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Author Stein, Kathleen, 1944-

Title The genius engine : where memory, reason, passion, violence and creativity intersect in the human brain / Kathleen Stein
Published Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, [2007]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  612.825 Ste/Gew  AVAILABLE
Description xi, 292 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Memory: the DNA of consciousness -- Reason: logic, laughter and looking within -- Passion: in cold blood? -- Violence: morality and the minds of the killers -- Creativity: art as a window into the brain -- Silicon minds: the rise of machine genius
Summary "In The Genius Engine, Kathleen Stein investigates the wonders of our prefrontal cortex, or PFC. Drawing on her decades of experience as a science and technology editor and writer, she deftly explains how the PFC gives us the special flexibility to update information from moment to moment and to make long-range plans; how it controls our artistic and athletic intelligence; and how it determines our moral compass. She delves into the mundane and often taken-for-granted capacities of the PFC - such as multitasking, humor, and empathy - and probes the social problems caused by a dysfunctional PFC."
"Examining how the PFC orchestrates our entire mental universe, The Genius Engine shows why some individuals are hardwired to be dark and brooding and why little laughs are evolution's way of encouraging us to do some light cognitive calisthenics. It also explores how we can expand the PFC's capacities, demonstrating how the preschool television show Blue's Clues helps children develop their memory and how bilingualism enhances a child's working memory and control processes." "Taking us to the forefront of neuroscience, The Genius Engine provides a look into the area of our brain that defines what it means to be human - the part that gives us not only our agile intelligence but also our emotions, morality, and rules of social conduct."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Prefrontal cortex.
Prefrontal Cortex -- physiology.
LC no. 2006033566
ISBN 0471262390 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780471262398 (cloth : alk. paper)