The section on brain anatomy covers what the brain is made of and how it works, how human brains differ from other animal’s brains, how scientists measure brain activity. The next section delves into the mind / body connection, probing questions such as why we need to sleep, how we feel pain, why and when we feel hungry, why learning a new language can be so hard, and how our senses work. The last section explains what happens when things go wrong with the brain, such as concussions, strokes, and dementia.
The book features a pleasing, colorful layout and has helpful illustrations. “Lobe Lab” sections offer fun experiments to explore how the brain works. It is aimed for ages 10 and up and includes a great deal of information. While not a textbook, The Big Brain Book: How it Works and All Its Quirks would make a great addition to a life science curriculum or could be used as an independent unit study on the brain.
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