The Tell Tale Brain A Neuroscientist s Quest for What Makes Us Human

The Tell Tale Brain  A Neuroscientist s Quest for What Makes Us Human

The "Marco Polo of Neuroscience" traces the links between neurology and behavior and discusses how normal brain function evolves through the examination of several baffling and extreme case studies and describes a new direction for the ...

Author: V. S. Ramachandran

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393077827

Category: Psychology

Page: 357

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The "Marco Polo of Neuroscience" traces the links between neurology and behavior and discusses how normal brain function evolves through the examination of several baffling and extreme case studies and describes a new direction for the treatment of autism.
Categories: Psychology

The tell tale brain

The tell tale brain

Author: Vangipuram Seshachar Ramachandran


ISBN: 8184002076


Page: 357

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The Palgrave Handbook of Animals and Literature

The Palgrave Handbook of Animals and Literature

2003. Vitruvius: Writing the Body of Architecture. Cambridge, MA: MIT. McGinn, Colin. 2011. Can the Brain Explain Your Mind? Review of The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human by V. S. Ramachandran.

Author: Susan McHugh

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030397739

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 636

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This volume is the first comprehensive guide to current research on animals, animality, and human-animal relations in literature. To reflect the history of literary animal studies to date, its primary focus is literary prose and poetry in English, while also accommodating emergent discussions of the full range of media and contexts with which literary studies engages, especially film and critical theory. User-friendly language, references, even suggestions for further readings are included to help newcomers to the field understand how it has taken shape primarily through recent decades. To further aid teachers, sections are organized by conventions of periodization, and chapters address a range of canonical and popular texts. Bookended by sections devoted to the field’s conceptual foundations and new directions, the volume is designed to set an agenda for literary animal studies for decades to come.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe

The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe

Alan Richardson, “Defaulting to Fiction: Neuroscience Rediscovers the Romantic Imagination,” Poetics Today 32, no ... V. S. Ramachandran, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human (New York: Norton, 2011), xv ...

Author: J. Gerald Kennedy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190925086

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 776

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No American author of the early 19th century enjoys a larger international audience than Edgar Allan Poe. Widely translated, read, and studied, he occupies an iconic place in global culture. Such acclaim would have gratified Poe, who deliberately wrote for "the world at large" and mocked the provincialism of strictly nationalistic themes. Partly for this reason, early literary historians cast Poe as an outsider, regarding his dark fantasies as extraneous to American life and experience. Only in the 20th century did Poe finally gain a prominent place in the national canon. Changing critical approaches have deepened our understanding of Poe's complexity and revealed an author who defies easy classification. New models of interpretation have excited fresh debates about his essential genius, his subversive imagination, his cultural insight, and his ultimate impact, urging an expansive reconsideration of his literary achievement. Edited by leading experts J. Gerald Kennedy and Scott Peeples, this volume presents a sweeping reexamination of Poe's work. Forty-five distinguished scholars address Poe's troubled life and checkered career as a "magazinist," his poetry and prose, and his reviews, essays, opinions, and marginalia. The chapters provide fresh insights into Poe's lasting impact on subsequent literature, music, art, comics, and film and illuminate his radical conception of the universe, science, and the human mind. Wide-ranging and thought-provoking, this Handbook reveals a thoroughly modern Poe, whose timeless fables of peril and loss will continue to attract new generations of readers and scholars.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Selfless Constitution

The Selfless Constitution

Here public acceptability is not measured by publication alone but more pertinently by the usability of one's ... the work of neuroscientist VS Ramachandram (The TellTale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human (2010)), ...

Author: Stu Woolman

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9781920033798

Category: Law

Page: 582

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Do you possess 'freedom'-the will to do as you choose-as an individual, as a participant in social affairs or as a citizen in the political realm? Well, no. Not really. At least not as most of us understand a term loaded down with metaphysical baggage. Don't worry. You've got something better: a neurological system capable of carrying out the most complex analytical and computational tasks; membership in innumerable communities that provide you with huge stores of knowledge and wisdom; and a politico-constitutional order that ought to provide the material and the immaterial conditions that will enable you to pursue a life worth valuing. Drop the simplistic folk-psychology of unfettered freedom, whilst holding on to intentionality, and you might be inclined to adopt a set of social practices and political arrangements that enhance the chances that you and your compatriots will flourish. As many recent studies of consciousness reveal our neurological systems are complex feedback mechanisms designed to create myriad for trial and error and (if you survive) the production of new stores of knowledge. Individuals-comprised of numerous radically heterogeneous, naturally and socially determined selves-are always experimenting, attempting to divine through reflection and action, what 'works' best: even when 'best' means fully embracing who we already are. Choice architects, those persons charged with constructing the environments within which we operate daily, should (if responsible) regularly run experiments that attempt to eliminate biases, and ultimately, deliver norms that nudge us away from negative defaults toward more optimal ends. A constitutional democracy, made up of millions of radically heterogeneous, densely populated individuals, constantly strives to determine what works best for most of its many constituents. Because South Africa's Constitution states (at an extremely high level of generality) only some of the norms that govern our lives, it remains for citizens, representatives and judges to create doctrines and institutions that serve its capaciously framed ends best. After canvassing the relevant literature in neuroscience, empirical philosophy, behavioural psychology, social capital theory, development economics, and emergent experimental governance, this work suggests that manifold experiments in living that fall within the accepted parameters of our shared constitutional norms are likely, over time, to produce more optimal ways of being that can be replicated by other members of our polity. Our reflexive stance toward best practices-a linchpin of this book's take on experimental governance-when inextricably linked to a commitment to flourishing and to the expansion of individual capabilities, should cause us to alter the content of the fundamental norms that shape our lives and bind us to one another. A political order founded upon experimental constitutionalism and flourishing promises an egalitarian pluralist reformation of South African society. The book spins out its novel thesis against the concrete backdrop of political arrangements and judicial doctrines that have emerged during the first 20 years of our truly vibrant constitutional democracy. Its trenchant analysis of political institutions and constitutional case law shows us how far we have come, and how far we still have to go.
Categories: Law

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery Sam Kean ... Ramachandran, V. S. The tell-tale brain: a neuroscientist's quest for what makes us human. New York: W. W. Norton, 2011.

Author: Sam Kean

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316242257

Category: Science

Page: 416

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The author of the bestseller The Disappearing Spoon reveals the secret inner workings of the brain through strange but true stories. Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike -- strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents -- and see how victims coped. In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. Parents suddenly couldn't recognize their own children. Pillars of the community became pathological liars. Some people couldn't speak but could still sing. In The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, Sam Kean travels through time with stories of neurological curiosities: phantom limbs, Siamese twin brains, viruses that eat patients' memories, blind people who see through their tongues. He weaves these narratives together with prose that makes the pages fly by, to create a story of discovery that reaches back to the 1500s and the high-profile jousting accident that inspired this book's title. With the lucid, masterful explanations and razor-sharp wit his fans have come to expect, Kean explores the brain's secret passageways and recounts the forgotten tales of the ordinary people whose struggles, resilience, and deep humanity made neuroscience possible.
Categories: Science

Some Wine and Honey for Simon

Some Wine and Honey for Simon

V. S. Ramachandran, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human (New York: Norton, 2011) 12–14. 269. C. Gaser and G. Schlaug, “Brain Structures Differ between Musicians and Non-Musicians,” Journal of ...

Author: A. Joseph Ferrara

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532692987

Category: Religion

Page: 278

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This volume celebrates the life and work of the late Simon B. Parker (1940-2006), the Harrell F. Beck Scholar of Hebrew Scripture at the School of Theology and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston University. Contributors Edward L. Greenstein Mark S. Smith Karel van der Toorn Steve A. Wiggins N. Wyatt Katheryn Pfisterer Darr David Marcus Herbert B. Huffmon Bernard F. Batto Tim Koch F. W. Dobbs-Allsopp Amy Limpitlaw
Categories: Religion

Neuroscience for Leaders

Neuroscience for Leaders

... 30(3), pp 519–37 Ramachandran, VS (2011) The Tell-Tale Brain: A neuroscientist's quest for what makes us human, WW Norton, New York Ridley, M (1997) The Origins of Virtue: Human instincts and the evolution of cooperation, Penguin, ...

Author: Nikolaos Dimitriadis

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN: 9781789662153

Category: Business & Economics


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Unlock your potential with the latest neuroscientific insights and succeed as a leader in complex business environments. As understanding of neuroscience increases, it is better understood how scientific insights can be applied to develop and enhance leadership. Neuroscience for Leaders captures the most up-to-date and important findings in neuroscience and links these to the business world. This guide offers a simple framework to put these principles into practice to make better decisions, take the right actions and find faster solutions. Now in its second edition, this book presents a comprehensive approach to leading people and organizations based on academic research. The authors' 'Brain Adaptive Leadership' approach offers a step-by-step guide to enhancing the way leaders think, understanding and nurturing emotions, shaping automated brain responses and developing dynamic relationships. Examples, activities and practical suggestions are all designed to be clear and engaging. Neuroscience for Leaders is the essential guide for leaders who are ready to gain the business advantage scientifically.
Categories: Business & Economics

Thinking with the Dancing Brain

Thinking with the Dancing Brain

V. S. Ramachandran, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human (New York: W. W. Norton, 2011). 4. Torkel Klingberg, The Learning Brain: Memory and Brain Development in Children (Oxford, UK: Oxford University ...

Author: Sandra C. Minton

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781475812527

Category: Education

Page: 188

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As seasoned dancers and dance educators, Minton and Faber approach brain function from inside the body as embodiment of thought. Their collection of neurological research about the thought processes in learning and performing dance encompasses a vision of dance as creative art, communication, education, and life. The book informs neuroscientists, educators, and dancers about the complex interdependence of brain localities and networking of human neurology through an integration of physiology, cognition, and the art of dance. Chapters address observation, engagement, critical thought, emotion, memory, imagery and imagination, learning, problem solving, and 21st century skills. Finer components are explored through neurological networks, classroom pedagogy, dance, and movement experiences that provide: Description of the thought processes, their components, and their neurological functional needs. The neurological physiology that has been discovered in the cognitive process. How brain function can be applied to the educational classroom. Applications of the neurological research to dance education, the choreographic process, and dance performance. Movement explorations for readers to experience the thought processes through dance with neurological knowledge in mind.
Categories: Education

How to Be Happy at Work

How to Be Happy at Work

Much of this research is done in the field of neuroscience, including the groundbreaking work of Vilayanur Ramachandran, summarized well in V. S. Ramachandran, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human ...

Author: Annie McKee

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 9781633696815

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Life's too short to be unhappy at work "I'm working harder than I ever have, and I don't know if it's worth it anymore." If you're a manager or leader, these words have probably run through your mind. So many of us are feeling fed up, burned out, and unhappy at work: the constant pressure and stress, the unending changes, the politics--people feel as though they can't give much more, and performance is suffering. But it's work, after all, right? Should we even expect to be fulfilled and happy at work? Yes, we should, says Annie McKee, coauthor of the bestselling Primal Leadership. In her new transformative book, she makes the most compelling case yet that happiness--and the full engagement that comes with it--is more important than ever in today's workplace, and she sheds new light on the powerful relationship of happiness to individual, team, and organizational success. Based on extensive research and decades of experience with leaders, this book reveals that people must have three essential elements in order to be happy at work: A sense of purpose and the chance to contribute to something bigger than themselves A vision that is powerful and personal, creating a real sense of hope Resonant, friendly relationships With vivid and moving real-life stories, the book shows how leaders can use these powerful pillars to create and sustain happiness even when they're under pressure. By emphasizing purpose, hope, and friendships they can also ensure a healthy, positive climate for their teams and throughout the organization. How to Be Happy at Work deepens our understanding of what it means to be truly fulfilled and effective at work and provides clear, practical advice and instruction for how to get there--no matter what job you have.
Categories: Business & Economics