The Great Brain Debate:

The Great Brain Debate:

Nature or Nurture? (2004)

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The Great Brain Debate:

Nature or Nurture? (2004)

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John E. Dowling

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The Great Brain Debate: Nature or Nurture?. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2004.

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"John Dowling is a first-rate visual neuroscientist who knows the brain and who inspiringly draws on his own research program to communicate with Carl Sagan-like clarity the complexities of the inner cosmos--brain function and brain development. ... Dowling does a masterful job of laying out how the brain is born and then matures. His eloquent essay provides solid examples of what elements of brain development and brain function are under genetic control and which are largely guided by experience. ... This highly readable account of brain development and brain function will appeal to an educated reader, one who is capable of critically evaluating the literature even if only from the perspective of an outsider."
-- Science, February 25, 2005

"[Dowling] writes authoritatively and covers the important stuff."
-- The San Diego Union Tribune, November 24, 2004

"In The Great Brain Debate, John Dowling provides a marvelously concise primer on the brain. By means of vivid examples, he illustrates why nature and nurture are as inextricably interwoven as the threads in an Oriental carpet. If you must choose one source to learn about brain development, transformations, and enrichment, you could not do better than this enlightening and entertaining book."
-- Dr. Richard Restak, author of The Secret Life of the Brain and Poe's Heart and The Mountain Climber: An Exploration Into Our Anxious Brains and Culture

"...a very interesting and useful book... Dowling's balanced account on this very important subject will be appreciated by thoughtful readers..."
-- Richard L. Sidman, M.D, Bullard Professor of Neuropathology (Neuroscience), Emeritus at Harvard Medical School

"Dowling is at his best when he discusses vision, but just as expertly serves up issues in language acquisition, birdsong or memory formation. He does all this in a simple, direct and very friendly genial tone that makes the book a highly accessible read. Even if 'nature v. nurture' questions do not keep you awake at night, the book is an enjoyable primer on some of the most exciting areas of neuroscience research today. ...Dowling does not confine himself to merely describing relevant neuroscientific findings. He also presents a fair-minded account of the current controversies and his own speculations. His is a very interesting, readable book that will leave you better informed to participate in the continuing debate."
-- The Times Higher Education Supplement, July 29, 2005



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