Meet the inhabitants of the brain in this reader-friendly introduction to what it is and how it works.
Residents include Frederick Foresight (the frontal cortex), Mayor of Cephalton-upon-Ridge, who is the 'big picture' person responsible for planning and decision-making; Sage Seahorse (the hippocampus), who has an astonishing memory for times, names and places; Annie Almond (the amygdala), the community's alarm system who is always on the alert; and many other fellow citizens. Each character is introduced and their appearance, role and key functions in the brain explained. The authors also show what happens when things go wrong in the brain, and illustrate the work using examples of classic clinical cases.
This book provides an immediate and entertaining way for anyone to gain a basic understanding or to refresh their knowledge of the inside workings of the brain.
Acknowledgements. Preface. Part One: A Community called Cephalton-upon-Ridge. 1. Introducing the Community and Characters of Cephalton-upon-Ridge. Part Two: The Cerebral Cortex. 2. Fredrick Foresight: the Frontal Lobes. 3. Rochelle Ringbond: the Cingulate Gyrus. 4. Dudley Doit: The Motor Cortex. 5. Cherry and Charles Chatterley: Broca's and Wernicke's Areas. 6. Melissa Mirrorwood: the Somatosensory Cortex. 7. Maurice Mapply: the Parietal Lobes. 8. Penelope Panorama: the Occipital Lobes. 9. Lilly Listentale: the Temporal Lobes. 10. Brenda Bridgehead: the Insula. Part Three: The Subcortex. 11. Chris Crosstalk: the Corpus Callosum. 12. Sage Seahorse: the Hippocampus. 13. Annie Almond: the Amygdala. 14. Priscilla Prizeman and Olivia Orgasma: the Nucleus Accumbens and Septal Nuclei. 15. Corrie O'Graphie: the Basal Ganglia. 16. Felicity Feelall: the Thalamus. 17. Uma Underbride and Horace Hormone: the Hypothalamus and Pituitary. Part Four: The Brain Stem, Cerebellum and Beyond. 18. Fay Faceandear and Sam Swallowtalk: the Pons and Medulla. 19. Frank Finesse: the Cerebellum. 20. Rosie Reaction and the Downtown Dream Team: the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and the Reticular Formation (RF). Part Five: The Community as a Whole. 21.Cephalton in Action: The Annual Ball. Glossary. The Authors. Index.