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Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience / Edition 2

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Overview

Cognition, Brain and Consciousness provides students and readers with an overview of the study of the human brain and its cognitive development. It discusses brain molecules and their primary function, which is to help carry brain signals to and from the different parts of the human body. These molecules are also essential for understanding language, learning, perception, thinking, and other cognitive functions of our brain.
The book also presents the tools that can be used to view the human brain through brain imaging or recording. Brain recording is used to measure electric and magnetic signals in our brain. The most precise recording method is the single neuron or unit recording that uses deep needle electrodes implanted in the brain. In addition, the book discusses peoples consciousness and attention spans, which are considered complementary processes. Learning and memory capacity of the brain are also discussed.
The study of cognitive neuroscience is very challenging, as every aspect of the human brain must be studied to fully understand how the brain works.
  • New edition of a very successful textbook
  • Completely revisedto reflect new advances, and feedback from adopters and students
  • Includes a new chapter on Genes and Molecules of Cognition
  • Student Solutions available at http://www.baars-gage.com/

For Teachers:

  • Rapid adoption and course preparation: A wide array of instructor support materials are available online including PowerPoint lecture slides, a test bank with answers, and eFlashcords on key concepts for each chapter.
  • A textbook with an easy-to-understand thematic approach: in a way that is clear for students from a variety of academic backgrounds, the text introduces concepts such as working memory, selective attention, and social cognition.
  • A step-by-step guide for introducing students to brain anatomy: color graphics have been carefully selected to illustrate all points and the research explained. Beautifully clear artist's drawings are used to 'build a brain' from top to bottom, simplifying the layout of the brain.

For students:

  • An easy-to-read, complete introduction to mind-brain science: all chapters begin from mind-brain functions and build a coherent picture of their brain basis. A single, widely accepted functional framework is used to capture the major phenomena.
  • Learning Aids include a student support site with study guides and exercises, a new Mini-Atlas of the Brain and a full Glossary of technical terms and their definitions.
  • Richly illustrated with hundreds of carefully selected color graphics to enhance understanding.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This extremely exciting book provides the reader the necessary basic information to appreciate how the traditional separation between the mind and the brain is nowadays challenged by the nomological network generated by the careful observation of the biological-neurological events and the related cognitive inferred concepts. Indeed, even though the ancient debate mind versus body has never ceased to be a subject of discussion by scientists and philosophers, currently it has become again a productive and stimulating scientific question, mainly because of the availability of functional neuroimaging techniques that has attracted the convergent interest of biologists, neuroscientists, and psychologists…this second edition looks quite appealing and the editors should be very proud of it. The numerous elegant and very instructive colored figures and schemas as well as the quality of printing enrich the "charm" of this book, which certainly deserves to be suggested to anyone interested in a better insight on the neurological, emotional, and cognitive processes of our brain."--Childs Nerv Syst (2020) 26:1251

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an outstanding comprehensive new introductory textbook on cognitive neuroscience. Written and edited by internationally recognized scientist-educators, it would serve as an excellent accompaniment to an undergraduate course on the brain and behavior.
Purpose: As noted by the editors, cognitive neuroscience has become a basic prerequisite for study in psychology, biology, education, and medicine and it has been difficult to cover the needed material in a single course. This book attempts to solve that problem by synthesizing the material into a functional framework that helps to organize the knowledge around familiar domains, such as sensory perception in vision and audition. The editors and authors have produced an extremely useful textbook.
Audience: It is intended for undergraduate psychology, premedical, education, and neuroscience students.
Features: All the major areas are covered including mind and brain; neurons and their connections; brain imaging; neuroanatomy; vision; hearing and speech; attention and consciousness; learning and memory; thinking and problem solving; language; goals, executive control, and action; emotion; social cognition; and development. Appendix A reviews the concept of neural models and Appendix B covers methods for studying brain and behavior. The reference section is comprehensive with pertinent and contemporary citations of the relevant scientific literature. The illustrations and images are outstanding and great learning tools.
Assessment: This is a wonderful introductory cognitive neuroscience textbook that would be an excellent required book for an undergraduate course. I highly recommend it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123750709
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 3/11/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 936,748
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

http://vesicle.nsi.edu/users/baars/

www.socsci.uci.edu/~cnllab

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents. Preface

1 Mind and brain

2 A framework

3 Neurons and their connections

4 The tools: Imaging the living brain

5 The brain

6 Vision

7 Hearing and speech

8 Attention and consciousness

9 Learning and memory

10 Thinking and problem-solving

11 Language

12 Goals, executive control, and action

13 Emotion

14 Social cognition: Perceiving the mental states of others

15 Development

16 The genes and molecules of cognition

Appendix -- Methods for observing the living brain (Ramsoy, Olaf Paulson, Copenhagen) Glossary

Mini-Atlas of the Brain

Index

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