Summary & Study Guide - We Are Our Brains by Lee Tang

A Neurobiography of the Brain from the Womb to Alzheimer's

The must-read summary of “We Are Our Brains: A Neurobiography of the Brain from the Womb to Alzheimer’s,” by D. F. Swaab.

Summary & study guide - we are our brains

A Definitive Book on How the Brain Evolves Through Every Stage of Life

The must-read summary of “We Are Our Brains: A Neurobiography of the Brain from the Womb to Alzheimer’s,” by D. F. Swaab.

In We Are Our Brains, the renowned neuroscientist D.F. Swaab takes us on a guided tour of the intricate inner workings of our brain, with each chapter serves as a window on a different stage of brain development. He shows how gender identity and moral behavior develop, what goes on in the adolescent mind, and how we age. He looks at common brain diseases like addiction, autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia; and explores the relationship between the brain and religion, the soul, the mind, and free will. This book demystifies the chemical and genetic workings of our most mysterious organ and helps us see who we are through new lenses.

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Read this summary and find out how our brains predetermine everything about us long before we are born, from our moral character to our religious leanings, and sexual orientation.

Genre: STUDY AIDS / Study Guides

Secondary Genre: SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience

Language: English

Keywords: brain disorder, brain development, adolescents, schizophrenia, alzheimer’s disease, gender identity, sexual orientation

Word Count: 15,100

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There are two sides to the brain, each called a hemisphere. The right side of our brain controls the left side of our body. The brain sits on the brainstem which controls many of our most critical biological functions, like breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and bladder and bowel movements. The brainstem and spinal cord are connected to the brain through the thalamus. Information from all the senses flows through the thalamus to the cerebral cortex which comprises four lobes:


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