The following is a list of brain-related books i continuously research. They are presented in no particular order.
Matlab for Neuroscientists: An Introduction to Scientific Computing in Matlab (PDF)
Pascal Wallisch , Michael Lusignan , Marc Benayoun , Tanya I. Baker , Adam Seth Dickey & Nicho Hatsopoulos, Academic Press; 1 edition, 2008.
Rhythms of the Brain
By Gyorgy Buzsaki. Oxford University Press, 2006.
How did our brains evolve, and what makes them work? Dr. Buzsaki looks into how coordinated neuronal firing developed and hypothesizes that it plays a large role in the brain’s many functions, including information processing and retrieval.
The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Sharon Begley, Harper Perennial, 2003.
Schwartz (A Return to Innocence), a UCLA psychiatrist and expert on treating patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), teams up with Begley, a Wall Street Journal science columnist, to explore the mind/brain dichotomy and to discuss the science behind new treatments being developed for a host of brain dysfunctions. Building on the work presented in Schwartz’s first book, Brain Lock, the authors begin by demonstrating that OCD patients are capable of rechanneling compulsive urges into more socially acceptable activities and that, by doing so, they actually alter their brains’ neuronal circuitry. By presenting a wide array of animal and human experiments, Schwartz and Begley show that similar neuroplasticity is possible in stroke victims, often leading to a return of function previously thought impossible. The medical results and treatments they summarize are exciting and deserve widespread attention. In a chapter entitled “Free Will and Free Won’t,” the authors turn to the philosophical, examining the implications neuroplasticity might have on the differences between mind and brain; they also discourse on the existence of free will. Unfortunately, their integration of quantum mechanics and Buddhism into a search for a mechanism to explain the patterns scientists have been discovering is too superficial to fully engage readers. Nonetheless, a great deal in this book is sure to motivate discussion and more research.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
By Oliver Sacks. Touchstone, 1985.
Endorsed by nearly one-third of the responding Dana Alliance members. Dr. Sacks uses a patient-centered approach to explore neurological disorders including visual agnosia, aphasia, and Korsakoff’s syndrome (an inability to form new memories).
The Dana Guide to Brain Health: A Practical Family Reference from Medical Experts
Edited by Floyd Bloom, M. Flint Beal, and David J. Kupfer. Dana Press, 2006.
Dana’s practical reference guide offers information on the brain through life, specific diseases and disorders, normal brain processes, learning and memory, and emotions and behavior.
Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
By V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee. HarperPerennial, 1999.
Dr. Ramachandran and Ms. Blakeslee investigate neurological oddities, from hallucinations to phantom limbs. Such strange cases lead to more-general conclusions about the brain’s circuitry and plasticity.
Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome
By Nancy Andreasen. Oxford University Press, 2001, 2004.
Dr. Andreasen discusses the causes and effects of schizophrenia, manic depression, anxiety disorders, and dementia in the context of the overlapping fields of genetics and neurobiology. The intersection of these fields could improve our understanding of the mechanisms behind the disorders and lead to new methods of treatment.
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
By John Ratey. Little, Brown, 2008.
Exercise not only tones the body, it also benefits the brain. In this guide, Dr. Ratey details the many ways in which physical activity is advantageous to brain processes—for example, it can stimulate the production of neurons, help ward off dementia, and improve mood. The book also gives tips on how to take charge of your exercise regime.
Oliver Sacks The Mind’s Eye Knopf, 2010.
Sacks, famous for combining his knowledge as a physician and his compassion for human stories of coping with neurological disorders, offers case histories of six individuals adjusting to major changes in their vision. A renowned pianist has lost the ability to read music scores and must cope with the fear of an ever-shrinking life as her vision worsens. A prolific writer develops “word blindness” and is unable to read even what he himself writes, forcing him to develop memory books in his mind, adaptations that he later incorporates into his fiction writing. Sacks recalls his own struggle to cope with a tumor in his eye that left him unable to perceive depth. He includes diary entries and drawings of his harrowing experience. Sacks, author of the acclaimed Musicophilia (2007), among other titles, combines neurobiology, psychology, and psychiatry in this riveting exploration of how we use our vision to perceive and understand the world and our place in it and how our brains teach us to “see” those things we need to lead a complete, fulfilled life. –Vanessa Bus
Brain: The Complete Mind by Michael S. Sweeney and Richard Restak
Michael S. Sweeney, National Geographic, 2009.
Did you know that listening to music tunes up your brain? Or that certain foods can help maintain mental fitness? Or that exercise can keep both body and mind in good shape? Delving into the science behind these strategies, Brain goes even deeper to reveal the brain’s inner workings.
Overseen by distinguished neuropsychiatrist Dr. Richard Restak, Brainis both a practical owner’s manual and a complete guide to the brain’s development and function. Its pages explore not only the brain’s physical form—its 100 billion nerve cells and near-infinite network of synapses—but also its interactions that regulate every thought and action. Brainfeatures the latest discoveries about improving and optimizing mental acuity right alongside sidebars on breakthrough moments in neuroscience. Explained here also are the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of the brain, addressed in accessible, engaging language.
Combining the latest advances in our understanding of the mind-body connection and ongoing research into such diseases as dementia, depression, and PTSD, Brainis an indispensable guide to mens sana in corpore sano—at every stage of life.
Cerebrum 2009: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science by
Dana Press and Thomas R. Insel MD, Dana Press, 2009
Cerebrum 2010: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science
Dana Press and Benjamin S. Carson Sr. M.D. Dana Press. 2010