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See below for a selection of the latest books from Neurosciences category. Presented with a red border are the Neurosciences books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Neurosciences books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Meanings of Pain Volume 2: Common Types of Pain and Language

Meanings of Pain Volume 2: Common Types of Pain and Language

Author: Simon van Rysewyk Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2019

Experiential evidence shows that pain is associated with common meanings. These include a meaning of threat or danger, which is experienced as immediately distressing or unpleasant; cognitive meanings, which are focused on the long-term consequences of having chronic pain; and existential meanings such as hopelessness, which are more about the person with chronic pain than the pain itself. This interdisciplinary book - the second in the three-volume Meanings of Pain series edited by Dr Simon van Rysewyk - aims to better understand pain by describing experiences of pain and the meanings these experiences hold for the people living through them. The lived experiences of pain described here involve various types of chronic pain, including spinal pain, labour pain, rheumatic pain, diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, endometriosis-associated pain, and cancer-related pain. Two chapters provide narrative descriptions of pain, recounted and interpreted by people with pain. Language is important to understanding the meaning of pain since it is the primary tool human beings use to manipulate meaning. As discussed in the book, linguistic meaning may hold clues to understanding some pain-related experiences, including the stigmatisation of people with pain, the dynamics of patient-clinician communication, and other issues, such as relationships between pain, public policy and the law, and attempts to develop a taxonomy of pain that is meaningful for patients. Clinical implications are described in each chapter. This book is intended for people with pain, their family members or caregivers, clinicians, researchers, advocates, and policy makers. It is my opinion that this ... work will stand as the definitive reference work in this field. I believe it will enrich the professional and personal lives of health care providers, researchers and people who have persistent pain and their family members. The combination of framework chapters with chapters devoted to analysing the lived experience of pain conditions gives the requisite breadth and depth to the subject. - Dr Marc A. Russo, MBBS DA(UK) FANZCA FFPMANZCA, Newcastle, Australia, from the Foreword

Functions of the Brain A Conceptual Approach to Cognitive Neuroscience

Functions of the Brain A Conceptual Approach to Cognitive Neuroscience

Author: Albert Kok Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2019

Considering how computational properties of the brain inform cognitive functions, this book presents a unique conceptual introduction to cognitive neuroscience. This essential guide explores the complex relationship between the mind and the brain, building upon the authors' extensive research in neural information processing and cognitive neuroscience to provide a comprehensive overview of the field. Rather than providing detailed descriptions of different cognitive processes, Functions of the Brain: A Conceptual Approach to Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on how the brain functions using specific processes. Beginning with a brief history of early cognitive neuroscience research, Kok goes on to discuss how information is represented and processed in the brain before considering the underlying functional organization of larger-scale brain networks involved in human cognition. The second half of the book addresses the architecture of important overlapping areas of cognition, including attention and consciousness, perception and action, and memory and emotion. This book is essential reading for upper-level undergraduates studying Cognitive Neuroscience, particularly those taking a more conceptual approach to the topic.

Functions of the Brain A Conceptual Approach to Cognitive Neuroscience

Functions of the Brain A Conceptual Approach to Cognitive Neuroscience

Author: Albert Kok Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2019

Considering how computational properties of the brain inform cognitive functions, this book presents a unique conceptual introduction to cognitive neuroscience. This essential guide explores the complex relationship between the mind and the brain, building upon the authors' extensive research in neural information processing and cognitive neuroscience to provide a comprehensive overview of the field. Rather than providing detailed descriptions of different cognitive processes, Functions of the Brain: A Conceptual Approach to Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on how the brain functions using specific processes. Beginning with a brief history of early cognitive neuroscience research, Kok goes on to discuss how information is represented and processed in the brain before considering the underlying functional organization of larger-scale brain networks involved in human cognition. The second half of the book addresses the architecture of important overlapping areas of cognition, including attention and consciousness, perception and action, and memory and emotion. This book is essential reading for upper-level undergraduates studying Cognitive Neuroscience, particularly those taking a more conceptual approach to the topic.

The Feeling of Life Itself Why Consciousness Is Widespread but Can't Be Computed

The Feeling of Life Itself Why Consciousness Is Widespread but Can't Be Computed

An argument that consciousness, more widespread than previously assumed, is the feeling of being alive, not a type of computation or a clever hack. In The Feeling of Life Itself, Christof Koch offers a straightforward definition of consciousness as any subjective experience, from the most mundane to the most exalted-the feeling of being alive. Psychologists study which cognitive operations underpin a given conscious perception. Neuroscientists track the neural correlates of consciousness in the brain, the organ of the mind. But why the brain and not, say, the liver? How can the brain, three pounds of highly excitable matter, a piece of furniture in the universe, subject to the same laws of physics as any other piece, give rise to subjective experience? Koch argues that what is needed to answer these questions is a quantitative theory that starts with experience and proceeds to the brain. In The Feeling of Life Itself, Koch outlines such a theory, based on integrated information. Koch describes how the theory explains many facts about the neurology of consciousness and how it has been used to build a clinically useful consciousness meter. The theory predicts that many, and perhaps all, animals experience the sights and sounds of life; consciousness is much more widespread than conventionally assumed. Contrary to received wisdom, however, Koch argues that programmable computers will not have consciousness. Even a perfect software model of the brain is not conscious. Its simulation is fake consciousness. Consciousness is not a special type of computation-it is not a clever hack. Consciousness is about being.

Ay's Neuroanatomy of C. Elegans for Computation

Ay's Neuroanatomy of C. Elegans for Computation

Author: Theodore B. Achacoso, William S. Yamamoto Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/09/2019

First published in 1992, AY's Neuroanatomy of C. elegans for Computation provides the neural circuitry database of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, both in printed form and in ASCII files on 5.25-inch diskettes (for use on IBM (R) and compatible personal computers, Macintosh (R) computers, and higher level machines). Tables of connections among neuron classes, synapses among individual neurons, gap junctions among neurons, worm cells and their embryonic origin, and synthetically derived neuromuscular connections are presented together with the references from which the data were compiled and edited. Sample data files and source codes of FORTRAN and BASIC programs are provided to illustrate the use of mathematical tools for any researcher or student interested in examining a natural neural network and discovering what makes it tick.

Brain Iron Metabolism and CNS Diseases

Brain Iron Metabolism and CNS Diseases

Author: Yan-Zhong Chang Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/09/2019

This book focuses on advances in our understanding of the regulatory mechanisms of brain iron uptake, iron homeostasis and iron metabolism in the pathophysiology and pharmacology of CNS disease models. Dysregulation of brain iron homeostasis can lead to severe pathological changes in the neural system. Iron deficiency can slow down the development of the neural system and cause language and motion disorders, while iron overload is closely related to neurodegenerative diseases. Although some current books include chapters on iron metabolism and certain neurodegenerative diseases, this is the first systematic summary of the latest discoveries regarding brain iron metabolism and CNS diseases. By providing novel and thought-provoking insights into the mechanisms and physiological significance of brain iron metabolism and related diseases, the book stimulates further new research directions. It helps graduate students and researchers gain an overall picture of brain iron metabolism and the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, and also offers pharmaceutical companies inspiration for new treatment strategies for CNS diseases.

Working with MEG

Working with MEG

Author: Gavin Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2019

Cardiovascular Implications of Stress and Depression

Cardiovascular Implications of Stress and Depression

Cardiovascular Implications of Stress and Depression provides an in-depth examination on how exposure to stress influences risk for cardiovascular disease and how depression is associated with this relationship. This authoritative volume examines causal pathways linking stress, depression and cardiovascular disease. In addition, it provides mechanistic insights into how environmental stress can lead to cardiovascular diseases. Current information about mechanistic factors, clinical and epidemiological aspects, and management issues associated with stress/depression are presented. These insights demonstrate how the mechanisms behind chronic stress and depression lead to cardiovascular diseases. In addition, their role in existing diseases (such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes) is explored.

Nerve-Muscle Cell Trophic Communication

Nerve-Muscle Cell Trophic Communication

Author: Hugo L. Fernandez Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2019

First Published in 1988, this book offers a full, comprehensive guide to the relationship between nerve endings and muscles and the ways in which they communicate. Carefully compiled and filled with a vast repertoire of notes, diagrams, and references this book serves as a useful reference for students of medicine, and other practitioners in their respective fields.

The Pineal Gland Volume 2 Reproductive Effects

The Pineal Gland Volume 2 Reproductive Effects

Author: Russel J. Reiter Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2019

First published in 1981: This volume talks about new research understandings of the function of the Pineal Gland which was thought to have no legitimate function.

Minute Eye Movement and Brain Stem Function

Minute Eye Movement and Brain Stem Function

Author: Davis Coakley Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2019

First Published in 1983: This book describes a technique developed over the last decade which uses minute eye movement as a monitor of brain stem function.

Craniosynostosis

Craniosynostosis

Author: Guido Galli Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2019

Published in 1984, this book explores craniosynostosis, providing a synthesis of diagnostic aspects and the therapeutic orientation derived from both the evolution of pathogenetic theory, and the necessity to recognize and treat affected children as early as possible. Focusing on craniosynostosis in the first year of life the books has a practical, clinical and applicative content and will be of use to the practicing physician as well as the specialist reader.