Cerebrum 2009: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science

Edited by Dan Gordon
Foreword by Thomas R. Insel, M.D.

Paperback • $14.95 • 188 pages
ISBN: 978-1932594447
Published March 2009

Also available as an e-book.

Cerebrum 2009: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science explores the cutting edge of brain research and its implications in our everyday lives, in language understandable to the general reader.

In this annual third volume, a stellar group of scientists and science writers, including neuroscientist Guy McKhann, computational neuroscientist Sebastian Seung, developmental psychologist Jerome Kagan, and neurologist Stephen L. Hauser introduce us to cutting-edge developments in brain science such as the causes and effects of identity disorder, why the mind is sometimes foggy after heart surgery, and the dangers of unidentified traumatic brain injury.  Also, you'll find timely articles about the brain and politics, scientists’ conflicts of interest, using technology to map brain connections, and the pros and cons of screening for childhood disorders.

Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, provides additional insight in his foreword, particularly regarding the concept of understanding mental disorders as disorders of the brain.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Thomas R. Insel, M.D.

 Chapter 1:  Coming Apart: Trauma and the Fragmentation of the Self, by David Spiegel, M.D.

 Chapter 2: Your Brain and Heart Surgery, by Guy McKhann, M.D., and Brenda Patoine

Chapter 3: Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Hope in Depression, by Jamie Talan

Chapter 4: A Road Paved by Reason, by Elizabeth Norton Lasley

Chapter 5: The Political Brain, by Geoffrey K. Aguirre, M.D., Ph.D.

Chapter 6: A Wound Obscure, Yet Serious: Consequences of Unidentified Traumatic Brain Injury are Often Severe, by Wayne A. Gordon. Ph.D.

Chapter 7: Connectomics: Tracing the Wires of the Brain-Sebastian Seung, Ph.D.

Chapter 8: The Meaning of Psychological Abnormality, by Jerome Kagan, Ph.D.

Chapter 9: The Impact of Modern Neuroscience on Treatment of Parolees, by Charles O’Brien, M.D., Ph.D., Richard J. Bonnie, J.D., Donna T. Chen, M.D., M.P.H.

Chapter 10: Neural Health: Is It Facilitated by Work Force Participation?, by Denise Park, Ph.D

Chapter 11: Pediatric Screening and the Public Good, by Jennifer Kwon, M.D., and Richard H. Dees, Ph.D.


Chapter 13: Discovering the Rational Economic Man Has a Heart, by Lee Alan Dugatkin, Ph.D.


Chapter 14: The Quest for Longer Life – Mortal Coil: A Short History of Living Longer, by David Boyd Haycock. Reviewed by Mark P. Mattson, Ph.D.

Chapter 15: The Brain: From Atom to Soul- A Portrait of the Brain by Adam Zeman. Reviewed by Lewis Roland, M.D.

Chapter 16: Memoirs about Memory: Too Much Versus Too Little – Can’t Remember What I Forgot by Sue Halpern; The Woman Who Can’t Forget by Jill Price with Bart Davis. Reviewed by Suzanne Corkin, Ph.D.



"Cerebrum 2009 is an exciting, cutting-edge overview of brain science. Written by top scientists, it provides insight into a wide-ranging variety of topics, from the effects of heart surgery on the brain to neuroimaging studies of political thought. It is a fascinating and important book." 
    –Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine