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The new brain : how the modern age is rewiring your mind /
Richard Restak.
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Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, c2003.
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xii, 228 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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1579545017 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, c2003.
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1579545017 (hbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Brain plasticity: your brain changes every day -- Genius and superior performance: Are we all capable? -- Attention deficit: the brain syndrome of our era -- More images than ever: Is it destabilizing our brains? -- The happy brain: the joy and music in you -- Modern imaging techniques: windows on the brain -- Cosmetic psychopharmacology -- Healing the diseased brain: new attempts at brain repair -- The new brain.
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5071580
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-215) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Richard Restak is clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
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the new brain How the Modern Age is Rewiring Your Mind The era of the New Brain is upon us. Once a mysterious, hidden organ locked within our skulls, modern brain science now provides us with insights about the brain that only a few decades ago would have been considered the stuff of science fiction. We can now study the brain in "real time," witnessing how it functions while taking a test, practicing a craft, experiencing an emotion, or making a decision. Brain tests can even indicate when we're telling the truth or when we're lying. Dr. Richard Restak reports from the frontiers of modern brain science and asks the relevant questions such as, is Attention Deficit Disorder the brain syndrome of the future? Is it a "normal" response to the modern world's demand to attend to several things at once? What happens in our brains when the image replaces language as the primary means of communication? How does exposure to violent imagery affect our brains? Are we capable of "genius" and training our brains to perform at a superior level? The New Brain is the story of technology and biology converging to influence the evolution of the human brain. Dramatic advances are now possible, as well as the potential for misuse and abuse. Dr. Restak, author of more than 15 books on the brain, leads you through the latest research and the expanding field of cognitive science, explains its implications, and even offers practical advice such as how to: * Understand and mitigate the affects of media images and technology on our thoughts and emotions * Estimate the effects of stress on our brain function and how to predict who is at greatest risk for harm * Develop the habits that result in peak brain performance No longer science fiction or fantasy, The New Brain recounts what our brains are capable of-- today. DR. RICHARD RESTAK, a neurologist and neuropsychiatrist, is clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He has written the companion books to several PBS specials on brain function, including The Secret Life of the Brain. His last book, Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot: Unleashing Your Brain's Potential, was a bestseller. An engaging science commentator, Restak has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Discovery Channel. He lives and practices in Washington, D.C. Jacket design by Christopher Rhoads
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-06-30:
Restak (Mozart's Brain), a neurosurgeon and popular science writer on the brain, focuses on new technology for examining the physiology of the brain (such as MRI) and how it allows us to monitor and control a far wider range of activities than was formerly possible. Recent work holds the potential for, among other things, reducing the use of psychopharmacological drugs that have unpredictable side effects; substituting one sense (touch) for another (sight); and direct repair of brain and other neurological damage. Restak also demonstrates how the brain is modified the old-fashioned way, such as by practicing a skill. The negative aspects of recent work are invoked in more polemical than scientific prose, such as the specter of social control through "medicalization" of everything, and how the overstimulation of our brains by modern society is giving us all ADD. Hackles will rise the farthest over the author's proclamation that it is proven that TV violence affects our brains in ways that lead to violent behavior without even mentioning the word "censorship." A compact if sometimes oversimplified introduction to its subject, Restak's latest is best when it stays close to the data. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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"The wise, witty, and ethical Dr. Restak has given us ... a book vital to understanding our own role in influencing our ongoing evolution as a species. He guides us gently and humbly through synaptic connections we did not know we had, thus igniting us to insatiable curiosity about our potentials."--Wilton S. Dillon, Ph.D., Senior Scholar Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution
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HOW THE MODERN AGE IS REWIRING YOUR MIND "The wise, witty, and ethical Dr. Restak has given us ... a book vital to understanding our own role in influencing our ongoing evolution as a species. He guides us gently and humbly through synaptic connections we did not know we had, thus igniting us to insatiable curiosity about our potentials." --Wilton S. Dillon, Ph.D., Senior Scholar Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution The Era of the New Brain ... ... IS HERE Genetic mapping, imaging technology, and psychopharmacology have converged to give us an unprecedented understanding of how the brain works and how we can affect its operation. But what does this mean? Already our brains are working differently than they did just one hundred years ago, as we respond to the barrage of media images, violent and provocative, and attend to the demands of the modern world. "Cosmetic" drugs that work in the brain to prevent us from feeling drowsy, depressed, anxious, or fearful, or that enhance concentration and memory are already available. Dramatic treatments to repair damage in the brain are becoming common. In The New Brain, Dr. Richard Restak guides you through the frontiers of modern brain science and offers cautionary but also optimistic thoughts on the direction of this work. He says that in the era of the New Brain it will be necessary to tread carefully, lest we imprison ourselves in concepts that diminish, rather than enhance, our freedom.
Back Cover Copy
HOW THE MODERN AGE IS REWIRING YOUR MIND "The wise, witty, and ethical Dr. Restak has given us ... a book vital to understanding our own role in influencing our ongoing evolution as a species. He guides us gently and humbly through synaptic connections we did not know we had, thus igniting us to insatiable curiosity about our potentials." --Wilton S. Dillon, Ph.D., Senior Scholar Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution The Era of the New Brain ... ... IS HERE Genetic mapping, imaging technology, and psychopharmacology have converged to give us an unprecedented understanding of how the brain works and how we can affect its operation. But what does this mean? Already our brains are working differently than they did just one hundred years ago, as we respond to the barrage of media images, violent and provocative, and attend to the demands of the modern world. "Cosmetic" drugs that work in the brain to prevent us from feeling drowsy, depressed, anxious, or fearful, or that enhance concentration and memory are already available. Dramatic treatments to repair damage in the brain are becoming common. In The New Brain , Dr. Richard Restak guides you through the frontiers of modern brain science and offers cautionary but also optimistic thoughts on the direction of this work. He says that in the era of the New Brain it will be necessary to tread carefully, lest we imprison ourselves in concepts that diminish, rather than enhance, our freedom.
Main Description
A top expert on brain function explains, in layman's terms, how our brains are struggling to keep up with the world we've created The human brain is undergoing a major evolutionary transformation. Preeminent brain expert and bestselling author Richard Restak, M.D., takes us into the fascinating world of the brain and shows us how cell phones, laptops, violence on TV, MTV, and the Internet have actually sped up an evolution of the human brain that indeed may be irrevocable. Offering scientific proof drawn from the most recent findings, he shows how the world we live in today has affected our ability to focus, concentrate, inhibit impulsive actions, and take 'longer views' of the future. Dr. Restak suggests that the current epidemic of attention deficit disorder in children and adults is, in fact, our brain's response as it changes the way it functions and organizes information. He posits that while some changes may suggest a temporary condition in response to the multitasking demands of daily life, those aspects we now label as dysfunctional (short attention spans, personality fragmentation, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness) may become the norm.
Main Description
The era of the New Brain is upon us. Once a mysterious, hidden organ locked within our skulls, modern brain science now provides us with insights about the brain that only a few decades ago would have been considered the stuff of science fiction. We can now study the brain in "real time," witnessing how it functions while taking a test, practicing a craft, experiencing an emotion, or making a decision. Brain tests can even indicate when we're telling the truth or when we're lying. Dr. Richard Restak reports from the frontiers of modern brain science and asks the relevant questions such as, is Attention Deficit Disorder the brain syndrome of the future? Is it a "normal" response to the modern world's demand to attend to several things at once? What happens in our brains when the image replaces language as the primary means of communication? How does exposure to violent imagery affect our brains? Are we capable of "genius" and training our brains to perform at a superior level? The New Brain is the story of technology and biology converging to influence the evolution of the human brain. Dramatic advances are now possible, as well as the potential for misuse and abuse. Dr. Restak, author of more than 15 books on the brain, leads you through the latest research and the expanding field of cognitive science, explains its implications, and even offers practical advice such as how to: * Understand and mitigate the affects of media images and technology on our thoughts and emotions * Estimate the effects of stress on our brain function and how to predict who is at greatest risk for harm * Develop the habits that result in peak brain performance No longer science fiction or fantasy, The New Brain recounts what our brains are capable of-- today.
Main Description
The era of the New Brain is upon us. Once a mysterious, hidden organ locked within our skulls, modern brain science now provides us with insights about the brain that only a few decades ago would have been considered the stuff of science fiction. We can now study the brain in "real time," witnessing how it functions while taking a test, practicing a craft, experiencing an emotion, or making a decision. Brain tests can even indicate when we're telling the truth or when we're lying. Dr. Richard Restak reports from the frontiers of modern brain science and asks the relevant questions such as, is Attention Deficit Disorder the brain syndrome of the future? Is it a "normal" response to the modern world's demand to attend to several things at once? What happens in our brains when the image replaces language as the primary means of communication? How does exposure to violent imagery affect our brains? Are we capable of "genius" and training our brains to perform at a superior level? The New Brainis the story of technology and biology converging to influence the evolution of the human brain. Dramatic advances are now possible, as well as the potential for misuse and abuse. Dr. Restak, author of more than 15 books on the brain, leads you through the latest research and the expanding field of cognitive science, explains its implications, and even offers practical advice such as how to: * Understand and mitigate the affects of media images and technology on our thoughts and emotions * Estimate the effects of stress on our brain function and how to predict who is at greatest risk for harm * Develop the habits that result in peak brain performance No longer science fiction or fantasy,The New Brainrecounts what our brains are capable of-- today.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
Brain Plasticity: Your Brain Changes Every Dayp. 7
Genius and Superior Performance: Are We All Capable?p. 14
Attention Deficit: The Brain Syndrome of Our Erap. 38
More Images Than Ever: Is It Destabilizing Our Brains?p. 63
The Happy Brain: The Joy and Music in Youp. 90
Modern Imaging Techniques: Windows on the Mindp. 104
Cosmetic Psychopharmacologyp. 121
Healing the Diseased Brain: New Attempts at Brain Repairp. 148
The New Brainp. 188
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 217
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