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Medical Layman's brain-book suggestion

  1. May 3, 2006 #1

    chroot

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm looking for a gift for my sister. She's educated, but not a biologist. She wants a book about the brain and memory, specifically with some focus on the learning process. She's a musician and an educator, so she'd like to learn more about how different kinds of learning happen (including, for example, phenomena like muscle memory).

    Does anyone have any book suggestions?

    Thanks,

    - Warren
     
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  3. May 4, 2006 #2

    hypnagogue

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    Perhaps not exactly what you're looking for, but Eric Kandel's new book In Search of Memory might be a good fit.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/03...f=pd_bbs_1/102-9107198-6875311?_encoding=UTF8
     
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  4. May 4, 2006 #3

    siddharth

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    Phantoms in the Brain by V. S. Ramachandran might fit as well. I particularly liked the way he performed simple experiments to check the theories he talks about.

     
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  5. May 4, 2006 #4
    I was about to recommend the same when I initially read the post, but I felt that it wasn't exactly what chroot was looking for. It is certainly one of the best layman's brain-book out there.
     
  6. May 4, 2006 #5

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    I think both of those books would be very interesting to her -- thanks for the suggestions so far! Does anyone have any others?

    - Warren
     
  7. May 5, 2006 #6

    Integral

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    It may be a streach but Douglas Hofstaters GEB, Godel, Esher, Bach- The Eternal Golden Braid Has a very good analogy of the brain. Since your sister is interested in art and music it hits home on 2 of the 3 main topics. He addresses the brain and much much more.
     
  8. May 6, 2006 #7
    I would never suggest GEB for starters....It is an amazing book - but only if you are already exposed to some simpler stuff. Phantoms in the Brain is what I would suggest someone first.
     
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