Part case history and part a study of consciousness and the brain, this story follows Nico, a toddler who had his right brain removed to control epilepsy. Battro is the neuroscientist who worked with Nico and watched him grow up to be a bright child with minor physical and mental handicaps. Illustrations.
Half A Brain Is Enough is the moving and extraordinary story of Nico, a little boy who at the age of three was given a right hemispherectomy to control intractable epilepsy. Antonio Battro, a distinguished neuroscientist and educationalist, charts what he calls Nico's 'neuroeducation' with humour and compassion in an intriguing book which is part case history, part meditation on the nature of consciousness and the brain, and part manifesto. Throughout the book Battro combines the highest standards of scientific scholarship with a warmth and humanity that guide the reader through the intricacies of brain surgery, neuronal architecture and the application of the latest information technology in education, in a way that is accessible and engaging as well as making a significant contribution to the current scientific literature. Half A Brain Is Enough will be compulsory reading for anyone who is interested in the ways we think and learn.
Preface; Glossary; 1. The heart is in the brain; 2. Sculpting a new brain; 3. Compensatory analysis; 4. First schooling; 5. The cortical shift; 6. The double brain; 7. Brain, education and development; Notes; References; Index.
Half A Brain Is Enough is the story of Nico, who at the age of three was given a right hemispherectomy. Antonio Battro charts Nico's 'neuroeducation' with humour and compassion in an intriguing book, part case history, part meditation on the nature of consciousness and the brain, and part manifesto.
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