The Modular Brain
Restak (Richard)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. At age fifty-four, Derek suffered a stroke that left him temporarily unable to speak. A month later his speech returned, but he experienced the speech of others as "mumbling." Was Derek partially deaf? No: doctors discovered that he failed to hear only abstract words (such as idea or freedom). But Derek's reading comprehension and definition of abstract words was perfect; it was just hearing them that was impossible for him.
  2. Dr. Richard Restak employs fascinating cases such as this to explore the concept of the modular brain, a new frontier of the science of the mind. Derek's case and others like it suggest that spoken and written comprehension occur in separate areas of the brain; that the brain is not centrally organized as previously thought but, rather, different parts of the brain control different abilities, and these parts (or modules) operate independently.
  3. As Dr. Restak explains, this renders untenable the traditional distinction between mind and brain embodied in the two often competing disciplines of psychiatry and neurology. While most of us think of ourselves as having unified minds and personalities, important aspects of ourselves may be altered or disappear completely as a result of brain damage. What's more, all of the expressions of the mind — the exercise of free will, memory, knowledge, consciousness, identity, and selfhood — are now recognized as dependent on the brain
  4. Compelling case studies from his own clinical practice and research enliven Dr. Restak's explanation of how neuroscience is proposing answers to our questions about identity and consciousness, the same questions that philosophers have been asking for centuries.
  5. Richard M, Restak, M.D., a neurologist, is one of the nation's leading experts on the brain and serves on the advisory councils of the National Brain Tumor Foundation, the National Foundation for Brain Research, and the United States Congress-sponsored New Developments in Neuroscience Project. He is the author of The Brain and The Mind, which accompanied the PBS series of the same names, as well as The Brain: The Last Frontier and The Infant Mind. He lives in Washington, D.C.

BOOK COMMENT:

Sub-title: "How New Discoveries in Neuroscience are Answering Age-Old Questions about Memory, Free Will, Consciousness and Personal Identity"



"Restak (Richard) - The Modular Brain: Introduction"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Introduction



"Restak (Richard) - 'On the Organ of the Soul'"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 1



"Restak (Richard) - Doctor Mountcastle's Curiosity"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 2



"Restak (Richard) - 'A Power of Will'"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 3



"Restak (Richard) - An Existential Illness"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 4



"Restak (Richard) - 'Is a Bee Smaller Than a House?'"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 5



"Restak (Richard) - Time Stops for Mr. M"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 6



"Restak (Richard) - The Face That Launched a Thousand Slips"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 7



"Restak (Richard) - Becky and Lucy"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 8



"Restak (Richard) - The Alien Hand"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 9



"Restak (Richard) - The Flip of a Coin"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 10



"Restak (Richard) - The Papez Circuit"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 11



"Restak (Richard) - The Illness of Maurice Ravel"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 12



"Restak (Richard) - An Ant in the British Museum"

Source: Restak - The Modular Brain, 1994, Chapter 13



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