This text charts how human behaviour and culture have been moulded by the landscape of the brain. It shows how our personalities reflect the biological mechanisms underlying thought and emotion and how behavioural eccentricities can be traced to abnormalities in the geography of a brain.
The 1st illustrated guide to the new science of the brain, combining anecdote, science and cutting edge images of the brain at work, in a cross between Oliver Sacks and Man Watching. The latest brain scan reveal our thoughts, memories- even our moods. You can watch a persons brain light up as a joke is registered and see fear generated. Mapping the Mind shows how these findings can be used as a basis for explaining aspects of our culture and behaviour, and how behavioural eccentricities can be traced to abnormalities in the geography of an individual brain: autism appears to be a breakdown in the are of the brain that governs empathy, dyslexia may be caused by a short circuit in the messages converting sound to visual cues. Then the structural differences in male and female brains, and the extroadinary pre-birth moulding which creates them, are explored as we begin to discover what makes us as we are.