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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: With the advent of functional neuroimaging, especially noninvasive fMRI, we are now able to link brain function to observable behavior. This book explores the intersection of functional neuroimaging and cognitive psychology to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms of human memory.
Purpose: The aim of this book is to cogently gather and convey the scientific literature on the neuroimaging of human memory and explore its relevance to psychological theory and knowledge. It is not intended to tackle the philosophical debate of the usefulness of neuroimaging to cognitive psychology.
Audience: This is appropriate for neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, and others interested in neuroimaging and cognition. It is also appropriate for students of these disciplines. The editors and authors are established researchers in the field and amply qualified to provide the perspectives and information they do.
Features: The book wastes no time delving into neuroimaging issues replete with colorful and detailed functional neuroimaging figures. The information is presented in a manner designed to teach, rather than merely convey the message. Using simple and easy to grasp analogies early on ensures readers are keeping up with an area that can be complicated. Topics range from working memory to control processes during encoding to long-term consolidation. There is an in-depth and sophisticated look at each topic, including dissociation and reverse association evidence. As the title purports, there is integration with cognitive psychology models and support or lack thereof for these models with neuroimaging evidence. Sections are clearly laid out and each chapter ends with concluding remarks. References are relevant and current, with many from the last few years.
Assessment: This is a well written account of the intersection of cognitive psychology and functional neuroimaging that leaves little doubt as to how far we have come in our understanding of human memory and the amazing potential yet to be realized when these approaches work together. To spend a few days paging through this book is an edifying experience.