Essentials of Cognitive Neuroscience

  • ID: 2936001
  • Book
  • 608 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Essentials of Cognitive Neuroscience guides undergraduate students with no previous scientific background through the fundamental principles and themes in a concise, organized, and engaging manner. It is designed to provide students with a foundation to understand primary literature, recognize current controversies in the field, and engage in discussions on cognitive neuroscience and its future.

Presented in full color, it contains a range of pedagogical features to aid student learning and understanding. Unique to this text, important experimental methods and techniques are introduced in individual Methodology boxes throughout the text, tying them explicitly to the scientific questions that motivate their use. The text is accompanied by a robust website with resources for students and instructors, including a 3–D interactive brain model, multiple choice and essay questions, PowerPoint slides, learning objectives, flashcards, web resources, experiment videos, fMRI data, and and innovative video narratives in which key points from each chapter are explained by experts in these areas of research.

Providing fundamental knowledge without an avalanche of overwhelming data, this textbook prepares students to understand and discuss the dynamic field of cognitive neuroscience in the 21st century.

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Preface xvi

Acknowledgments xix

Methodology Boxes xxi

Walkthrough of Pedagogical Features xxii

Companion Website xxiv

SECTION I: THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF THINKING 1

1 Introduction and History 4

2 The Brain 22

SECTION II: SENSATION, PERCEPTION, ATTENTION, AND ACTION 51

3 Sensation and Perception of Visual Signals 54

4 Audition and Somatosensation 85

5 The Visual System 120

6 Spatial Cognition and Attention 153

7 Skeletomotor Control 196

8 Oculomotor Control and the Control of Attention 229

SECTION III: MENTAL REPRESENTATION 259

9 Visual Object Recognition and Knowledge 262

10 Neural Bases of Memory 286

11 Declarative Long?]Term Memory 312

12 Semantic Long?]Term Memory 336

13 Short?]Term and Working Memory 360

SECTION IV: HIGH–LEVEL COGNITION 395

14 Cognitive Control 397

15 Decision Making 422

16 Social Behavior 449

17 Emotion 476

18 Language 502

19 Consciousness 531

Glossary 562

Index 571

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