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Thinking about the Brain

Larry W. Swanson

in Brain Architecture

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195378580
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199965120 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195378580.003.1011
Thinking about the Brain

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The brain is the organ that controls the nervous system, which in turn controls the rest of the body. Bodily responses are either with the external world, and involve thinking or cognition, or with the internal viscera and involve feeling or affect. There are many approaches to understanding how the brain works, but they all share one thing in common at the very core—the physical brain itself, and this book focuses on the general organizing principles of its structural organization. Historically, the organizing principle that stands out above all others is localization of function, based ultimately on a structure-function understanding of the basic wiring diagram of the nervous system.

Chapter.  1873 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Development of the Nervous System

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