Cerebrum 2010: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science

Available February 2010

Edited by Dan Gordon
Foreword by Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D.

Paperback • $12.95 • 252 pages 
ISBN: 978-1932594492
Published February 2010

Also available as an e-book



Cerebrum 2010  offers a feast for readers keen to know what the world’s leading thinkers see as the newest ideas and implications arising from discoveries about the brain. Drawn from Cerebrum’s highly regarded Web edition, this fourth annual collection brings together the foremost experts in brain science. Jay Giedd, Michael Posner, Mariale Hardiman, David Kupfer and Paul McHugh present their research – and their take – on such cutting-edge topics as the development of the teen brain, how arts education affects intelligence, the limitations of brain imaging, and how to bring more certainty and flexibility to diagnosis in the next edition of the psychiatric bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).

Benjamin S. Carson Sr., director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and a professor of neurological surgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, provides an insightful perspective on the impact of neuroscience on his career, the well-being of patients, and the understanding of how the mind works.

Cerebrum 2010 presents candid, intriguing debates that capture the harmony as well as the discord in the  complex and evolving relationship between neuroscience and society.


Table of Contents

▶ Foreword       Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D.

▶ Chapter 1:      The Science of Education: Informing Teaching and Learning Through the Brain Sciences

Mariale M. Hardiman, Ed.D., and Martha Bridge Denckla, M.D.

▶ Chapter 2:      How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition

Michael Posner, Ph.D., with Brenda Patoine

▶ Chapter 3:      What Can Dance Teach Us About Learning?

Scott T. Grafton, M.D.

▶ Chapter 4:      A Debate on “Multiple Intelligences”

Howard Gardner, Ph.D., and James Traub

▶ Chapter 5:      The Teen Brain: Primed to Learn, Primed to Take Risks

Jay N. Giedd, M.D.

▶ Chapter 6:      Video Games Affect the Brain – For Better and Worse

Douglas A. Gentile, Ph.D.

▶ Chapter 7:      Updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

David J. Kupfer, M.D., Emily A. Kuhl, Ph.D., William E. Narrow, M.D., M.P.H., and Darrel A. Regier, M.D., M.P.H.; Paul McHugh, M.D.

▶ Chapter 8:      Using Deep Brain Stimulation on the Mind: Handle with Care

Mahlon R. DeLong, M.D.

▶ Chapter 9:      Neuroimaging: Separating the Promise from the Pipe Dreams

Russell A. Poldrack, Ph.D.

▶ Chapter 10:   Why So Many Seniors Get Swindled: Brain Anomalies and Poor Decision-making in

Older Adults

Natalie Denburg, Ph.D., with Lyndsay Harshman, B.S.

▶ Chapter 11:   Wired for Hunger: The Brain and Obesity

Marcelo O. Dietrich, M.D., and Tamas L. Horvath, D.V.M., Ph.D.

▶ Chapter 12:   Vitamin D and the Brain: More Good News

R. Douglas Shytle, Ph.D., and Paula C. Bickford, Ph.D.

▶ Chapter 13:   Religion and the Brain: A Debate

Dimitrios Kapogiannis, M.D., and Jordan Grafman, Ph.D.; Andrew Newberg, M.D.

Book Reviews

▶ Chapter 14:   Decisions Are Not So Simple

How We Decide By Jonah Lehrer

Reviewed by Scott A. Huettel, Ph.D.

▶ Chapter 15:   Synesthesia: Another World of Perception

Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia

By Richard E. Cytowic, M.D., and David M. Eagleman, Ph.D.

Reviewed by Julian E. Asher, Ph.D.

▶ Chapter 16:   Weighing in on “Conditioned Hypereating”

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

By David A. Kessler, M.D.

Reviewed by Lisa J. Merlo, Ph.D., and Mark S. Gold, M.D.

▶ Chapter 17:   Our Neurotech Future

The Neuro Revolution: How Brain Science Is Changing Our World

By Zack Lynch with Byron Laursen

Reviewed by Michael F. Huerta, Ph.D.


 “Cerebrum does it again. The best minds in brain science tell us what’s new about how we learn and what makes us intelligent; why teens take risks and older adults make bad decisions; new strategies for understanding and caring for people with brain disorders; and what frames our values, beliefs, and sense of spirituality. The book is as cutting-edge as it down-to-earth: true, in every way, to the legacy of William Safire.”
    –Judy Illes, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics

"A fascinating survey of all the ways neuroscience is touching our lives—from potential new treatments for mental disorders to a deeper understanding of what makes life worth living."
    –Carl Zimmer, author of Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain and How It Changed the World 

"This richly textured collection ranges from the influences of vitamin D and training in the arts to the maturational developments at puberty and the value of deep brain stimulation. As a dividend, there are balanced discussions of the controversies surrounding the meaning and validity of multiple intelligences, profiles of blood flow, and the psychiatrists’ diagnostic manual. Don’t miss this marvelous addition to the Dana Press series."
    –Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Harvard University