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.
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
Bradley R. Postle is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has taught cognitive neuroscience to undergraduates for many years and published over 75 scientific journal articles and chapters on the cognitive neuroscience of memory. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, and has previously served in this capacity at the journals NeuroImage and Cortex.