The Genius Engine

The Genius Engine

Where Memory, Reason, Passion, Violence and Creativity Intersect in the Human Brain

Book - 2007
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WILEY
Embarking on a spellbinding journey to the frontiers of neuroscience, acclaimed science editor and writer Kathleen Stein takes an enthralling in-depth look at the prefrontal cortex, the site of our working memory, impulse control, reason, perception, decision making, and emotional processing—all the things that comprise our human genius.


Baker & Taylor
Although other primates and many other animals have working memory, the human brain gives our species a unique ability to reason, remember and build models of the future. Our brain-specifically, the prefrontal cortex-defines our prevailing spirit, distinctive character, talent, aptitude and inclination. Our genius. In The Genius Engine, Kathleen Stein investigates the wonders of our prefrontal cortex, or PFC. Drawing on her decades of experience as a science and technology editor and writer, she deftly explains how the PFC gives us the special flexibility to update information from moment to moment and to make long-range plans; how it controls our artistic and athletic intelligence; and how it determines our moral compass. She delves into the mundane and often taken-for-granted capacities of the PFC-such as multitasking, humor and empathy-and probes the social problems caused by a dysfunctional PFC. Examining how the PFC orchestrates our entire mental universe, The Genius Engine shows why some individuals are hardwired to be dark and brooding and why little laughs are evolution®s way of encouraging us to do some light cognitive calisthenics. It also explores how we can expand the PFC®s capacities, demonstrating how the preschool television show Blue®s Clues helps children develop their memory and how bilingualism enhances a child®s working memory and control processes.

Book News
Veteran popularizer of science and technology Stein reveals the secret bunker of humanness to be in the prefrontal cortex. She looks in turn at the five aspects, then considers silicon minds and the rise of the machine genius. In addition to describing scientific theories and findings in plain English, she explores the research processes that led to them, and provides scenarios demonstrating the different functions. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Ingram Publishing Services
Embarking on a spellbinding journey to the frontiers of neuroscience, acclaimed science editor and writer Kathleen Stein takes an enthralling in-depth look at the prefrontal cortex, the site of our working memory, impulse control, reason, perception, decision making, and emotional processing—all the things that comprise our human genius.


Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2007
Description: xi, 292 p
ISBN: 9780471262398
0471262390
Branch Call Number: 612.825 Ste

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