By Anil Seth (ed.)

Are all of us on the mercy of our mind chemistry? Do you're thinking that the amygdala and the hippocampus are fantastical sea monsters? What can an MRI test let us know? may perhaps you clarify to dinner-party site visitors why we do not snort once we tickle ourselves? 30-Second mind is right here to fill your brain with the technology of precisely what is occurring inside of your head. utilizing not more that pages, three hundred phrases, and a unmarried photo, this is often the fastest option to comprehend the wiring and serve as of the main advanced and complex mechanism within the human physique. observe how the networks of ninety billion nerve cells interact to supply belief, motion, cognition, and emotion. discover how your mind defines your character, and what it will get as much as if you are asleep. Illustrated with mind-bending images and supported through biographies of pioneers within the box of neuroscience, it is the publication to get your grey topic brooding about your grey matter.


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Recent studies suggest that the way the bees interact to make decisions closely resembles the way neurons in the human brain interact to make decisions. This comparison gives us a feel for the dramatically enhanced abilities of the human brain compared with the bee brain. But it also instils in me a sense of wonder about what humans can achieve as a group. A group of bees working together can achieve abilities resembling those of a single human brain. Imagine an entity containing the power of multiple, interacting human brains.

Put simply, this means that in order to perceive something, the brain must be able to self-generate corresponding perception-like states from the ‘top down’. If this is true, it means each of our perceptual worlds depends on our own individual imaginative abilities. RELATED BRAINPOWER THE BASIC ARCHITECTURE OF THE BRAIN THE IMAGINING BRAIN THE SCHIZOPHRENIC BRAIN 3-SECOND BIOGRAPHIES THOMAS BAYES 1701–61 British theologian and philosopher credited with formulating the basic logic of what is now known as Bayes’ theorem HERMANN VON HELMHOLTZ 1821–94 German physiologist and physicist who formulated the principle of ‘perception as inference’, and was also the first to measure the speed of electrical impulses in nerves 30-SECOND TEXT Anil Seth Less ‘what you see is what you get’, more ‘what you get is what you see’.

Messages are sent to other neurons via long, slender fibres – called axons – in coded patterns of electrical spikes (nerve impulses). 1 volt and lasts one- to two-thousandths of a second, hurtling along axons at up to 480 kph (300 mph). Arriving at a synapse, impulses trigger the release of signalling chemicals called neurotransmitters. These alter the pattern of spikes generated by the receiving neuron. And that is basically how the brain works. Well, not quite. Neurons work properly only if bathed in the right blend of chemicals.

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