Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology / Edition 6

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Written by two masterful researchers and educators, Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology was the first textbook to introduce students to the scientific exploration of human behavior from a neuroscientist’s perspective. With this updated edition, Bryan Kolb and Ian Whishaw again take students to the very forefront of one of the most eventful and impactful areas of scientific inquiry today, making an extraordinary amount of recent research and the real-world impact of those discoveries fascinating and accessible.

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A text for students in the neurosciences. Part I provides background information for those new to the study of the brain, covering basics such as the nervous system and the biochemical activity of the brain. Parts II and III focus on cortical organization and the higher functions in the normal brain. Part IV discusses disorders of the brain. Includes chapter summaries and a glossary. This fourth edition reflects changes in technology used to investigate brain function, and includes new information on attention, consciousness, and vision. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716795865
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/8/2008
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 763
  • Sales rank: 169,332
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Kolb received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1973.  He conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Western Ontario and the Montreal Neurological Institute.  He moved to the University of Lethbridge in 1976, where he is currently Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and holds a Board of Governor's Chair in Neuroscience. His current research examines how neurons of the cerebral cortex change in response to various factors, including hormones, experience, psychoactive drugs, neurotrophins, and injury, and how these changes are related to behavior in the normal and diseased brain.  Kolb is a Killam Fellow (Canada Council) and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Royal Society of Canada.  He is a recipient of the Hebb Prize from CPA and from the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) and is a former president of the CSBBCS.  He is one of the theme leaders in the Canadian Stroke Network.  He is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and University of Calgary, as well as the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Calgary, Alberta.
Ian Q. Whishaw received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1971. He moved to the University of Lethbridge in 1970, where he is currently Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and holds a Board of Governor's Chair in Neuroscience. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Texas, University of Michigan, Cambridge University, and the Unviersity of Strasbourg, France.  He is a Fellow of Clair Hall, Cambridge, and a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Calgary, Alberta.  His current research examines how the precise details of movements are influenced by injury or disease to the motor systems of rodents and humans and how animals and humans move through real and mental space.  Whishaw is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Royal Society of Canada, and the Institute for Scientific Information includes him in its list of most cited neuroscientists.  He is a recipient of a Bronze medal from the Canadian Humane Society, a recipient of the Ingrid Speaker medal for research, and President of NeuroDetective, Inc.

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Table of Contents

1 The Development of Neuropsychology 3
2 Origins of the Human Brain and Behavior 23
3 Organization of the Nervous System 39
4 Cellular Organization of the Nervous System 64
5 The Biochemical Activity of the Brain 83
6 Organization of the Sensory Systems 99
7 Organization of the Motor Systems 120
8 Principles of Neocortical Function 153
9 Principles of Cerebral Asymmetry 180
10 Variations in Cerebral Asymmetry 214
11 The Occipital Lobes 243
12 The Parietal Lobes 265
13 The Temporal Lobes 286
14 The Frontal Lobes 305
15 Disconnection Syndromes 334
16 Memory 355
17 Language 387
18 Emotional Processes 417
19 Spatial Behavior 438
20 Attention, Imagery, and Consciousness 465
21 Development of Function 49ä
22 Learning Disabilities 515
23 Recovery of Function 539
24 Neurological Disorders 566
25 Psychiatric and Related Disorders 597
26 Neuropsychological Assessment 625
Glossary 637
Index of Names 657
Index of Topics 669
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