Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind / Edition 3

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Overview

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.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393927955
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 678,898
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael S. Gazzaniga is the Director of the Sage Center for the study of Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, where he worked with Roger Sperry, and had primary responsibility for initiating human split-brain research. He has established Centers for Cognitive Neuroscience at Cornell Medical School, the University of California, Davis, and at Dartmouth. He is founder of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute and founding editor of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. He was a member of the President's Council on Bioethics from 2001–2009. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.

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.

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

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    A Great Basic Cognitive Neuroscience Textbook.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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