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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 training Richly illustrated with carefully selected color graphics to enhance understanding Enhanced pedagogy highlights key concepts for the student and aids in teaching - chapter outlines, study questions, glossary Ancillary support saves instructors time and facilitates learning - test questions, image collection, lecture slides, etc.
Table of Contents
|Mind and brain|
|An invitation||p. 3|
|Basic concepts||p. 5|
|Hot debates||p. 15|
|Study questions and drawing exercises||p. 23|
|A useful framework|
|Brain regions and their functions||p. 26|
|Cognitive functions||p. 27|
|Using the functional diagram||p. 47|
|Small and large mental capacities||p. 52|
|Study questions and drawing exercises||p. 56|
|The nerve cell|
|Basic features||p. 61|
|How neurons combine||p. 70|
|Neural computing||p. 78|
|The brain code: maps + waves||p. 80|
|Learning and adaptation||p. 84|
|Study questions and drawing exercises||p. 86|
|The cortex||p. 93|
|Below the cortex||p. 100|
|Study questions and drawing exercises||p. 106|
|Electrical and magnetic fields||p. 117|
|Functional neuroimaging: a bold new world||p. 126|
|Correlation and causation||p. 134|
|Study questions and drawing exercises||p. 140|
|The art of seeing|
|Functional organization of the visual system||p. 146|
|Theories of visual consciousness: where does it happen?||p. 160|
|Brain areas necessary for visual awareness: lesion studies||p. 160|
|Now you see it, now you don't!||p. 165|
|Study questions and drawing exercises||p. 172|
|Sound, speech, and music perception|
|The central auditory system||p. 184|
|Functional mapping of auditory processing||p. 189|
|Speech perception||p. 196|
|Music perception||p. 202|
|Learning and plasticity||p. 205|
|Auditory awareness and imagery||p. 206|
|Study questions and drawing exercises||p. 208|
|The brain is conscious|
|Waking: purposeful thoughts and actions||p. 214|
|Executive control||p. 239|
|Deep sleep: ups and downs||p. 245|
|Exceptional states of mind||p. 246|
|Study questions and drawing exercises||p. 251|
|Learning and memory|
|Episodic learning||p. 258|
|Making memories last||p. 265|
|When memories are lost||p. 272|
|A debate: is consciousness needed for episodic learning?||p. 278|
|Does semantic memory come from episodic traces?||p. 282|
|Control of memory||p. 284|
|Drawing exercises||p. 287|
|Explicit thinking||p. 296|
|Mental effort||p. 305|
|Implicit thinking||p. 311|
|Study questions||p. 312|
|The nature of language||p. 316|
|Words and meanings||p. 321|
|Syntax and sequencing||p. 322|
|Speech and melody||p. 323|
|Thoughts before language||p. 325|
|Study questions and drawing Exercises||p. 327|
|Decisions, goals, and actions|
|Structure of the frontal lobes||p. 334|
|A closer look at frontal lobe functions||p. 338|
|Neuroimaging the executive brain||p. 342|
|Damage to the executive brain||p. 350|
|A current view of organizing principles of the frontal lobes||p. 354|
|Toward a unified theory of frontal lobe function||p. 354|
|Study questions and drawing exercises||p. 355|
|An organizing framework for social cognition||p. 360|
|Social cognition in the brain||p. 363|
|Emotion and the social brain||p. 374|
|Chapter review||p. 381|
|Study questions||p. 382|
|Prenatal development: from blastocyst to baby||p. 387|
|The developing brain: a lifetime of change||p. 394|
|Developing mind and brain||p. 399|
|Early brain damage and developmental plasticity||p. 413|
|Study questions||p. 416|
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