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Books, Journals, New Media
August 11, 2004


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(6):743. doi:10.1001/jama.292.6.743-a

The author of Mind Wide Open writes the "Emerging Technology" column for Discover magazine and wrote the award-winning Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software (2001). In the well-written Mind Wide Open, he describes with a minimum of technical jargon his exploration of his own brain. In this quest, he spoke to neuroscientists, took psychological tests, and underwent electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging. His odyssey is particularly relevant to writers, as he explores the processes involved in his own scientific and technical writing. The book is well indexed and referenced, on a par with scientific works.

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