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  • The chemical is important for making neural connections.
  • Each time an addict resists temptation, it weakens the neural connection that underlies the addiction.
  • She is studying the neural circuitry of romantic love.
  • Unfortunately, you won’t recover from our neural explorations—the procedure is fatal.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • Though to all normal standards she’d recovered from the accident completely, still there was a bit of neural damage, just enough to matter on the high end, slight impairment of fine motor skills.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • DISTRANS: a device for producing a temporary neural imprint on the nervous system of Chiroptera or birds.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • When the Drink button was pressed it made an instant but highly detailed examination of the subject’s taste buds, a spectroscopic analysis of the subject’s metabolism and then sent tiny experimental signals down the neural pathways to the taste centers of the subject’s brain to see what was likely to go down well.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • I sensed molecules active in my brain, moving along neural pathways.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • I noticed how the pencil tip quivered in his hand, and I wondered if he too was suffering some neural disorder.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • The answers on the back often included drawings—many of them lovely, Ophelia thought—in that case a drawing of the neural pathways of the eye.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains

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  • "Stop right there, please," King Billy said softly and lifted a neural stunner from his lap.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Just a cozy little incubator with nanobots, accelerants, and neural feeds.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • And what is the connection between Us and Them, how many bundled links do we find in the neural labyrinth?
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Faster neural twitch response.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • But you’ve seen dogs with hurt feelings and Mike had several times as complex a neural network as a dog.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • So as we would think of it, they were drawing a connection between the printed letter on the page and the neural connections that had to be invoked in order to pronounce it.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • "The only way to find out is to do the science," Gottschall says, reasonably enough, and then announces that "the constant firing of our neurons in response to fictional stimuli strengthens and refines the neural pathways that lead to skillful navigation of life’s problems" and that the studies show that therefore people who read a lot of novels have better social and empathetic abilities, are more skillful navigators, than those who don’t.
    Adam Gopnik  --  Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?
  • And what’s more," the voice went on triumphantly, "the patient is both physically and neurally whole."
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Most of Katherine’s books bore titles like Quantum Consciousness, The New Physics, and Principles of Neural Science.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • "First we Ye got to get a mapper into your neural system," Cori said.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Something like a neural net.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • They kept hooking hardware into him—decision-action boxes to let him boss other computers, bank on bank of additional memories, more banks of associational neural nets, another tubful of twelve-digit random numbers, a greatly augmented temporary memory.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • "Here," said Kassad, returning with two small neural stunners.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Helenda has seen to it that I have been so fitted: biomonitors, sensory extenders, and internal comlog, neural shunts, kickers, metacortex processors, blood chips, RNA tapeworms… my mother wouldn’t have recognized my insides.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • These structures consist of basic neural circuits that have to exist in order to allow our brains to acquire higher languages.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • "Only one of the most complex topics in the known universe," he sighed and looked longingly at his disconnected neural shunt and metacortex leads.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I knew the nerve-fire agony of a neural stunner and did not envy him.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Instead, my fingers encountered the plastic of a neural shunt socket.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I let myself fall to my right, the knife slicing air centimeters from my cheek, hitting pavement and rolling as I palmed the neural stunner and came up on one knee to meet the threat.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He didn’t say anything about this because he didn’t understand it, the stark sort of shudder, the leveling out, the sense of knowing he was headed into remote Sonoran waste, where the interplay of terrain and weapons was a kind of neural process remapped in the world, a hollow sort of craving lifted out of the brain stem, or wherever, and painted over with words and sky and diamondback desert.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • I also felt the surge as his hand found the neural shunt, the white-light warmth of the surge to the Schrn loop as everything Johnny Keats ever was or would be exploded into me; almost, almost it was like his orgasm inside me two nights earlier, the surge and throb and sudden warmth and stillness after, with the echo of sensation there.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
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