Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience: A Beginner's Guide

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-01

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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

Prefacep. vii
Mind and brain
An invitationp. 3
Basic conceptsp. 5
Hot debatesp. 15
Study questions and drawing exercisesp. 23
A useful framework
Brain regions and their functionsp. 26
Cognitive functionsp. 27
Using the functional diagramp. 47
Small and large mental capacitiesp. 52
Summaryp. 55
Study questions and drawing exercisesp. 56
The nerve cell
Introductionp. 60
Basic featuresp. 61
How neurons combinep. 70
Neural computingp. 78
The brain code: maps + wavesp. 80
Learning and adaptationp. 84
Summaryp. 86
Study questions and drawing exercisesp. 86
The brain
Introductionp. 90
The cortexp. 93
Below the cortexp. 100
Summaryp. 106
Study questions and drawing exercisesp. 106
Brain imaging
Introductionp. 110
Electrical and magnetic fieldsp. 117
Functional neuroimaging: a bold new worldp. 126
Correlation and causationp. 134
Summaryp. 139
Study questions and drawing exercisesp. 140
The art of seeing
Introductionp. 142
Functional organization of the visual systemp. 146
Theories of visual consciousness: where does it happen?p. 160
Brain areas necessary for visual awareness: lesion studiesp. 160
Now you see it, now you don't!p. 165
Summaryp. 171
Study questions and drawing exercisesp. 172
Sound, speech, and music perception
Introductionp. 177
The central auditory systemp. 184
Functional mapping of auditory processingp. 189
Speech perceptionp. 196
Music perceptionp. 202
Learning and plasticityp. 205
Auditory awareness and imageryp. 206
Summaryp. 208
Study questions and drawing exercisesp. 208
The brain is conscious
Introductionp. 212
Waking: purposeful thoughts and actionsp. 214
Attentionp. 229
Executive controlp. 239
Dreamingp. 241
Deep sleep: ups and downsp. 245
Exceptional states of mindp. 246
Summaryp. 250
Study questions and drawing exercisesp. 251
Learning and memory
Introductionp. 254
Episodic learningp. 258
Making memories lastp. 265
When memories are lostp. 272
A debate: is consciousness needed for episodic learning?p. 278
Does semantic memory come from episodic traces?p. 282
Control of memoryp. 284
Summaryp. 286
Drawing exercisesp. 287
Introductionp. 290
Explicit thinkingp. 296
Mental effortp. 305
Conceptsp. 308
Implicit thinkingp. 311
Summaryp. 312
Study questionsp. 312
Introductionp. 315
The nature of languagep. 316
Speakingp. 320
Words and meaningsp. 321
Syntax and sequencingp. 322
Speech and melodyp. 323
Meaningp. 325
Thoughts before languagep. 325
Summaryp. 326
Study questions and drawing Exercisesp. 327
Decisions, goals, and actions
Introductionp. 330
Structure of the frontal lobesp. 334
A closer look at frontal lobe functionsp. 338
Neuroimaging the executive brainp. 342
Damage to the executive brainp. 350
A current view of organizing principles of the frontal lobesp. 354
Toward a unified theory of frontal lobe functionp. 354
Study questions and drawing exercisesp. 355
Social cognition
Overviewp. 358
An organizing framework for social cognitionp. 360
Social cognition in the brainp. 363
Emotion and the social brainp. 374
Chapter reviewp. 381
Study questionsp. 382
Growing up
Introductionp. 384
Prenatal development: from blastocyst to babyp. 387
The developing brain: a lifetime of changep. 394
Developing mind and brainp. 399
Early brain damage and developmental plasticityp. 413
Summaryp. 416
Study questionsp. 416
Glossaryp. 419
Referencesp. 435
Indexp. 453
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