Developing Individuality in the Human Brain: A Tribute to Michael I. Posner

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The cognitive neuroscience revolution rests on two corner stones: simple experimental paradigms to capture critical components of the mind and new methods to watch what the brain is doing while working in these paradigms. Michael I. Posner has been a driving force behind the use of componential and functional analysis to enhance our knowledge of mind-brain relationships. His scholarship has been pivotal in opening up new theoretical and methodological trajectories in the field. Moreover, he has actively promoted the expansion of the cognitive neuroscience program to encompass psychology.

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: This book provides an overview of the career of Michael Posner and the contributions he has made to the field of psychology, the neurosciences, and related fields. It includes chapters from leading experts in cognitive neuroscience that bring together Posner's work and integrate it with cutting-edge work in the field of cognitive neuroscience and individuality.
Purpose: The primary purpose of this book is to pay tribute to the instrumental contributions of Michael Posner. Secondarily, it offers a glimpse into the history of the cognitive neuroscience movement and chronicles Posner's humble beginnings. Thirdly, this book presents the latest research findings in areas that are extensions of Posner's work.
Audience: The authors do not state an intended audience, but this would be appropriate for graduate students and academicians in the fields of psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and related areas. Although readers in these fields will likely find it most interesting, the concepts are explained at a broad and reasonable level for non-expert readers.
Features: This book starts out with a brief history of Posner's early academic directions and provides an account of his scientific and theoretical progression through the early years of the cognitive neuroscience movement. It covers such topics as neuroimaging in cognitive research, social development of the brain, frontal circuits and cognitive control, socioeconomic influences on brain development, and brain plasticity. Finally, Posner regales readers with a chapter describing his own experiences and perspectives throughout his career, all the while tackling the fundamental question of how we develop individuality in the brain.
Assessment: While readers deeply involved in this area will undoubtedly find this book an interesting "behind the scenes" look at Michael Posner's career, readers not familiar with this field or Posner's work may find it a bit insipid. Nonetheless, the insightful chapters by leading experts in the field are stimulating and sitting down with the book will be an effortless way to whittle away an afternoon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591472100
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 3/30/2005
  • Series: Decade of Behavior Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A tribute to Michael I. Posner 3
2 On the functional architecture of language and reading : trade-offs between biological preparation and cultural engineering 17
3 On the role of endogenous orienting in the inhibitory aftermath of exogenous orienting 45
4 Imaging conscious and subliminal word processing 65
5 Task models in prefrontal cortex 87
6 Imaging the human brain : reflections on some emerging issues 109
7 The ontogeny of the social brain 125
8 Frontostriatal and frontocerebellar circuitry underlying cognitive control 141
9 The development of effortful control 167
10 Socioeconomic influences on brain development : a preliminary study 189
11 Development and plasticity of human cognition 209
12 How I got here 237
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