Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

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Academic Press, Jun 5, 2007 - Psychology - 568 pages
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A textbook for psychology, neuroscience, pre-medical students, and everybody interested in the neuroscience of cognition.

A wave of new research is transforming our understanding of the human mind and brain. Many educational fields now require a basic understanding of the new topic of cognitive neuroscience. However, available textbooks are written more for biology audiences than for psychology and related majors. This text aims to bridge that gap. A background in biology of neuroscience is not required. The thematic approach builds on widely understood concepts in psychology, such as working memory, selective attention, and social cognition. Edited by two leading experts in the field, the book guides the reader along a clear path to understand the latest findings.

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  • Written specifically for psychology, pre-medical, education and neuroscience undergraduate and graduate students
  • The thematic approach builds on on accepted concepts, not presuming a background in neuroscience or biology
  • Includes two Appendices on brain imaging and neural networks written by Thomas Ramsoy and Igor Aleksander
  • Introduces the brain in a step-by-step, readable style, with gradually increasing sophistication
  • Richly illustrated in full color with clear and detailed drawings that build the brain from top to bottome, simplifying the layout of the brain for students
  • Pedagogy includes exercises and study questions at the end of each chapter


  • Written specifically for psychology, pre-medical, education and neuroscience undergraduate and graduate students
  • The thematic approach builds on on accepted concepts, not presuming a background in neuroscience or biology
  • Includes two Appendices on brain imaging and neural networks written by Thomas Ramsoy and Igor Aleksander
  • Introduces the brain in a step-by-step, readable style, with gradually increasing sophistication
  • Richly illustrated in full color with clear and detailed drawings that build the brain from top to bottom, simplifying the layout of the brain for students
  • Pedagogy includes exercises and study questions at the end of each chapter, including drawing exercises
 

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Contents

Chapter 2 A framework
31
Chapter 3 Neurons and their connections
59
Imaging the living brain
87
Chapter 5 The brain
121
Chapter 6 Vision
149
Chapter 7 Hearing and speech
183
Chapter 8 Attention and consciousness
225
Chapter 9 Learning and memory
255
Chapter 11 Language
317
Chapter 12 Goals executive control and action
343
Chapter 13 Emotion
369
Perceiving the mental states of others
391
Chapter 15 Development
411
Appendices
453
References
513
Index
537

Chapter 10 Thinking and problemsolving
293

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