It discusses brain molecules and their primary function, which is to help carry brain signals to and from the different parts of the human body. These molecules are also essential for understanding language, learning, perception, thinking, and other cognitive functions of our brain. The book also presents the tools that can be used to view the human brain through brain imaging or recording.
New to this edition are Frontiers in Cognitive Neuroscience text boxes, each one focusing on a leading researcher and their topic of expertise. There is a new chapter on Genes and Molecules of Cognition; all other chapters have been thoroughly revised, based on the most recent discoveries.
This text is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in Psychology, Neuroscience, and related disciplines in which cognitive neuroscience is taught. - A textbook with an easy-to-understand thematic approach: in a way that is clear for students from a variety of academic backgrounds, the text introduces concepts such as working memory, selective attention, and social cognition.- A step-by-step guide for introducing students to brain anatomy: color graphics have been carefully selected to illustrate all points and the research explained. Beautifully clear artist's drawings are used to 'build a brain' from top to bottom, simplifying the layout of the brain.
- An easy-to-read, complete introduction to mind-brain science: all chapters begin from mind-brain functions and build a coherent picture of their brain basis. A single, widely accepted functional framework is used to capture the major phenomena. - Learning Aids include a student support site with study guides and exercises, a new Mini-Atlas of the Brain and a full Glossary of technical terms and their definitions.- Richly illustrated with hundreds of carefully selected color graphics to enhance understanding.
1. Mind and brain 2. A framework 3. Neurons and their connections 4. The tools: Imaging the living brain 5. The brain 6. Vision 7. Hearing and speech 8. Attention and consciousness 9. Learning and memory 10. Thinking and problem-solving 11. Language 12. Goals, executive control, and action 13. Emotion 14. Social cognition: Perceiving the mental states of others 15. Development 16. The genes and molecules of cognition Appendix -- Methods for observing the living brain (Ramsoy, Olaf Paulson, Copenhagen)
Gage, Nicole M.
Dr. Gage is a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, and the director of UCI's Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Laboratory. She actively teaches in the area of consciousness and cognition and is the coauthor, with Bernard Baars, of our highly successful graduate-level cognitive neuroscience textbook on which Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience is based.