HYPERION Books, New York, 1995
Brainscapes is the first in a series of books to be published by Hyperion in conjunction with Discover magazine concerning the central issues of modern science.
In this concise, authoritative, and fascinating guided tour, Richard Restak, noted neurologist and author of the bestselling The Brain, leads readers to one of the final and most exciting frontiers of human biology, the brain, and offers a state-of-the-art report on the startling advances neuroscience has made in discovering its complex workings and remarkable capacities.
Brainscapes illuminates the structure and components of the brain; how it operates consciously and unconsciously; how brain cells communicate with one another and with other parts of the body; the astonishing progress being made in pharmacology to control neurotransmitters and thus modify personality, behavior, and emotion; the genetic underpinnings of many neurological disorders; how technology is providing revolutionary new ways to study parts of the brain; how environmental toxins may be responsible for a number of neurological diseases; and how our new understanding of the brain will affect our perceptions of everything from personality to notions of morality.
Brainscapes is an ideal introduction for the lay reader to the source of all that makes us human, written by one "of the world's most important scientific thinkers." -(Scientific American)