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A Million Things To Ask A Neuroscientist answers some of the most asked questions about the brain, making the science fun and accessible to everyone. Inside, you will journey through some of the most interesting and strange things that our brain does every single day.
Have you always wanted to know just what a memory actually is, or why we dream? What is our consciousness? Why do some people seem to ‘click’ with others? And can our brain really multi-task?
The clearest idea about why we dream is that the brain needs time to process the memories and emotions that we experienced during the day and convert them into long-term storage. This makes a lot more sense when we look at the brains of people who are sleeping and see that the hippocampus, the part for memories, and the anterior cingulate cortex, which is involved in assigning emotional context, are particularly active. In fact, on days where we have lots of new experiences, the brain can still be processing this information up to seven nights later. This also partly explains why stressful and emotional events in our lives can significantly affect the quality of our sleep.
One team of scientists demonstrated this by having people play video games for several hours before sleeping. Over 60% of people reported having dreams about the game, suggesting that our short-term memory is particularly active during our dreams.
Furthermore, the actual events of the dream are believed to be the combination of the short-term memories we recently experienced, and the long-term memories that our brain thinks are relevant and need to be connected with each other. This supports the view that sleeping and dreaming help to cement our memories from short-term storage in the hippocampus to long-term storage all over the brain. This process happens mostly in NREM sleep and the application of emotional context – how we feel about them, occurs in REM sleep, our deep sleep.
Would you like to read a book that answers great questions such as “Why is the brain in our head and not somewhere else?”, “Does learning extra languages impact other brain functions and memory?”, and “What is depression, and does it change the brain?” and other fascinating questions? A Million Things to Ask a Neuroscientist: the Brain Made Easy won’t let you down. Within its pages you will be entertained and informed.
To warm up, we learn the basics of brain matter and the jobs of the cells of the brain. Also provided is information about the organization of the brain that help us to picture the information. Diagrams simplify this for us non-scientists and are at times humorous. The glossary provided is useful, and the author, Mike Tranter, offers analogies in order to make the concepts clear.
We also get clarification on the authenticity of brain issues portrayed on television and the movies. How realistic is it that someone who received a head injury will forget who they are? There are some surprises here too.
Readers will learn other things as well, such as certain strengths or disabilities. Readers learn about the common and the uncommon in an approachable manner.
Tranter adds additional interest to this work by proposing what future advancements in the field could yield and mean for helping humanity. Intriguing ideas are presented here, the possibilities the future holds. Readers hear about scientific experiments, and some of them are disturbing.
After giving plenty of great bits of knowledge, Tranter makes suggestions for further study. So, if you want to learn if it’s possible to increase your IQ, how to effectively multi-task, what causes depression, or have other beguiling questions answered, give this book a look.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Dr Mike Tranter is from the North of England and studied how drugs work in our body, but it wasn't long before he found his true calling as a neuroscientist. After a PhD in neuroscience, he spent years in research labs all over the world, studying how the brain works. Although, it is his prominent rise as a science communicator, opening up the world of neuroscience to everybody, that he enjoys the most.
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