Chapter 2. The Brain

  1. Frederick L. Coolidge and
  2. Thomas Wynn

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308297.ch2

The Rise of The Evolution of Modern Thinking

The Rise of The Evolution of Modern Thinking

How to Cite

Coolidge, F. L. and Wynn, T. (2009) The Brain, in The Rise of The Evolution of Modern Thinking, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308297.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405152532

Online ISBN: 9781444308297



  • evolution and development of brain and its functions;
  • physical evidence of brain-behavior investigations – from process of trepanation, intentional boring of hole in skull of living person;
  • earliest written evidence of investigations - brain and behavior relationship from ancient Egyptians through hieroglyphics;
  • brain lobes of cerebral cortex and Brodmann's areas;
  • frontal and prefrontal, motor and somatosensory cortices;
  • limbic system - conceived as emotional processing center of brain;
  • subcortical brain structures;
  • left half of left eye and ipsilateral connection to left hemisphere and right half of left eye, contralateral connection to right hemisphere;
  • visual half-field experiments in split-brain patients;
  • brain myths


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Ontogeny of the Brain

  • Other Subcortical Brain Structures

  • Handedness

  • Ears and Hearing

  • Eyes and Vision

  • Split-Brain Studies

  • Brain Myths