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DeSalle, Rob
The brain : big bangs, behaviors, and beliefs / Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall ; illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  BF311 .D466 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Cognition
Neurophysiology
Brain -- Evolution
Evolutionary psychology
Physical Description xiv, 354 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-336) and index
Contents The nature of science : our brains at work -- The nitty-gritty of the nervous system -- Hanging our brains on the tree of life -- Making sense of senses -- Processing information -- Emotions and memory -- Brain evodevo -- Words and music by- -- Decisions, behaviors, and beliefs -- The human brain and cognitive evolution
Summary "Tapping the very latest findings in evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and molecular biology, Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall explain how the cognitive gulf that separates us from all other living creatures could have occurred. They discuss the development and uniqueness of human consciousness, how human and nonhuman brains work, the roles of different nerve cells, the importance of memory and language in brain functions, and much more. Our brains, they conclude, are the product of a lengthy and supremely untidy history--an evolutionary process of many zigs and zags--that has accidentally resulted in a splendidly eccentric and creative product." -- Provided by publisher
Alternate Author Tattersall, Ian

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