Written by leading authorities in their given fields, each volume in OUP’s acclaimed What Everyone Needs to Know® series offers a balanced and authoritative primer on complex current event issues and countries.
Gary L. Wenk
What is the principle purpose of a brain? A simple question, but the answer has taken millennia for us to begin to understand. So critical for our everyday existence, the brain still remains somewhat a mystery. This book is a tour of what we do know about this enigmatic organ, showing us how the workings of the human brain produce our thoughts, feelings, and fears, and answering questions such as: How did humans evolve such a big brain? What is an emotion and why do we have them? What is a memory and why do we forget so easily? How does your diet affect how you think and feel? What happens when your brain gets old?