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Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind / Edition 1
     

Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind / Edition 1

by Elkhonon Goldberg
 

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ISBN-10: 0195156307

ISBN-13: 2900195156309

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Executive Brain is the first book to explore in popular scientific terms one of the most important and rapidly evolving topics in contemporary neuropsychology, the most "human" and recently evolved region of the brain—the frontal lobes. Crucial for all high-order functioning, it is only in humans that the frontal lobes are so highly developed.

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The Executive Brain is the first book to explore in popular scientific terms one of the most important and rapidly evolving topics in contemporary neuropsychology, the most "human" and recently evolved region of the brain—the frontal lobes. Crucial for all high-order functioning, it is only in humans that the frontal lobes are so highly developed. They hold the key to our judgment, our social and ethical behavior, our imagination, indeed, to our "soul." The author shows how the frontal lobes enable us to engage in complex mental processes, how vulnerable they are to injury, and how devastating the effects of damage often are, leading to chaotic, disorganized, asocial, and even criminal behavior.

Made up of fascinating case histories and anecdotes, Goldberg's book offers a panorama of state-of-the-art ideas and advances in cognitive neuroscience. It is also an intellectual memoir, filled with vignettes about the author's early training with the great Russian neuropsychologist A.R. Luria, Goldberg's escape from the Soviet Union, and his later interactions with patients and professionals around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195156309
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272

Table of Contents

Foreword, Oliver Sacks

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