Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience A Beginner's Guide

ISBN-10: 0124158056
ISBN-13: 9780124158054
Edition: 2012
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List price: $36.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Publication date: 2/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

This introductory text offers a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide to cognitive neuroscience. Chapters cover all aspects of the field - the neural framework, sight, sound, consciousness, learning/memory, problem solving, speech, executive control, emotions, socialization and development - in a student friendly format with extensive pedagogy and ancillaries to aid both the student and professor. Throughout the text case studies and everyday examples are used to help students understand the more challenging aspects of the material. Written by two leading experts in the field, the text takes a unique thematic approach, guiding students along a clear path to understand the latest findings whether or not they have a background in neuroscience.Complete introduction to mind-brain science, written to be highly accessible to undergraduates with limited neuroscience trainingRichly illustrated with carefully selected color graphics to enhance understandingEnhanced pedagogy highlights key concepts for the student and aids in teaching - chapter outlines, study questions, glossaryAncillary support saves instructors time and facilitates learning - test questions, image collection, lecture slides, etc.

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Preface
Mind and brain
An invitation
Basic concepts
Hot debates
Study questions and drawing exercises
A useful framework
Brain regions and their functions
Cognitive functions
Using the functional diagram
Small and large mental capacities
Summary
Study questions and drawing exercises
The nerve cell
Introduction
Basic features
How neurons combine
Neural computing
The brain code: maps + waves
Learning and adaptation
Summary
Study questions and drawing exercises
The brain
Introduction
The cortex
Below the cortex
Summary
Study questions and drawing exercises
Brain imaging
Introduction
Electrical and magnetic fields
Functional neuroimaging: a bold new world
Correlation and causation
Summary
Study questions and drawing exercises
The art of seeing
Introduction
Functional organization of the visual system
Theories of visual consciousness: where does it happen?
Brain areas necessary for visual awareness: lesion studies
Now you see it, now you don't!
Summary
Study questions and drawing exercises
Sound, speech, and music perception
Introduction
The central auditory system
Functional mapping of auditory processing
Speech perception
Music perception
Learning and plasticity
Auditory awareness and imagery
Summary
Study questions and drawing exercises
The brain is conscious
Introduction
Waking: purposeful thoughts and actions
Attention
Executive control
Dreaming
Deep sleep: ups and downs
Exceptional states of mind
Summary
Study questions and drawing exercises
Learning and memory
Introduction
Episodic learning
Making memories last
When memories are lost
A debate: is consciousness needed for episodic learning?
Does semantic memory come from episodic traces?
Control of memory
Summary
Drawing exercises
Thinking
Introduction
Explicit thinking
Mental effort
Concepts
Implicit thinking
Summary
Study questions
Language
Introduction
The nature of language
Speaking
Words and meanings
Syntax and sequencing
Speech and melody
Meaning
Thoughts before language
Summary
Study questions and drawing Exercises
Decisions, goals, and actions
Introduction
Structure of the frontal lobes
A closer look at frontal lobe functions
Neuroimaging the executive brain
Damage to the executive brain
A current view of organizing principles of the frontal lobes
Toward a unified theory of frontal lobe function
Study questions and drawing exercises
Social cognition
Overview
An organizing framework for social cognition
Social cognition in the brain
Emotion and the social brain
Chapter review
Study questions
Growing up
Introduction
Prenatal development: from blastocyst to baby
The developing brain: a lifetime of change
Developing mind and brain
Early brain damage and developmental plasticity
Summary
Study questions
Glossary
References
Index

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