Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780190932794

Gary L. Wenk
288 ページ
156 x 235 mm

An internationally renowned neuroscientist, Dr. Wenk has been educating college and medical students about the brain and lecturing around the world for more than forty years. He has published over three hundred publications on the effects of drugs upon the brain. This essential book vividly demonstrates how a little knowledge about the foods and drugs we eat can teach us a lot about how our brain functions. The information is presented in an irreverent and non-judgmental manner that makes it highly accessible to high school teenagers, inquisitive college students and worried parents. Dr. Wenk has skillfully blended the highest scholarly standards with illuminating insights, gentle humor and welcome simplicity. The intersection between brain science, drugs, food and our cultural and religious traditions is plainly illustrated in an entirely new light. Wenk tackles fundamental questions, including: * Why do you wake up tired from a good long sleep and why does your sleepy brain crave coffee and donuts? * How can understanding a voodoo curse explain why it is so hard to stop smoking? * Why is a vegetarian or gluten-free diet not always the healthier option for the brain? * How can liposuction improve brain function? * What is the connection between nature's hallucinogens and religiosity? * Why does marijuana impair your memory now but protect your memory later in life? * Why do some foods produce nightmares? * What are the effects of diet and obesity upon the brains of infants and children? * Are some foods better to eat after traumatic brain injury?


Chapter 1 Food, Drugs, and You
Chapter 2 Memories, Magic, and a Major Addiction
Chapter 3 Euphoria, Depression, and Madness
Chapter 4 Your Brain's Anchor to Reality
Chapter 5 Marijuana in the Brain
Chapter 6 Simple Molecules That Turn You On and Off
Chapter 7 Sleeping vs. Waking
Chapter 8 Remnants of an Ancient Past
Chapter 9 Brain Enhancement and other Magical Beliefs
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Dr. Wenk is a Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State University. He is an internationally recognized research investigator of age-related brain disorders, an award-winning educator and author of more than 300 research articles and chapters. He served on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University and was the Director of the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory & Biological Basis of Behavior Program at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. Dr. Wenk was elected a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his distinguished contributions in the field of neuropharmacology, neurodegenerative diseases and neuroinflammatory processes. He has been interviewed about his work by Dr. Oz, NPR, WBZ, WJR, CBS, ABC, and CNN and currently serves on the State of Ohio Governor's Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.