By Cordelia Fine
The brain's energy is proven and touted each day in new reviews and learn. And but we have a tendency to take our brains without any consideration, with out suspecting that these lots of hard-working neurons would possibly not continually be operating for us. Cordelia nice introduces us to a mind we'd now not are looking to meet, a mind with a brain of its personal. She illustrates the brain's tendency towards self-delusion as she explores how the brain defends and glorifies the ego through twisting and warping our perceptions. Our brains hire a slew of inborn mind-bugs and prejudices, from hindsight bias to unrealistic optimism, from ethical excuse-making to wishful thinking—all designed to avoid us from seeing the reality in regards to the global and the folk round us, and approximately ourselves.
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A third approach described in this chapter relies on the activation of normal cell repair mechanisms to restore lost synapses. Having understood the signaling pathways that globally modulate learning and memory, it is essential to uncover the specific molecular and synaptic events mediating cognitive function. Accordingly, sophisticated molecular and electrophysiological tools are described in Chapter 3 based on the idea that facilitating synaptic plasticity may eventually lead to better cognitive function, a result that can be achieved by manipulating the activity of neurotransmitter receptors.
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