He's wrong. Jake's whole life changes. Jake can't invite friends over anymore because he is afraid Skelly will embarrass him or do something strange. It seems as if Jake's relationship with Skelly is turned around so that Jake is the adult and Skelly is the kid. Jake finds out that AD is a big deal. I think "The Graduation of Jake Moon" is a good book for kids between 10 and 14 years old. While reading the book, you might feel as if you are Jake Moon.
There are many descriptions and thoughts through his eyes. However, some kids might find the book a bit slow in some parts. Some kids may think that a book about AD would be so boring. I found that AD is very interesting. If you put yourself into the shoes of a person who needs to take care of a person with AD, you would see how difficult it is and how your life could change.
For elementary school students Get up close to a carpet beetle, tsetse fly and dust mite! These and other microscopic animals are enlarged and made visible through the photographs of Dennis Kunkel, a scientist who uses a microscope to see things most of us never see. Dennis teamed with author Stephen Kramer to create "Hidden Worlds. We learn how Dennis became interested in science and about his work inside and outside the laboratory. The book is filled with photographs of plants and animals that Dennis has taken using different types of microscopes including a dissecting microscope, compound microscope and electron microscope.
I think that Dennis is an artist and a scientist. His photographs are bright and colorful; some are abstract the butterfly wing , others are scary the carpet beetle and dog flea. All of his photographs are beautiful and I see them as pieces of art. I knew Dennis when we were both graduate students at the University of Washington in the early s.
Dennis worked in the Department of Neurological Surgery, three floors above where I worked.
Although our research focused on different topics, we played softball on the same graduate student team. If I remember correctly, our team name was the "Axonal Aces. I have moved away from direct University research since funding became so difficult to obtain. In , I started my own scientific stock photo agency and am licensing images to various publishers. I am continuing my microscopy with more vigor and am enjoying the time to be able to do this. In addition, I am working with all types of researchers and some commercial clients in photographing biological specimens.
It is exciting to be involved with many areas of biology and to be able to direct my microscopy expertise. Biology is so diversified that I have only begun to fully explore organisms with different types of microscopy. I have always been curious at visualizing the small worlds around us and now I have the time to do it. I am also involved in two other books but they have not been finalized with the publishers at this time. I work with many clients from film and TV to major magazines such as National Geographic.
My images are used in textbooks, magazines, educational programs and museums. For students in kindergarten to third grade. Author Paul Bennett provides a basic introduction to the nervous system and senses in "My Brain and Senses. Unfortunately, there is only one use of the term "nerve cells" and it is made in relation to the eye.
Bennett also makes a common mistake and states that "You see with your eyes. A picture of the "tongue map" that supposedly shows where bitter, sour, salt and sweet are tasted is also used. This tongue map, which is reproduced in many other books, is not accurate for several reasons see the link below. The many colorful photographs throughout the book should help maintain reader interest in the subject. For students in grades Both of these books could have been titled "Your Reflexes" because they introduce readers to the causes of common reflexes.
Authors Berger and Stangl point out that reflexes are automatic, involuntary behaviors. Some reflexes, such as the quick withdrawal action when a person touches a hot stove, protect us from injury. The purposes of other reflexes, such as hiccups and yawning, are not known. The authors do a good job explaining reflexes, although their explanation of yawning is probably incorrect. Berger writes, "Yawning is your body's way of getting more oxygen" and Stangl says, "A yawn begins when the lungs have too little oxygen in them. Robert Provine at the University of Maryland have shown that the number of times a person yawns is not affected by the amount of oxygen that people breathe.
Therefore, yawning may have nothing to with getting more oxygen to the body. Despite this error, both books provide a good introduction to reflexes. Berger's book includes color illustrations and a short list of experiments to do. Stangl uses drawings and photographs in her book and also includes a glossary, index, and list of recommended books and web sites. For students in first to fourth grade. Writing a book for young students about the anatomy of the nervous system is a difficult job.
What parts of the brain should be included in the book? How much detail should be included? Author LeVert, in her book "The Brain," divides the nervous system into its two main parts: the central nervous system brain and spinal cord and peripheral nervous system nerves extending to and from the brain and spinal cord.
LeVert goes on to divide the brain into the cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem and limbic system. The book does a good job of explaining the major structures and functions of each of these areas. The many large, colorful drawings and photographs in the book help illustrate these ideas. One important theme throughout the book is that different parts of the brain function together. In addition to sections about basic brain anatomy, the book discusses the structure and function of nerve cells neurons. There are also brief sections about head injury, headaches, epilepsy and strokes. However, there is no discussion of the senses, glial cells or reflexes.
Nevertheless, "The Brain" is a good book that introduces young students to the complex world of the nervous system. Your senses never stop working. They bring information to your brain to tell you about the outside world. This list is followed by funny poems, such as this one about smell: "My nose knows When Spot walks by, If his fur is Wet or dry.
Every page of the book is filled with colorful illustrations by Amanda Haley. The book should hold the interest of young readers, but a few scientific errors should be noted. First, Ziefert shows a picture of a "tongue map. Although many books show this tongue map, it is incorrect and not based on scientific fact. Taste buds that respond to all basic tastes can be found on all areas of the tongue. Second, Ziefert gives receptors in the skin too much credit.
She states, "Receptors tell you when someone presses hard, or gently, on your feet. It is the brain that interprets the information sent by receptors. Ziefert's book is a good choice for those who want a brief introduction to the senses. Reading Level: Grades ; "Remember Me? What would you do if one of your grandparents could not remember you? These books show how two children cope when their grandparents show symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Tamika, the young girl in "Singing with Momma Lou," notices that her grandmother, Momma Lou, has trouble remembering her.
She decides to give memories back to her grandmother by sharing pictures and other items from Momma Lou's past. One week she brings a baby picture of herself to Momma Lou. On other visits, Tamika brings yearbooks, newspaper clippings, pressed corsages and ticket stubs. Together, Tamika and Momma Lou share each memento. In "Remember Me? She feels responsible for his memory loss because she thinks her grandfather is mad at her. By discussing her feelings with her mother, the girl finds out that her grandfather has Alzheimer's disease. Knowing that her grandfather's memory loss is not her fault, the girl decides to be her grandfather's "new memory" by talking to him about all of the things they did together.
Both books should help children understand the effects of Alzheimer's disease. The stories should also help reduce fears of children who believe that they are responsible for the changes in their grandparent's behavior. Lou Gehrig. The Luckiest Man by David A. However, in , Gehrig's batting skill declined and he had trouble fielding the ball. Over the next year or so, Gehrig became weak and bedridden. On June 2, , Gehrig died. Adler's book is an excellent way to teach young children about neurological illness.
The book starts with Gehrig's childhood and then his baseball career. Gehrig's symptoms and the course of his disease are described accurately and add to the description of his life. The colorful acrylic images created by Terry Widener bring the story to life. Reading level: Grades [Note: I was the scientific consultant for each of these books.
However, I do not receive any payment for any books that are sold. Each book is filled with large, colorful photographs and illustrations. Each book ends with a simple experiment that can be done to show how the senses work. The difference in these books from other books about the senses for young readers is the emphasis on how the sense organs work with the brain.
Many other books of this type do not even mention the brain. Rather, they state, for example, that the eye "knows" that an apple is red. The eye does not know anything about the shape, size, or color of an object. It is the brain that receives information about an object from the eye.
The brain creates a perception of the object from this information. Author Rebecca Olien emphasizes the importance of the brain in each of her new books. Reading Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3 [Note: I was a consultant for this book and am listed in the acknowledgements, but do not receive any payment for any books that are sold. Barry expects to swim, play games and make arts and crafts at camp.
Little did he know that he would also learn about reflexes such as sneezing and yawning. Barry upsets his drama teacher, Mr. Zane, by yawning. Zane thinks that Barry is bored. Barry explains that he could not help yawning. Barry's sneeze and his hiccups the following days during play practice do not help matters. Zane does not understand Barry's explanation that yawning, sneezing and hiccups are involuntary reflexes and thinks that Barry should control himself. Zane finally understands what has been happening to Barry when he has his own involuntary reflex. You will have to read the book to find out which reflex affects Mr.
Reading Level: Intended to be read by children with adults. Neurological disorders affect not only the person with the disease, but the person's family and friends too. Children of people with such illnesses may become confused when their parents have trouble moving and speaking or show changes in their personalities. A Child's Guide to Parkinson's Disease. In the forward to the book, Muhammad Ali mentions that he has had Parkinson's disease for more than 20 years and that he has found it difficult to talk to his grandchildren about his condition.
Rasheda Ali's book is a great way for people with Parkinson's disease to discuss their condition with their children and grandchildren. The book is meant to be read with children. Different symptoms of Parkinson's disease are discussed with 1 text written from a child's perspective, 2 illustrations of a symptom, 3 questions to ask a child and 4 facts about a symptom. Rasheda Ali summarizes the purpose of the book this way: "Children want to understand why their loved ones behave a certain way.
By encouraging communication between them and your loved one with Parkinson's disease, you are not only educating them, you are also bringing them closer together. To someone just beginning to study the nervous system, however, these books are not very useful. Fred Ehrlich. Ehlich's book is the only comparative neuroanatomy book for young readers that I have ever seen. He starts the book by discussing which animal has the "best" brain. Ehlich correctly points out that each animal has the proper brain for the things that it does. The brains and abilities of invertebrates worms, mosquitoes, cockroaches and vertebrates birds, cats, dogs, monkeys, apes, humans are then compared and contrasted.
Poems at the end of each chapter and the many colorful, cartoon illustrations by Amanda Haley reinforce the ideas that Dr. Ehrlich presents. Although the book is not detailed enough to be used for research, it is an excellent introduction to the field of neuroanatomy. Hallowell, M. Reading Level: Kindergarten through grade 3 Lucy is a young girl who meets Manfred, a brain who has lost his head. Together, Lucy and Manfred or "Fred" for short go on a search for Fred's head. Along the way, Fred teaches Lucy that everyone is smart in their own way and that there is no "best" brain.
The last five pages of the book provide a discussion guide for parents and teachers to help children learn about the power and uniqueness of their brains. Reading level: Grade 5 and up National Geographic publishes one of my favorite magazines. The stories in National Geographic are always interesting and the photographs are incredible. The magazine occasionally has medical related articles, some about the brain and nervous system. In addition to the magazine, National Geographic publishes books about various topics, so it was just a matter of time before they created one about the brain.
I even recognize the book's cover photograph as one from the magazine. I recommend this new book to anyone interested in an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. At only 64 pages, the book cannot cover every topic, but it is a good overview.
Author Kathleen Simpson ends her book with a glossary, bibliography and resources for further information -- she even mentions the Neuroscience for Kids Web site! My Brain. Reading Level: Kindergarten to Grade 3 Science books for children are difficult to write. Authors of these books must take a difficult subject and create a book that young readers can understand and enjoy.
Writers must also consider how much detail to include and what topics to leave out. My Brain" does a decent job introducing the nervous system to children, but it is not without problems. Author Sally Hewitt divides her book into two page sections each discussing a different topic: nerves, senses, reflexes, memory, learning, emotions, and brain health. There are plenty of colorful photographs and drawings to illustrate each topic.
Unfortunately, there are a few factual errors. For example, the brain is said to be the color gray. The brain is not gray. Rather, the brain is a pinkish-white color. Also, Hewitt mentions that " Some animals, such as jellyfish and sea stars, do not have a brain. As long as these errors are pointed out, I would still recommend this book for young children. Mistakes can sometimes be the best teachers.
You've Got Nerve. Reading Level: Grades As you look at the covers and flip through the pages of these three books, you are sure to be attracted to the many bright and colorful illustrations and photographs. All of the books cover the basics of the nervous system, but in different ways. You've Got Nerve is written for younger students and discusses different aspects of the brain in 2-page sections. A glossary at the end of the book defines some of the more difficult words and terms. What Goes On In My Head, written for older readers, is a bit busier, discussing more topics including perception, personality, reward systems and brain injury.
A 21st Century Look In this book, two museum mice act as guides as they take readers on a tour of the nervous system. The books all contain boxes filled with fascinating facts and trivia about the nervous system. Although the books contain a few factual errors or mislabeled pictures, I would still recommend them to young neuroscientists interested in learning about the brain.
Author Karin Halvorson takes on the brain by with easy to understand chapters about the senses, nerves, reflexes, involuntary responses, balance, thought, emotion and personality. Some of the topics have experiments and demonstrations to reinforce concepts such as the blink reflex, knee jerk reflex, Stroop effect, and a brain cap.
Unfortunately, the book also contains some errors and misconceptions. For example, Halvorson states that the adult brain is about the size of a grapefruit. I have never seen a three pound grapefruit! Grapefruits weigh about 0. Readers learn correctly that everyone uses both sides of their brain, but then readers are asked to find out if they are "right-brained" or "left-brained. Reading Level: Kindergarten to Grade 2. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed is a favorite book of many children.
In the story, one by one, small monkeys fall off a bed and bump their heads. And each time this happens, the mother monkey calls the doctor. The only advice the doctor provides: "No more monkeys jumping on the bed! People could not believe that I did not like this book. Kids loved the story. It's all in good fun. What could be wrong? First, you would think the mother monkey would learn that jumping on the bed poses a health risk to her little monkeys. Perhaps after the second or third injury, she should take some steps to prevent further injuries.
But no, she continues to let the monkeys jump on the bed oblivious to the fact that head injuries can be very dangerous. And what about the doctor? The doctor might want to examine the little monkeys to ensure they did not suffer a concussion. From the look of the bandages on the little monkeys' heads, the injuries look serious.
Most medical experts believe that it is fine to let someone with a concussion sleep as long as the patient does not have other serious symptoms. Nevertheless, it is still a good idea to check on the person during the night. Let's hope that the mother monkey checks on her little ones after she goes to sleep herself.
Stickmen's Guide to Your Brilliant Brain is a brief introduction to the nervous system. The book is written in short paragraphs and covers nerve cell, the senses, memory and the history of the neuroscientific discoveries. Also, the author attempts to explain how signals are sent within a neuron and even mentions how "gates" open and close. Although such an explanation is not usually provide for young readers, the explanation is not quite accurate. The descriptions of the senses are adequate and when vision is explained the LGN is even mentioned as a place where visual information is processed.
Unfortuantely, the LGN is never defined as the lateral geniculate nucleus. The book is filled with colorful illustrations that are sure to attract the attention of the reader. Left Brain Right Brain is a confusing book. On one hand, the book correctly dispels the myth that there is such a thing a right brained "creative" people and left brain "logical" people. Reviewed by Lynne Bleeker, science teacher For ages 12 and up Note: before reading this book review by Ms.
Bleeker, you should know that I proofread this book prior to its publication and am listed in the acknowledgments. However, I did not and will not receive any payment for this work and have no financial interest in this book - Eric H. Chudler, Ph. This is a wonderful book! The interesting and thought-provoking questions come from real students. Faith Hickman Brynie obviously spent a great deal of time researching the answers; each chapter has extensive notes and sources listed at the end of the book.
Her answers are clear, accurate, and well-written. The "Feature" sections at the end of each chapter contain historical information about real people and events related to the chapter's topics. The line drawings are nicely done and come at just the right point to answer questions about subjects including neurotransmitter function and brain anatomy.
However, I was disappointed that there were not more photographs. My only concern about the book involves one of the rare photographs, a photo of a sculpture of a nude male with exaggerated body parts. Librarians and teachers wishing to make this excellent book a part of their classroom collections should decide how to deal with this concern before putting the book in students' hands. This book, though, is sure to be a hit! The book contains three terrific tables about parts of the brain, neurotransmitters and addictive drugs as well as a complete glossary, index and suggestions for further reading about the subject.
I especially appreciated Ms. Hyde and John F. Setaro, Danbury: Franklin Watts, , pp. Level: for middle school students and up Margaret Hyde has written more than 80 books on subjects such as asthma, AIDS, outer space, drug abuse, genetics and mental illness. She has teamed with Dr. John F. Setaro to write her newest book called "When the Brain Dies First. After a brief introduction to normal brain function, "When the Brain Dies First" covers various brain disorders and diseases including shaken baby syndrome, head trauma, brain infections, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Batten disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke.
The effects of drug abuse and neurotoxins on the brain are also explained. The many descriptions of patients in the emergency room and operating room help to illustrate disease processes and methods of treatment. Hyde and Setaro are to be congratulated for including recent events that have impacted neuroscience, such as the outbreak of West Nile encephalitis in and new research into the development of a vaccine for Alzheimer's disease. Although there is much research that holds the promise of cures for various brain disorders, Hyde and Setaro correctly caution readers about being overly optimistic.
They detail the difficult and complex path that leads from the research laboratory to the drug store. Rather, the book presents a balanced view of euthanasia, brain death, gene therapy and caring for those with dementia. The last chapter of the book deals with keeping the brain healthy and the search for cures to neurological disorders. I was happy to see that Hyde and Setaro mentioned Brain Awareness Week as a time to highlight the progress and discoveries made in neuroscience. I asked Margaret Hyde for some background on her new book.
Here is her reply: "John Setaro and I were expressing our concern about several friends and relatives who were suffering from Alzheimer's and Pick's disease and he suggested we write a book on the subject. I was surprised to find so many different kinds of dementia and the large number of families who are affected. We hope the book will encourage young people to get involved in prevention, support for patients and families, and perhaps choose careers in which they do some much needed research toward finding cures.
For middle school students and up States of Mind is a collection of essays by eight leading neuroscientists. These essays were originally part of a lecture series sponsored by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Smithsonian Associates. Included in the book are the following: Dr. Jerome Kagan, Harvard University: genes, environment and behavior Dr. Eric Kandel, Columbia University: memory, learning, genes and the brain Dr.
Allan Hobson, Harvard Medical School: sleep and dreams Each essay is written in language that high school students should understand. There are several drawings and photographs in each chapter that help illustrate concepts and ideas. Although "States of Mind" could use a few more photographs and drawings to explain various theories and ideas, it is a first-rate introduction to current findings in brain research. For middle school students and up The Human Brain is a thin little book packed with information about this mysterious and amazing three-pound organ.
Greenfield's descriptions of disorders of the brain, such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and amnesia, are excellent. Her discussion about addictive drugs and the neurotransmitters they mimic and those they affect is also very clear. I especially appreciated her explanation of action potentials and synapses. For example, to describe chemical neurotransmission, she uses the analogy of a boat which has to be brought to water, cross and dock on the other side.
After reading the book I felt I had a more thorough understanding of the electrical and chemical components of an action potential. Additional diagrams and pictures would have been helpful; I often found myself mentally reviewing the locations of parts of the brain and wishing that there were labeled diagrams for reference. I counted only four photographs and seven diagrams in the page book.
In addition to the careful descriptions of what is known about the brain, Dr. Greenfield's discussions of the riddles of consciousness, mind and memory were greatly appreciated. The relation of the physical brain to the mind and a person's individuality is still mostly a mystery to science, and as she says in her concluding remarks, "We have seen astounding progress but the adventure is only really just beginning. I would highly recommend the entire book to college students and adults, and would use sections of it with middle school and high school students.
It would be an excellent addition to the home or school library, both for its neuroscience content and for its descriptions of the processes and frontiers of scientific study. Reading Level: Children and adults. Book review by Lynne Bleeker, middle school teacher and science education specialist. Are you looking for a great book to read over the summer? The story is told from the falcon's perspective. Does that sound boring? It's not! The story of Frightful's survival when Sam goes back to town is full of peril and danger, new adventures and new experiences. I literally could not put the book down once I started reading it.
So what does a book about a falcon have to do with neuroscience? A great deal, I discovered. A major theme of the book is bird migration. For example, how do birds know when it is time to go south for the winter? The book explores how the angle of sun above the earth affects the physical responses in a bird's brain.
A quote: "She took a reading on the sun's rays, listened to her internal compass, and started south. The book got me so interested in questions about how bird brains know when it is time to fly south that I picked up another book, "How Do Birds Find their Way? Typical of the Let's-Read-and- Find-Out-Science series of which it is a part, the book is full of information and pictures, and it answered a lot of my questions as well as raised some new ones!
Still, it didn't hold me on the edge of my seat the way "Frightful's Mountain" did. The Case of the Frozen Addicts by J. Reading level: middle school to adult. Part medical mystery, part political drama and part crime story, "The Case of the Frozen Addicts" chronicles 10 years in the life of neurologist J. William Langston as he unravels the cause of a disorder that has frozen a handful of heroin addicts. The story begins in when six heroin addicts inject themselves with a bad batch of synthetic heroin.
A few days later, these people find themselves unable to move. Although their ability to think, see and feel are unaffected, they cannot move their muscles. These people are frozen, with symptoms similar to those of Parkinson's disease. Sadly, "The Case of the Frozen Addicts" is a true story. Langston describes his journey to discover why these people are unable to move. Along the way he encounters a chemical that holds the potential to revolutionize the study of Parkinson's disease. The road he takes is not smooth: competition from other laboratories, professional jealousy and research problems all impede his progress.
Nevertheless, Langston's discoveries start new research to investigate the causes and potential treatments for Parkinson's disease and send Langston down a new career path. The book has just enough technical information to provide readers who do not have a neuroscience background with an understanding of the science. I highly recommend "The Case of the Frozen Addicts" to anyone looking for a well-written mystery with a neuroscientific twist. Authors Hyde and Setaro have done it again. Hyde and Setaro do a fantastic job explaining new medical discoveries in language that people without much background in science can understand.
All of the topics discussed in the book are filled with scientific, ethical and moral dilemmas. For example, should animals be used to provide spare parts for humans? Should employers be allowed to perform genetic tests on workers to screen for risks of mental and physical disorders? The book provides arguments from all sides of the controversies and raises many important questions about the future of medicine.
Readers must use their own judgment to decide where they stand on each issue. I asked Margaret Hyde why she wrote the book. She replied: "We wrote this book in response to requests for easy to understand information about stem cells, the genome, and other medical advances that are so important to everyone and need intelligent responses from citizens of today and tomorrow. He is one of the most famous people in neuroscience. He is not a brain researcher or a physician. Rather, he is a patient. He is Phineas Gage. In , Mr. Gage was a foreman working on the railroad. Gage's cheek, through his brain and out of his skull.
Miraculously, Mr. Gage lived to tell his story. Fleischman's book starts by describing the accident that took place in Cavendish, Vermont. He traces the steps that led up to the accident and follows poor Mr. Gage as he is treated by the town's doctors. We learn that Mr. Gage recovers physically from his injury, but mentally, he is a changed man. After the accident, he has a new personality: gruff, unreliable, nasty, unsociable. Fleischman discusses how the case of Phineas Gage influenced how people thought about the brain. Was the brain like a bowl of Jell-O with each part capable of all functions or were functions localized to particular brain structures?
The evidence provided by Phineas Gage's accident seemed to favor the localization theory because specific functions, such as rational thought, were affected by damage to the frontal lobe. The book follows Mr. Gage until his death on May 21, , in San Francisco, California. However, the story is not over.
Fleischman describes how researchers have used modern imaging devices to learn more about Mr. Gage and to provide more information about frontal lobe function. These images permit readers to better understand what happened to Phineas Gage years ago. I asked John Fleischman for some behind-the-scenes information about his book. He sent me some comments from a press release: "Everyone at Harvard--and in brain science--knows the story. At the time, my office was about a hundred yards away from the skull.
When my editor at Houghton Mifflin, Amy Flynn, accepted the book, the people in public affairs were amazed that a children's publisher would take on such a subject. I was too. But I knew that kids of a certain age were fascinated by this kind of thing. I call them kids with 'healthy morbid interests. For middle school students Dr. Donald Cleveland, a professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas, has written a book that takes a historical view of the brain.potomenanyce.cf
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Cleveland divides his book into three main themes: neuroscience, psychology and cognitive science. Many black-and-white drawings and photographs help illustrate the book, but the list of suggested books and bibliography could be improved. The listed URL to Internet links also does not work. Nevertheless, How the Brain Works is a excellent resource for students who want to learn about the discoveries that have advanced the field of brain research.
Reading level: middle school students and up Arda Darakjian Clark has written about one of the most frightening diagnoses a person can hear: brain tumors. Brain tumors occur when cells grow out of control. The tumor forms a mass within the brain that can put pressure on nearby normal tissue and take energy resources away from areas that need them.
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Although there are treatments for brain tumors, the outcome is often fatal. Clark starts the book by defining the types of brain tumors and how they grow. She then discusses the symptoms of brain tumors e. The author is careful to point out that other conditions have many of the same symptoms caused by brain tumors.
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The remainder of the book focuses on the treatment and care of people with brain tumors. Together with a team of doctors, patients must decide among the treatment options including surgery removal of the tumor by a neurosurgeon , radiotherapy damaging the tumor cells with radiation and chemotherapy using anticancer drugs to stop tumor growth.
A few new therapies are also described. Clark provides a good description of the benefits and disadvantages and possible side effects of each treatment. I highly recommend this book for people who are researching brain tumors for school projects, who may have a friend or relative with a brain tumor or who just want to learn more about neurological disorders. Inside the Brain by Eric H. Reading level: middle school students and up Every once in a while I get an email from someone asking when I will write a book about the brain. I am happy to say my book is finished and has been published by Chelsea House Publishing Company.
I wrote the book as an introduction to the brain with many activities and demonstrations to help reinforce concepts about how the nervous system works. Chelsea House Publishing Company did a nice job summarizing Inside Your Brain as: "Ideal for anyone interested in learning about the nervous system, this helpful "road map" of the brain explains various brain structures and pinpoints their locations and particular functions.
Each chapter offers background information about a specific neuroscience topic, including the senses, sleep and dreaming, memory and learning, sidedness, and biological rhythms. The engaging experiments, games, and demonstrations help guide readers to an understanding of these concepts. The activities suggested meet national science education standards. Reading level: middle school students and up "Neurocomic" was once selected as the Neuroscience for Kids "Site of the Month. In "Neurocomic," authors Matteo Farinella and Hanna Ros tell the story of a man who is transported inside his own brain.
In his journey to escape and get back outside, the man meets famous neuroscientists who explain the structure and function of the brain. In chapter one, Morphology, the man meets neuroanatomist Santiago Ramon y Cajal who explains the structure of neurons. They are met by Camillo Golgi who starts an argument about how neurons are connected. When the man is swallowed by a neuron in chapter two, Pharmacology, he meets Charles Scott Sherrington who explains the synapse.
Later on, the man is packaged into a vesicle by Bernard Katz and sent into the synaptic cleft where he meets several neurotransmitters and drugs that affect receptors. Inside a neuron in chapter 3, Electrophysiology, the man meets Alan Hodgkin and Andrew Huxley who talk about how neurons generate electrical currents and send signals using action potentials.
After escaping from inside a neuron, the man washes up on a beach where he meets Eric Kandel and they discuss memory and neuroplasticity chapter four, Plasticity. They also meet up with Ivan Pavlov who demonstrates his work on conditioned responses. The man continues his journey up a mountain in chapter 5, Synchronicity, and runs into Hans Berger, the first person to record human brain waves. Their discussions lead to questions about consciousness, perception and the location of the mind.
I highly recommend Neurocomic: it is a fun introduction to neuroscience with plenty of interesting characters to keep readers engaged. How the Mind Creates Mathematics" by Stanislas Dehaene, I immediately connected to the online catalog of my local library, found the book and placed it on hold. One week later, the book was in my hands. Although he draws heavily on research papers, Dehaene has written the book for a wide audience, not just scientists.
Many of the research findings in "The Number Sense" will surprise you and you may not always agree with Dehaene's interpretation of the data. That's fine. A good book should make you think and ask questions. Some of the topics discussed: Can animals count and do math? Do infants have the ability to count? What are the origins of numbers? How does language affect math and memory?
Why do students in China and Japan score best on math tests? What is the best way to teach math? What are "idiot savants" and math geniuses? What can and can't they do? How do brain injuries affect mathematical ability? What parts of the brain are involved with mathematics and numbers?
When you add up all the interesting facts in this book, the results are sure to surprise you. Reviewed by Ira Surolia, second-year medical student, B. Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore, India For high school students and up Ramachandran, a neurologist from the University of California, San Diego, has written a highly readable book about the human brain.
In my opinion, "Phantoms in the Brain" is most appropriate for high school students and adults who are not experts in neurology. The book, written in a clear, story-like style, starts with an introduction to the brain and continues with stories of people who have unusual neurological conditions. These conditions include phantom limbs people feel the presence of a body part that has been amputated , false pregnancies women feel sure they are pregnant when they are not , scotomas people are blind only in parts of their visual field , neglect people ignore parts of their bodies , denial people refuse to believe something is wrong with them , and epilepsy people have seizures.
Ramachandran starts each chapter with the description of a particular problem, then follows with ideas about the underlying cause of the disorder. However, as Motherboard reported, the AI was mainly transferring color from one image to the next, which has suggested that color is the main feature that it learned to decipher between different patterns.
A scene from The Cat in the Hat was recreated as an image that looks similar to a blood splatter and another with two children standing outside went from an innocent meeting to a spooky display. The video shows a segment with Ross painting his iconic happy trees, but instead of seeing fluffy green bushels, viewers are presented with bug-eyed creatures on the canvas.
The latest DeepDream project was created by Alexander Reben, who is an artist an engineer. Google trains an artificial neural network by showing it millions of training examples and gradually adjusting the network parameters until it gives the classifications the team want. The network typically consists of 10 to 30 stacked layers of artificial neurons and each image is fed into the input layer, which then talks to the next layer, until eventually the 'output' layer is reached.
In doing this, the software builds up a idea of what it thinks an object looked like. In the 'generative adversarial network,' part of the network will attempt to fool the other part by inventing fake data, which will be mistaken for training data. DeepDream was originally developed to give scientists and engineers a peek into what a deep neural network is seeing when it looks at an image. However, it later become used to create bizarre, nightmare-like psychedelic and abstract art - like what was created using Bob Ross's tv show.
However, it later become used to create bizarre, nightmare-like psychedelic and abstract art. The tool was built by Realmac Software based in Brighton and is only available for Mac users. The video shows a segment with Ross painting his iconic happy trees, but instead of seeing fluffy green bushels, viewers are presented with bug-eyed creatures on the canvas pictured. Google trained an artificial neural network by showing it millions of training examples and gradually adjusting the network parameters until it gives the classifications the team want.
Then the clip takes viewers to a farm where he pets what is supposed to be cute animals, but instead of a fluffy gerbil in his hands, it appears as if he is holding a creature that morphs from a monkey, to a lizard, to an eight-legged spider. Google trained an artificial neural network by showing it millions of training examples.
And the network's 'answer' comes from this final output layer. In doing this, the software builds up an idea of what it thinks an object looked like. Ross is standing in front of the canvas, but the neural network has transformed him into a creature of different animal heads. And his paintings become more bizarre as the clip rolls on. Instead of a scenic view of the mountains, lizards, bugs and other animals fill the canvas. The algorithm created by the team is making photographs of famous landmarks appear like something out of a horror film.
MIT researcher have created their own nightmare machine and turned famous landmarks appear like something out of a horror film. The DeepDream algorithm transfers a photograph of the Eiffel Tower in Paris to a horror scene, in a style called 'Fright Night', according to the website.
The two main techniques used in the project, style transfer and generative adversarial networks, were published in papers last year. The network's 'answer' comes from this final output layer. A normal photograph of St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow is pictured left.
The image on the right shows the photograph of the cathedral after it has been transformed into a scary picture using artificial intelligence. The Nightmare Machine team is making photographs of famous landmarks appear scary. New York city after an alien invasion, according to the Google Deep Dream algorithm, is pictured.
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