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Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness

Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognition, Brain and Consciousness provides students and readers with an overview of the study of the human brain and its cognitive development. 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. Brain recording is used to measure electric and magnetic signals in our brain. The most precise recording method is the single neuron or unit recording that uses deep needle electrodes implanted in the brain. In addition, the book discusses peoples consciousness and attention spans, which are considered complementary processes. Learning and memory capacity of the brain are also discussed. The study of cognitive neuroscience is very challenging, as every aspect of the human brain must be studied to fully understand how the brain works.


Undergraduate and graduate students in Psychology, Neuroscience, and related disciplines in which cognitive neuroscience is taught.

Hardbound, 672 Pages

Published: February 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-375070-9


  • "This extremely exciting book provides the reader the necessary basic information to appreciate how the traditional separation between the mind and the brain is nowadays challenged by the nomological network generated by the careful observation of the biological-neurological events and the related cognitive inferred concepts. Indeed, even though the ancient debate mind versus body has never ceased to be a subject of discussion by scientists and philosophers, currently it has become again a productive and stimulating scientific question, mainly because of the availability of functional neuroimaging techniques that has attracted the convergent interest of biologists, neuroscientists, and psychologists…this second edition looks quite appealing and the editors should be very proud of it. The numerous elegant and very instructive colored figures and schemas as well as the quality of printing enrich the "charme" of this book, which certainly deserves to be suggested to anyone interested in a better insight on the neurological, emotional, and cognitive processes of our brain."--Childs Nerv Syst (2020) 26:1251


  • Table of Contents.


    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)


    Mini-Atlas of the Brain



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