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Great Myths of the Brain

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Great Myths of the Brain introduces readers to the field of neuroscience by examining popular myths about the human brain.

  • Explores commonly-held myths of the brain through the lens of scientific research, backing up claims with studies and other evidence from the literature

  • Looks at enduring myths such as "Do we only use 10% of our brain?", "Pregnant women lose their mind", "Right-brained people are more creative" and many more.

  • Delves into myths relating to specific brain disorders, including epilepsy, autism, dementia, and others

  • Written engagingly and accessibly for students and lay readers alike, providing a unique introduction to the study of the brain

  • Teaches readers how to spot neuro hype and neuro-nonsense claims in the media

  • Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Praise for <i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">Great Myths of the Brain</i>
    3. Great Myths of Psychology
    4. Title page
    5. Copyright page
    6. Dedication
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. Introduction
      1. The Urgent Need for Neuro Myth-Busting
      2. About This Book
      3. The Need for Humility
      4. A Primer on Basic Brain Anatomy, Techniques, and Terminology
    9. 1 Defunct Myths
      1. Myth #1 Thought Resides in the Heart
      2. Myth #2 The Brain Pumps Animal Spirits Round the Body
      3. Myth #3 Brain Cells Join Together Forming a Huge Nerve Net
      4. Myth #4 Mental Function Resides in the Brain's Hollows
    10. 2 Myth-Based Brain Practices
      1. Myth #5 Drilling a Hole in the Skull Releases Evil Spirits
      2. Myth #6 Personality Can Be Read in the Bumps on the Skull
      3. Myth #7 Mental Illness Can Be Cured by Disconnecting the Frontal Lobes
    11. 3 Mythical Case Studies
      1. Myth #8 Brain Injury Turned Neuroscience's Most Famous Case into an Impulsive Brute
      2. Myth #9 The Faculty of Language Production Is Distributed Through the Brain
      3. Myth #10 Memory Is Distributed Throughout the Entire Cortex
    12. 4 The Immortal Myths
      1. Myth #11 We only use ten percent of Our Brains
      2. Myth #12 Right-Brained People Are More Creative
      3. Myth #13 The Female Brain Is More Balanced (and Other Gender-Based Brain Myths)
      4. Myth #14 Adults Can't Grow New Brain Cells
      5. Myth #15 There's a God Spot in the Brain (and Other Lesser-Spotted Myths)
      6. Myth #16 Pregnant Women Lose Their Minds
      7. Myth #17 We All Need Eight Hours of Continuous Sleep (and Other Dozy Sleep Myths)
      8. Myth #18 The Brain Is a Computer
      9. Myth #19 The Mind Can Exist Outside of the Brain
      10. Myth #20 Neuroscience Is Transforming Human Self-Understanding
    13. 5 Myths about the Physical Structure of the Brain
      1. Myth #21 The Brain Is Well Designed
      2. Myth #22 The Bigger the Brain, the Better
      3. Myth #23 You Have a Grandmother Cell
      4. Myth #24 Glial Cells Are Little More Than Brain Glue
      5. Myth #25 Mirror Neurons Make Us Human (and Broken Mirror Neurons Cause Autism)
      6. Myth #26 The Disembodied Brain
    14. 6 Technology and Food Myths
      1. Myth #27 Brain Scans Can Read Your Mind
      2. Myth #28 Neurofeedback Will Bring You Bliss and Enlightenment
      3. Myth #29 Brain Training Will Make You Smart
      4. Myth #30 Brain Food Will Make You Even Smarter
      5. Myth #31 Google Will Make You Stupid, Mad, or Both
    15. 7 Brain Myths Concerning Perception and Action
      1. Myth #32 The Brain Receives Information from Five Separate Senses
      2. Myth #33 The Brain Perceives the World As It Is
      3. Myth #34 The Brain's Representation of the Body Is Accurate and Stable
    16. 8 Myths about Brain Disorder and Illness
      1. Myth #35 Brain Injury and Concussion Myths
      2. Myth #36 Amnesia Myths
      3. Myth #37 Coma Myths
      4. Myth #38 Epilepsy Myths
      5. Myth #39 Autism Myths
      6. Myth #40 Dementia Myths
      7. Myth #41 The Chemical Imbalance Myth of Mental Illness
    17. Afterword
    18. Index
    19. Supplemental Images
    20. End User License Agreement