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Trees of the brain, roots of the mind / Giorgio A. Ascoli.

By: Ascoli, Giorgio A [author.]Material type: TextTextPublisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The MIT Press, [2015]Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 232 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780262329026; 0262329026; 9780262329033; 0262329034Subject(s): Neural circuitry | Neural networks (Neurobiology) | Neural transmission | Mind and body | Brain | Signal Transduction | Mental Processes | Neurosciences | Anatomy | Nervous System Physiological Phenomena | Psychological Theory | Electrophysiological Phenomena | Central Nervous System | Psychological Phenomena and Processes | Biochemical Phenomena | Physiological Phenomena | Nervous System | Biological Science Disciplines | Cell Physiological Phenomena | Psychiatry and Psychology | Natural Science Disciplines | Chemical Phenomena | Musculoskeletal and Neural Physiological Phenomena | Phenomena and Processes | Disciplines and Occupations | Synaptic Transmission | Theory of Mind | Brain | Neuroanatomy | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Physical | SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Neuroscience | Brain | Mind and body | Neural circuitry | Neural networks (Neurobiology) | Neural transmission | BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES/General | COGNITIVE SCIENCES/General | NEUROSCIENCE/GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic book. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Trees of the brain, roots of the mindDDC classification: 573.8/5 LOC classification: 8QP363.3 | .A83 2015ebNLM classification: 2015 E-925 | WL 300Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Reality, the world, the brain, and the mind -- Neuron trees and network forests -- Transmitting and processing information -- Activity patterns and mental states -- Learning from experience -- The capability of acquiring new knowledge -- Neurobotanical gardens -- Neuron types -- Brain branching and the universe.
Summary: "The human brain is often described as the most complex object in the universe. Tens of billions of nerve cells-tiny tree-like structures--make up a massive network with enormous computational power. In this book, Giorgio Ascoli reveals another aspect of the human brain: the stunning beauty of its cellular form. Doing so, he makes a provocative claim about the mind-brain relationship. If each nerve cell enlarged a thousandfold looks like a tree, then a small region of the nervous system at the same magnified scale resembles a gigantic, fantastic forest. This structural majesty--illustrated throughout the book with extraordinary color images--hides the secrets behind the genesis of our mental states. Ascoli proposes that some of the most intriguing mysteries of the mind can be solved using the basic architectural principles of the brain. After an overview of the scientific and philosophical foundations of his argument, Ascoli links mental states with patterns of electrical activity in nerve cells, presents an emerging minority opinion of how the brain learns from experience, and unveils a radically new hypothesis of the mechanism determining what is learned, what isn't, and why. Finally, considering these notions in the context of the cosmic diversity within and among brains, Ascoli offers a new perspective on the roots of individuality and humanity"--MIT CogNet.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Reality, the world, the brain, and the mind -- Neuron trees and network forests -- Transmitting and processing information -- Activity patterns and mental states -- Learning from experience -- The capability of acquiring new knowledge -- Neurobotanical gardens -- Neuron types -- Brain branching and the universe.

"The human brain is often described as the most complex object in the universe. Tens of billions of nerve cells-tiny tree-like structures--make up a massive network with enormous computational power. In this book, Giorgio Ascoli reveals another aspect of the human brain: the stunning beauty of its cellular form. Doing so, he makes a provocative claim about the mind-brain relationship. If each nerve cell enlarged a thousandfold looks like a tree, then a small region of the nervous system at the same magnified scale resembles a gigantic, fantastic forest. This structural majesty--illustrated throughout the book with extraordinary color images--hides the secrets behind the genesis of our mental states. Ascoli proposes that some of the most intriguing mysteries of the mind can be solved using the basic architectural principles of the brain. After an overview of the scientific and philosophical foundations of his argument, Ascoli links mental states with patterns of electrical activity in nerve cells, presents an emerging minority opinion of how the brain learns from experience, and unveils a radically new hypothesis of the mechanism determining what is learned, what isn't, and why. Finally, considering these notions in the context of the cosmic diversity within and among brains, Ascoli offers a new perspective on the roots of individuality and humanity"--MIT CogNet.

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