Three leading figures in the field of cognitive neuroscience provide an engaging, narrative driven overview of this path-breaking field.
Taking a highly interdisciplinary approach, the authors balance cognitive theory, with neuroscientific and neuropsychological evidence to reveal what we currently know about how the human mind works and to encourage students to think like cognitive neuroscientists. The text has been reorganized to move more seamlessly from micro to macro level topics, and its underlying pedagogy strengthened in order to make it an even more effective teaching tool. Maintaining its commitment to highlight the most cutting-edge trends in the field, the third edition includes the first ever standalone chapter of its kind on social neuroscience.
Synthesizing the study of cognitive science, behavioral neurology, and behavioral neuroscience, this undergraduate textbook uses clinical case studies to humanize the scientific content. Chapters cover the history of the discipline, the cellular and molecular basis of cognition, the gross and functional anatomy, methodology, perception and encoding, selective attention and orientation, learning and memory, language and the brain, cerebral lateralization and specialization, the control of action, executive functions and frontal lobes, emotion, evolution, development and plasticity, and consciousness. A glossary is provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author
Michael S. Gazzaniga (Ph.D., California Institute of Technology) is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In his career, he has introduced thousands of students to psychology and cognitive neuroscience. He founded and presides over the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute and is founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. He is past president of the American Psychological Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has held positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara; New York University; the State University of New York, Stony Brook; Cornell University Medical College; and the University of California, Davis. He has written many notable books, including, most recently, Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain. The Association of Psychological Science (APS) recently named him a 2015 William James Fellow.
Richard B. Ivry is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His research focuses on the relationship of cognition and action, using the many methods of cognitive neuroscience. Dr. Ivry is a senior editor for the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and serves on the editorial boards of a number of other journals. Among his many honors, Dr. Ivry received the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences in 1997, and was elected a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists in 2003 and the Association for Psychological Science in 2006.
George R. Mangun is Professor of Psychology and Neurology in the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He was the founding director of the Center for Mind and Brain, and also of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. In 1992, with Michael S. Gazzaniga and others, he founded the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. Dr. Mangun serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, and is Editor-in-Chief of the series The Neuroscience of Attention, published by Oxford University Press. He uses cognitive neuroscience tools in the study of brain attention mechanisms. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
This textbook is one of the most straightforward and easy to read neuroscience textbooks I have encountered. The book provides a lot of detail about the history of the field as well as the evidence for conclusions about the brain based on detailed descriptions of experiments conducted.
The textbook is definitely more psychology focused than hardcore science focused but that makes the book easier to read and conclusions about the important information easy to conclude. It is quite easy to draw out what is important and what is less important for a basic neuroscience student. This would also be a great reference text for simple information about the brain and cognition. Provides a good background including: perception, attention, imagery, memory, action, language, evolution, as well as the history of the field.
A great textbook for introductory classes and background information.
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