Table of Contents

Primer: Our Human Brain Was Not Designed All at Once by a Genius Inventor on a Blank Sheet of Paper

David J. Linden 

Science Is an Ongoing Process, Not a Belief System

William B. Kristan, Jr., and Kathleen A. French 

Genetics Provides a Window on Human Individuality

Jeremy Nathans 19

Though the Brain Has Billions of Neurons, Wiring It All Up MayDepend upon Very Simple Rules

Alex L. Kolodkin 

From Birth Onward, Our Experience of the World Is Dominated by the Brain’s Continual Conversation with Itself

Sam Wang

Children’s Brains Are Different

Amy Bastian

Your Twelve-Year-Old Isn’t Just Sprouting New Hair but Is AlsoForming (and Being Formed by) New Neural Connections

Linda Wilbrecht 

How We Use Our Brain Can Change Its Basic Structural Organization

Melissa Lau and Hollis Cline 

Tool Use Can Instantly Change the Brain

Alison Barth 60

Life Experiences and Addictive Drugs Change Your Brain in Similar Ways

Julie Kauer 

Like It or Not, the Brain Grades on a Curve

Indira M. Raman 

The Brain Achieves Its Computational Power through a Massively Parallel Architecture

Liqun Luo 

The Brain Harbors Many Neurotransmitters

Solomon H. Snyder

The Eye Knows What Is Good for Us

Aniruddha Das

You Have a Superpower—It’s Called Vision

Charles E. Connor 

The Sense of Taste Encompasses Two Roles: Conscious Taste Perception and Subconscious Metabolic Responses

Paul A. S. Breslin 

It Takes an Ensemble of Strangely Shaped Nerve Endings to Build a Touch

David D. Ginty 

The Bane of Pain Is Plainly in the Brain

Allan Basbaum 

Time’s Weird in the Brain—That’s a Good Thing, and Here’s Why

Marshall G. Hussain Shuler and Vijay M. K. Namboodiri 

Electrical Signals in the Brain Are Strangely Comprehensible

David Foster 

A Comparative Approach Is Imperative for the Understanding of Brain Function

Cynthia F. Moss 

The Cerebellum Learns to Predict the Physics of Our Movements

Scott T. Albert and Reza Shadmehr 

Neuroscience Can Show Us a New Way to Rehabilitate Brain Injury: The Case of Stroke

John W. Krakauer 

Almost Everything You Do Is a Habit

Adrian M. Haith 

Interpreting Information in Voice Requires Brain Circuits for Emotional Recognition and Expression

Darcy B. Kelley 

Mind Reading Has Emerged at Least Twice in the Course of Evolution

Gül Dölen 

We Are Born to Help Others

Peggy Mason 201

Intense Romantic Love Uses Subconscious Survival Circuits in the Brain

Lucy L. Brown 

Human Sexual Orientation Is Strongly Influenced by Biological Factors

David J. Linden 

Deep Down, You Are a Scientist

Yael Niv 

Studying Monkey Brains Can Teach Us about Advertising

Michael Platt 

Beauty Matters in Ways We Know and in Ways We Don’t

Anjan Chatterjee 

“Man Can Do What He Wants, but He Cannot Will What He Wants”

Scott M. Sternson 

The Brain Is Overrated

Asif A. Ghazanfar 

Dopamine Made You Do It

Terence Sejnowski 

The Human Brain, the True Creator of Everything, Cannot Be Simulated by Any Turing Machine

Miguel A. L. Nicolelis 

There Is No Principle That Prevents Us from Eventually Building Machines That Think

Michael D. Mauk 


 © David J. Linden 2013