Wet Mind: The New Cognitive Neuroscience

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In this first comprehensive, integrated, and accessible overview of recent insights into how the brain gives rise to mental activity, the authors explain the fundamental concepts behind and the key discoveries that draw on neural network computer models, brain scans, and behavioral studies. Drawing on this analysis, the authors also present an intriguing theory of consciousness.

The last dizzying decade of work in neurobiology, artificial intelligence, cognitive ...

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Overview

In this first comprehensive, integrated, and accessible overview of recent insights into how the brain gives rise to mental activity, the authors explain the fundamental concepts behind and the key discoveries that draw on neural network computer models, brain scans, and behavioral studies. Drawing on this analysis, the authors also present an intriguing theory of consciousness.

The last dizzying decade of work in neurobiology, artificial intelligence, cognitive science and medicine has begun to part the veil on the secrets of the brain's operation. Kosslyn and Koenig put these new developments in perspective in this accessible introduction to the mind/brain structure. Illustrated.

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Stephen Jay Gould Author of Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, Professor of Geology, Harvard University A crucially important book in the vital and rapidly developing field of cognitive neuroscience.

Michael I. Posner Professor and Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene Kosslyn's and Koenig's book is the best current account of how the human brain constrains the computations of the human mind. It is a starting point for those who want to follow the rapid development of cognitive neuroscience.

David E. Rumelhart Professor of Psychology and Computer Science, Stanford University Wet Mind is an excellent introduction for the layman and student alike to the fascinating and rapidly changing world of cognitive neuroscience. Kosslyn and Koenig tell a good story and have packed a good deal into the book. It will certainly attract many students to this exciting field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780029175958
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Kosslyn is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and is associate editor of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Olivier Koenig is Maitre Assistant at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Geneva.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Wet Mind/Dry Mind 1
2 Computation in the Brain 17
3 Visual Perception 52
4 Visual Cognition 128
5 Reading 167
6 Language 211
7 Movement 286
8 Memory 341
9 Gray Matters 401
Epilogue: Wet Minds in 1995 445
Notes 485
Bibliography 535
Index 589
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