In your journey of exploring the brain especially as an undergraduate student or a brain enthusiast in general, you need a great and helpful guide that will introduce you to the most basic details of your brain to the most intricate ones in a way that you will find interesting and get to understand as well.
Wondering where to get such a guide? Well, the book, “Neuroscience : Exploring the Brain” makes the perfect fit in that area.
The book will be useful to you because it provides information on the brain in a detailed and interesting way, covering all the areas you need to familiarize yourself with to know a good deal about your brain.
Inside this Exploring The Brain book review, I will be helping you understand the most essential areas of the book like the gist of it, some more meat of the book, comparison with another great book on the topic, the pro’s and con’s, customer reviews, video reviews on it, who the book is for, where best to buy it and my final thoughts on the book.
Name : Neuroscience : Exploring the Brain, 4e
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Author: Mark F. Bear, Barry Connors, Mike Paradiso
Language : English
Genre: Self Help Book
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date : March 1, 2015
The Gist Of The Book
This is a book that takes a fresh, contemporary approach to the whole study of neuroscience to help students learn and understand the biology of the brain and the systems that underlie behavior.
What’s special about the new fourth edition is that it has been fully updated to reflect advancements in the field, while keeping the student in mind by being student friendly all the while including additional animations, great new illustrations and amazing online resources.
The authors of this book are Mark F. Bear, Barry Connors and Mike Paradiso.
Starting with Dr. Mark Bear, he served as Director of The Picower Institute from 2007 to 2009 and is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
He was on the faculty of Brown University School of Medicine for 17 years and after obtaining his B.S. degree from Duke University, he pushed for his Ph.D. degree in neurobiology at Brown.
His laboratory is mainly focused on how the brain is altered by experience and he uses numerous methods all with an aim to understand the brain and behaviour in great depth.
On the other hand, Barry Connors is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and his research interests include synapses, circuits in the cerebral cortex and thalamus and the functions of cells.
Lastly, Michael A. Paradiso is the founding director of the Centre for Vision Research at Brown University and is an American neuroscientist.
He is currently the Sidney A. Fox and Dorothea Doctors Fox Professor.
I believe you can see that these are 3 guys who are passionate about the brain and have got lots experience in this area.
Some More Meat of The Book
Allow me to mention a few things that you can expect from the book and then give you the chance to get deeper details of them as well as as the other topics discussed from the book itself.
The book’s primary goal is helping undergraduate students and other people interested in knowing more about the brain learn and understand the biology of the brain as well as the systems that come with different behaviors.
The book provides readers with new information on molecular mechanisms, circadian rhythms, functional brain imaging, brain development and great coverage of taste and smell.
The authors did a great job of providing wonderful diagrams, pictures, a great layout and interesting blurbs about discoveries and research that will really capture your interest in the topics.
Although the first few chapters of the book may seem familiar to students (maybe because they might have already been covered in other previous courses), the book has its own unique way of making you feel like you are reading it all for the first time.
I feel that the book will be useful in introducing you to the topics in other new topics in neuroscience, which you are going to find fascinating.
I am confident you are going to love it.
Who Is The Book For?
The book targets undergraduates that are interested in the neuroscience field of study. However, I feel that if you have a strong passion for increasing knowledge and understanding of your mind, this book can prove to be quite useful for you too.
Pros and Con’s of The Book
* The book is well written and the authors did a great job of explaining concepts in the simplest and easiest-to-understand way.
* The authors of the book did a great job of providing really detailed and in depth information on the topic.
* The book has great figures and illustrations which make understanding of concepts in the book smooth for the reader.
* The authors are experts in the area. This puts them in a great position to provide credible information for readers.
* The book requires a lot of time to read. This is because the book is quite lengthy and detailed. But, to me it is all worth it because it covers different topics in great depth.
My advice to you is, you give yourself time to read and understand the book. I would say you give yourself a couple of months to finish it and be reading a few pages per day.
Exploring The Brain Vs Principles of Neural Science by Eric Kandel, James H. Schwartz, and Thomas Jessell
Principles of Neural Science is another book that guides readers through understanding the brain.
Although the content in these two books is slightly different, both books are useful in helping you understand the brain.
So I do recommend a combination of both books.
Customer Reviews on The Book
I looked through a couple of reviews from people who had bought the book and this is what they said:
* A reader said that the book is an excellent textbook and that it is actually a pleasure to read.
* Another reader said that the book is a great book for general neuroscience courses.
* There was also another reader that said the book will make learning functioning of brain, neuroanatomy and physiology much more enjoyable and easy for the reader.
* Another reader said that the book is both impressive and comprehensive.
* Another reader said that the book is an excellent text for an undergraduate level course.
On the negative side,
* There was a reader that said the chapters of the book are really long and take a while to get through. (Just as I had said)
Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive video review on the book. But here is what a quick related I found giving you the overall view of the book.
Where Best To Order Your Copy
Exploring The Brain Book is available on a lot of platforms but the best place I recommend you to buy the book is on www.amazon.com because it offers a lot of benefits for book lovers like you such as:
* Free access to prime reading
* Free shipping for print book
* No extra cost once you get one kindle first ebook a month
* Free access to audible channels and so much more
As I conclude this review I would like you to remember that from the book you will learn important information on the brain that will go a long way in increasing your knowledge on neuroscience.
This includes topics like:
My Personal Thoughts on The Book
This book has a lot to offer to its readers. It has a lot of great information especially for people interested in the field of the brain.
For this reason, I recommend that any person who falls in the enthusiasts’ group to read the book.
The information in the book requires you to take time with it and allow yourself to digest the information in it because although simple, it can be complex if you don’t read it with keen attention.
And that is all about this book.
Another book I recommend you to read is Drawing on the right side of the brain.
If you have any questions, concerns and comments about this book, always feel free to ask below and I will surely help you out to the best of my ability.
I wish you a happy brain exploration! 🙂