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The Human Brain: A Guided Tour

Susan Greenfield

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Science Masters, Prose: non-fiction, Popular science, Life sciences: general issues

Susan Greenfield, one of the world's pre-eminent scientists, takes the reader on a guided tour of the final frontier in human understanding: the brain.

Locked away remote from the rest of the body in its own custom-built casing of skull bone, with no intrinsic moving parts, the human brain remains a tantalising mystery. But now, more than ever before, we have the expertise to tackle this mystery - the last 20 years have seen astounding progress in brain research.

Susan Greenfield begins by exploring the roles of different regions of the brain. She then switches to the opposite direction and examines how certain functions, such as movement and vision, are accommodated in the brain. She describes how a brain is made from a single fertilized egg, and the fate of the brain is traced through life as we see how it constantly changes as a result of experience to provide the essence of a unique individual.

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Praise for The Human Brain: A Guided Tour

  • Dr Susan Greenfield ... is rightly admired as a popular communicator and THE HUMAN BRAIN: A GUIDED TOUR will appeal as a Baedeker to the brain, even to the non-scientist - THE TIMES

  • Superb ... I recommend it to anyone interested in this area of science - SUNDAY TIMES

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Susan Greenfield

Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield is a pioneering scientist, an entrepreneur, a communicator of science and policy adviser. She has achieved a reputation as one of the most influential and inspirational women in the world. She has long been regarded as a world-leading expert on the human brain, widely known for her research into the areas of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, and has received a life peerage and a CBE in the United Kingdom. Baroness Greenfield is an outstanding communicator and a significant contributor to the public understanding of science - best selling author of 'The Human Brain: A Guided Tour', 'Brain Story' and 'Tomorrow's People: How 21st Century Technology Is Changing the Way We Think and Feel', among others. Susan has presented numerous television and radio programs, including a major six part series on the brain and mind, 'Brain Story' broadcast on the BBC.

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