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How the Brain Works

How the Brain Works
What Psychology Students Need to Know

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December 2023 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Delve into the intricacies of the human mind with this engaging and insightful guide to how the brain works.

Written in a playful style and beautifully illustrated, this book is designed to support you as you embark on the beginning of your psychology degree. It provides an accessible guide to how the brain’s structures and functions determine how the mind works, and how this fits into the bigger picture of our evolution and biology as a species.

From focus boxes that delve into specific topics to entertaining puzzles that bring the subject to life, this book will captivate your imagination while building your understanding of biological and cognitive psychology.

This is an essential read for undergraduate psychology students.  

Michael S.C. Thomas is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London.

Simon Green is a Chartered Psychologist and retired Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London.

Chapter 1: Introduction (and some puzzles)
Chapter 2: Where the brain comes from: evolution
Chapter 3: What are the bits of the brain and what together do they do?
Chapter 4: How does a neuron work?
Chapter 5: The brain is a computer, obviously
Chapter 6: The brain is a biological organ, not a computer
Chapter 7: How it gets to work this way: development and learning
Chapter 8: Working better, working worse, working different
Chapter 9: Humans apart
Chapter 10: Saving the planet
Chapter 11: Conclusion (and answers to those puzzles)


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Check out the authors’ website for more material for How the Brain Works: supporting material, references, expansions, and the jokes our editor wouldn’t let us include.

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