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By D. F. Swaab

A brilliant cross-section of what makes us human.

Based on part a decade of groundbreaking study, We Are Our Brains is a sweeping biography of the human mind, from infancy to maturity to previous age. popular neuroscientist D. F. Swaab takes us on a guided travel of the difficult internal workings that verify our strength, our barriers, and our wants, with each one bankruptcy serving as an eye-opening window on a distinct mind degree: the gender adjustments that boost within the embryonic mind, what is going on within the heads of children, how parenthood completely adjustments the brain.

Moving past natural organic figuring out, Swaab offers a arguable and multilayered moral argument surrounding the mind. faraway from owning actual loose will, Swaab argues, we've little or no keep watch over over our daily judgements, or who we are going to turn into, simply because our brains predetermine every little thing approximately us, lengthy ahead of we're born, from our ethical personality to our non secular leanings to whom we fall in love with. And he demanding situations lots of our winning assumptions approximately what makes us human, interpreting the problematic “moral networks” that permit us to event emotion, revealing maternal intuition to be the results of hormonal adjustments within the pregnant mind, and exploring the way in which that spiritual “imprinting” shapes the mind in the course of adolescence. Rife with memorable case reports, We Are Our Brains is already a bestselling foreign phenomenon. It goals to demystify the chemical and genetic workings of our such a lot mysterious organ, within the approach aiding us to determine who we're via a completely new lens.

Did you know?

• The father’s mind is affected in being pregnant in addition to the mother’s.
• The withdrawal signs we event on the finish of a love affair replicate chemical addiction.
• transforming into up bilingual reduces the chance of Alzheimer’s.
• Parental faith is imprinted on our brains in the course of early improvement, a lot as our local language is.

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FILTERS AND MIRRORS Fluorescence-based microarray imaging relies on the fact that one can illuminate a fluorophore with one wavelength of light, and that the fluorophore then emits light at a longer wavelength. This effect, known as the Stokes shift, is a fundamental property of fluores- Pickett, Basarsky, Verdnik, and Wellis 40 cence microscopy (see Rost, 1991). However, fluorophores are not tuned to a single wavelength, but instead absorb and emit across a range of wavelengths. A properly designed scanner must optimize the delivery and collection of only the appropriate wavelengths of light.

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