Cerebrum 2017: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science

Edited by Bill Glovin

Foreword by Ed Bullmore, Ph.D.
Cover illustration by JF Podevin

Paperback • $12.95 • 212 pages 
ISBN: 978-1-932594-63-8
Published March 2018

Cerebrum 2017: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science offers timely ideas in neuroscience and book reviews from a cross-section of prominent neuroscientists. Among the essays in this book: David Amaral examines the prenatal factors that may contribute to autism; Dharma Singh Khalsa and George Perry write about lifestyle changes that can help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease; and Jamie Adams, Christopher Tarolli, and E. Ray Dorsey discuss the growing use of telehealth in psychiatric and neurological care.

Ed Bullmore, director of the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre in the University of Cambridge, provides additional insight in his foreword on the growing movement in neuroscience to look beyond the nervous system to links between the brain and body, and the brain and the outside world. He draws this thread through several of the anthology’s topics, which will surely enhance the reader experience.


Ed Bullmore, Ph.D.


Chapter 1: Examining the Causes of Autism
By David G. Amaral, Ph.D.

Chapter 2: Next Generation House Call
By Jamie L. Adams, M.D., Christopher G Tarolli, M.D., and E. Ray Dorsey, M.D.

Chapter 3: The Four Pillars of Alzheimer's Prevention
By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., and George Perry, Ph.D.

Chapter 4: Gut Feelings on Parkinson's and Depression
By Timothy G. Dinan, M.D., Ph.D., and John F. Cryan, Ph.D.

Chapter 5: Genetics and ALS: Cause for Optimism
By Roland Pochet, Ph.D.

Chapter 6: The Sleeping Brain
By Chiara Cirelli, M.D., Ph.D., and Giulio Tononi, M.D., Ph.D.

Chapter 7: The Brain's Emotional Development
By Nim Tottenham, Ph.D.

Chapter 8: Olfaction: Smell of Change in the Air
By Richard L. Doty, Ph.D.

Chapter 9: The Illusion of the Perfect Brain Enhancer
By Emiliano Santarnecchi, Ph.D., and Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.

Chapter 10: The First Neuroethics Meeting: Then and Now
By Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D., Patricia Smith Churchland, B.Ph., and Kenneth F. Schaffner, M.D., Ph.D. Podcast transcript with Steven E. Hyman, M.D.

Chapter 11: Microglia: The Brain's First Responders
By Staci Bilbo, Ph.D., and Beth Stevens, Ph.D.

Chapter 12: Imaging's Impact on Depression
By Boadie Dunlop, M.D., and Helen S. Mayberg, M.D.

Book Reviews

Chapter 13: Eric Kandel's Reductionism in Art and Brain ScienceBridging the Two Cultures
By Ed Bilsky, Ph.D.

Chapter 14: Joseph J. Fins' Right Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics and the Struggle for Consciousness
By Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D.

Chapter 15: Alan Alda's If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating
By Eric Chudler, Ph.D. 

Chapter 16: Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer's Beyond the Self: Conversations Between Buddhism and Neuroscience
By Paul J. Zak, Ph.D.


“From microbiota to microglia, the Cerebrum anthology illustrates how modern brain science manifests the neuropsychobiological approach to brain function and dysfunction. Fascinating, enjoyable, and creative articles are presented for every level of brain pursuit bridging new breakthroughs from genetics to art and culture. A must read!” 
    –George F. Koob, Ph.D., Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; Senior Investigator, National Institute on Drug Abuse

“This is a magnificent anthology of writing and thinking about brain and mind, cells and systems, and neurologic health and disease. It highlights profound lessons of the past, and leads us to the exciting future of brain and ethics, consciousness, communication, and culture for well-bring across the lifespan.”
    –Judy Illes, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics, The University of british Columbia; President of the International Neuroethics Society

If you had to choose just one book ever year to keep you informed about recent advances in brain science, you couldn’t make a better choice than Cerebrum. This annual compendium is penned by some of the most accomplished neuroscientists in the world, writing with clarity, authority, and vast experience. The goal is to familiarize the non-specialist reader with the wonders of the human brain. Read any article selected at random, and you will agree that this year's edition accomplishes this goal with marvelous precision.

    –Richard Restak, M.D., Clinical Professor of Neurology at George Washington Hospital University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; author of 24 books on the brain, including the recent Mind: The Big Questions and Memory