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Big Brain Book:
How It Works and All Its Quirks
- Readers are welcomed to the Lobe Labs and Dr. Brain activities in this brightly illustrated, highly engaging book that uses science to answer interesting questions that kids have about the brain and human behavior. This is a fun primer on psychology and neuroscience that makes complex psychological phenomenon and neural mechanisms relatable to kids through illustrations, interesting factoids, and more. Chapters include: What is the brain made up of and how does it work? Why can't I tickle myself? Why do they shine a light in my eyes when I hit my head in the game? Answers draw from both psychology and neuroscience, giving ample examples of how the science is relevant to the question and to the reader's life experiences.
- Leanne Boucher Gill, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Nova Southeastern University, where she received the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and was named the NSU STUEY Professor of the Year. She maintains an active research program studying how exercise affects the way we think. She lives in South Florida.
- Part One: Brain 101 1. What is the brain made of and how does it work? 2. How is the brain organized? 3. How is my brain different from the brains of other animals? 4. How do I learn things? 5. How do scientists measure brain activity? Part Two: Brain Basics 6. Why do we need to sleep? 7. How can we see in 3D at the movies? 8. Why do we feel pain? 9. Why does learning how to ride a bike seem so hard at first? 10. Why do ice cream headaches happen? 11. Why can't I ever get that itch on my back? 12. What does it mean to be conscious? 13. Why can't I hear my dog whistle? 14. Why is there always room for dessert? 15. Why do I remember seemingly random things after smelling something? 16. Why is it hard to learn a new language? 17. Why do I feel sick when I am in a moving car or boat? 18. Why can't we tickle ourselves? 19. Why does my heart race when I'm scared? 20. When I shut off the lights in my room, I can't see anything, but after a few minutes, I can. Why? Part Three 21. Why does Grandma keep forgetting things? 22. Why do I have to wear a helmet when playing sports? 23. Why do I need physical therapy? 24. What does it mean when someone has a stroke? 25. Why can't my Grandpa talk normal after he had a stroke?
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