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Conversations With Neil's Brain : The Neural Nature of Thought and Language

Conversations With Neil's Brain : The Neural Nature of Thought and Language - 94 edition

Conversations With Neil's Brain : The Neural Nature of Thought and Language - 94 edition

ISBN13: 9780201483376

ISBN10: 0201483378

Conversations With Neil
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 94
Copyright: 1994
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
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International: No
Conversations With Neil

ISBN13: 9780201483376

ISBN10: 0201483378

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 94

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Summary

In a series of stories before, after, and even during neurosurgery, an epileptic patient, Neil ; his surgeon, George Ojemann ; and neuroscientist William Calvin work together to remove a portion of Neil's temporal lobe. If they do it right, they will have a good chance of putting an end to Neil's seizures. If they slice too far to the left or right, they will wipe out essential parts of Neil's memory, or his ability to follow a joke to the punch line, or maybe his ability to recognize his wife's face. In essence, they can erase or alter parts of Neil. Conversations with Neil's Brain takes us inside the operating room and allows us to be part of this eerie process of discovery, using it to provide a unique window on human consciousness and the nature of human identity. The mapping of Neil's brain brings to life as never before the astounding specificity by which the brian operates, making clear why language, memory, and decision making are so complex, and why the cures for such ailments as learning disabilities, mental disorders, Alzheimer's, and strokes continue to elude the world's best medical efforts. In the context of this unique surgical drama, Conversations with Neil's Brain unfolds as an intensely compelling read.

Author Bio

Calvin, William H. : University of Washington-Seattle

William H. Calvin, Ph.D., a neurophysiologist at the University of Washington, is the author of The Throwing Madonna and The River that Flows Uphill.

Ojemann, George A. : University of Washington-Seattle

George A. Ojemann, M.D., a neurosurgeon at the University of Washington, collaborated with Dr. Calvin on their earlier book, Inside the Brain.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. A Window to the Brain
  2. Losing Consciousness
  3. Seeing the Brain Speak
  4. If Language Is Left, What's Right?
  5. The Problems with Paying Attention
  6. The Personality of the Lowly Neuron
  7. The What and Where of Memory
  8. How Are Memories Made?
  9. What's Up Front
  10. When Things Go Wrong with Thought and Mood
  11. Tuning Up the Brain by Pruning
  12. Acquiring and Reacquiring Language
  13. Taking Apart the Visual Image
  14. How the Brain Subdivides Language
  15. Why Can We Read So Well?
  16. Stringing Things Together in Novel Ways
  17. Deep in the Temporal Lobe, Just Across from the Brain Stem
  18. In Search of the Narrator