Best of the Brain from Scientific American

Mind, Matter, and Tomorrow's Brain

Edited by Floyd E. Bloom, M.D.

Cloth • $25.00 • 270 pages
ISBN: 978-1932594225
Published July 2007

Also available an an audiobook.

In Best of the Brain, top neuroscientist Floyd E. Bloom has selected the most fascinating brain-related articles from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind since 1999. Bloom garnishes the impressive lineup with his own introduction.

The articles are grouped into three sections. "Mind" includes stories on consciousness and creativity, among brain researchers' most difficult topics. "Matter" features new perspectives on our senses, psychological disorders, addiction, and more. "Tomorrow's Brain" provides a peek into the future of brain-machine interactions and groundbreaking treatment approaches.

In the understandable, exciting language that has made Scientific American magazine popular among general readers and experts alike, Best of the Brain provides gripping stories from the frontlines of brain research.

Part I: Mind

Ulrich Kraft, Unleashing Creativity

Mark S. George, Stimulating the Brain

Mark Solms, Freud Returns

Carl Zimmer, The Neurobiology of the Self

Antonio R. Damasio, How the Brain Creates the Mind

Eric R. Kandel, The New Science of Mind

Part II: Matter

Nikos K. Logothetis, Vision: A Window on Consciousness

James M. Bower and Lawrence M. Parsons, Rethinking the "Lesser Brain"

Gregory Hickok, Ursula Bellugi, and Edward S. Klima, Sign Language in the Brain

Juergen Andrich and Joerg T. Epplen, Hunting for Answers

Fred H. Gage, Brain, Repair Yourself

Steven E. Hyman, Diagnosing Disorders

Eric J. Nestler and Robert C. Malenka, The Addicted Brain

Daniel C. Javitt and Joseph T. Coyle, Decoding Schizophrenia

David Dobbs, Turning Off Depression

Part III: Tomorrow’s Brain

Steven D. Hollon, Michael E. Thase, and John C. Markowitz, Treating Depression: Pills or Talk

Ray Kurzweil, The Coming Merging of Mind and Machine

Miguel A. L. Nicolelis and John K. Chapin, Controlling Robots with the Mind

Nicola Neumann and Niels Birbaumer, Thinking Out Loud

Kwabena Boahen, Neuromorphic Microchips

Stephen S. Hall, The Quest for a Smart Pill



The past two decades have brought amazing breakthroughs in our understanding of the human brain…Best of the Brain is an irresistible guide to this new territory.”
    –Oliver Sacks, M.D., author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat 

"Best of the Brain is an exploration of mind and matter by some of the best in the brain business. I can't think of a better place to get a crash course on what we know about brain function and what's coming down the road.”
    –Joseph LeDoux, Ph.D., University Professor, New York University and author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self