intriguing mysteries. Ronald Kotulak, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, explores some of the secrets of the human brain by marshaling the work of the leading researchers in the field. This book, the culmination of Kotulak's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, offers theories on how environment, diet, and a host of other factors affect neurological development. Among other things, the book offers groundbreaking evidence on how unhealthy surroundings foster serious imbalances in neurological chemicals and, in turn, unhealthy or violent behavior. Inside the Brain is essential reading for parents, those concerned with sociological factors on development, or anyone curious about the workings of the mind.From Publishers Weekly:
Kotulak, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer, interviewed approximately 300 researchers around the world to write this nontechnical report on the latest findings about the brain. The text is divided into three parts: how the brain gets built; how the brain gets damaged; how the brain fixes itself. Kotulak presents many startling findings, the most important of which, for him, is that "the brain gets better and better through exercise but 'rusts' with disuse. It is the ultimate use-it-or-lose-it machine." One implication of this finding is that people who actively use their brains throughout life have greatly reduced chances of getting Alzheimer's disease. The author devotes considerable attention to the effects of alcohol?positive and negative?on the brain and elucidates why alcohol and other recreational drugs ingested by the mother are horrendous for the developing fetus. The book is laced with prescriptions for social policy based on the latest scientific findings of brain research?for example, that society would do better to treat the violent as diseased rather than imprison them. This book will be of most interest to inquiring lay readers. Illustrations.
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