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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Getting your head around the brain

ISBN 9780230298552
Publication Date November 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Have you ever wondered how it's possible to walk down a street, with your thoughts on what you're going to have for lunch? What's telling your legs to move while your mind is on other things? And how are you reading these words right now? The simple answer: it's your brain.

By answering these questions and more, Getting Your Head Around the Brain is your first stop for understanding human behaviour. It provides intriguing insight into the brain's awesome abilities, and covers fascinating topics like sensation, memory and emotion. Whether you're studying for your psychology degree, or whether you just want to learn more about human behaviour, Getting Your Head Around the Brain is a fun-and-friendly guide to this mysterious and often misunderstood organ.

Key features:
* no nonsense – it's written in language that you don't need a PhD to understand;
* eye-catching illustrations and cartoons;
* fascinating examples throughout.

Let this book guide your curiosity for the intricacies and surprises of the brain and the behaviour it produces.

AMANDA ELLISON is Senior Lecturer in the Psychology department at Durham University, UK. She has been teaching Biological Psychology and other neuroscientific topics for 16 years, and is particularly interested in how different parts of the brain talk to each other when we are doing everyday things.

Engage Your Brain
The Nitty Gritty
What a Sensation
See What I Mean?
Now Hear This
Moving On
How do Your Neurons Grow?
Oh DO Behave
Just Sleep on it
Let's Talk about Sex
Second that Emotion
Memories are Made of This
You'd Better Think
Put it all Together... .


Dr Amanda Ellison has pulled off an amazing feat. This book explains the structure and function of our brain in such a way that neuroanatomy and neurophysiology become not only easy to understand but also fun to read about!' - Dr Erik Corthout, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
'Amanda Ellison has written a delicious book. Savour it with a small spoon or gulp it straight from the source. Hard science made easier; serious stuff made fun; insane and beautiful cartoons. Love it.' - Professor Vincent Walsh, University College London, UK
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