Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience

Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience

A Beginner's Guide

1st Edition - January 18, 2012

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  • Authors: Bernard Baars, Nicole Gage
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124158658

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Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience is a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide to cognitive neuroscience. Winner of a 2013 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association, this book was written by two leading experts in the field to be highly accessible to undergraduates with limited neuroscience training. It covers 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. This introductory 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. It includes case studies and everyday examples designed to help students understand the more challenging aspects of the material. It is 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, and image collection are also available on the student's companion website. Ancillary support saves instructors time and facilitates learning; test questions, image collection, and lecture slides are available on the instructor's manual website. This book will be of interest to undergraduate students in Neuroscience, Psychology, and related disciplines that teach cognitive neuroscience.

Key Features

  • Provides a 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, and image collection are also available on student's companion website
  • Ancillary support saves instructors time and facilitates learning - test questions, image collection, and lecture slides available on instructor's manual website

Readership

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

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter 1. Mind and brain

    1.0. An invitation

    2.0. Basic concepts

    3.0. Hot debates

    4.0. Study questions and drawing exercises

    Chapter 2. A useful framework

    1.0. Brain regions and their functions

    2.0. Cognitive functions

    3.0. Using the functional diagram

    4.0. Small and large mental capacities

    5.0. Summary

    6.0. Study questions and drawing exercises

    Chapter 3. The nerve cell

    1.0. Introduction

    2.0. Basic features

    3.0. How neurons combine

    4.0. Neural computing

    5.0. The brain code: maps + waves

    6.0. Learning and adaptation

    7.0. Summary

    8.0. Study questions and drawing exercises

    Chapter 4. The brain

    1.0. Introduction

    2.0. The cortex

    3.0. Below the cortex

    4.0. Summary

    5.0. Study questions and drawing exercises

    Chapter 5. Brain imaging

    1.0. Introduction

    2.0. Electrical and magnetic fields

    3.0. Functional neuroimaging: a bold new world

    4.0. Correlation and causation

    5.0. Summary

    6.0. Study questions and drawing exercises

    Chapter 6. The art of seeing

    1.0. Introduction

    2.0. Functional organization of the visual system

    3.0. Theories of visual consciousness: where does it happen?

    4.0. Brain areas necessary for visual awareness: lesion studies

    5.0. Now you see it, now you don't!

    6.0. Summary

    7.0. Study questions and drawing exercises

    Chapter 7. Sound, speech, and music perception

    1.0. Introduction

    2.0. The central auditory system

    3.0. Functional mapping of auditory processing

    4.0. Speech perception

    5.0. Music perception

    6.0. Learning and plasticity

    7.0. Auditory awareness and imagery

    8.0. Summary

    9.0. Study questions and drawing exercises

    Chapter 8. The brain is conscious

    1.0. Introduction

    2.0. Waking: purposeful thoughts and actions

    3.0. Attention

    4.0. Executive control

    5.0. Dreaming

    6.0. Deep sleep: ups and downs

    7.0. Exceptional states of mind

    8.0. Summary

    9.0. Study questions and drawing exercises

    Chapter 9. Learning and memory

    1.0. Introduction

    2.0. Episodic learning

    3.0. Making memories last

    4.0. When memories are lost

    5.0. A debate: is consciousness needed for episodic learning?

    6.0. Does semantic memory come from episodic traces?

    7.0. Control of memory

    8.0. Summary

    9.0. Drawing exercises

    Chapter 10. Thinking

    1.0. Introduction

    2.0. Explicit thinking

    3.0. Mental effort

    4.0. Concepts

    5.0. Implicit thinking

    6.0. Summary

    7.0. Study questions

    Chapter 11. Language

    1.0. Introduction

    2.0. The nature of language

    3.0. Speaking

    4.0. Words and meanings

    5.0. Syntax and sequencing

    6.0. Speech and melody

    7.0. Meaning

    8.0. Thoughts before language

    9.0. Summary

    10.0. Study questions and drawing exercises

    Chapter 12. Decisions, goals, and actions

    1.0. Introduction

    2.0. Structure of the frontal lobes

    3.0. A closer look at frontal lobe functions

    4.0. Neuroimaging the executive brain

    5.0. Damage to the executive brain

    6.0. A current view of organizing principles of the frontal lobes

    7.0. Toward a unified theory of frontal lobe function

    8.0. Study questions and drawing exercises

    Chapter 13. Social cognition

    1.0. Overview

    2.0. An organizing framework for social cognition

    3.0. Social cognition in the brain

    4.0. Emotion and the social brain

    5.0. Chapter review

    6.0. Study questions

    Chapter 14. Growing up

    1.0. Introduction

    2.0. Prenatal development: from blastocyst to baby

    3.0. The developing brain: a lifetime of change

    4.0. Developing mind and brain

    5.0. Early brain damage and developmental plasticity

    6.0. Summary

    7.0. Study questions

    Glossary

    References

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: January 18, 2012
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124158658

About the Authors

Bernard Baars

Dr. Baars is a former senior fellow at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California, and a worldwide leader in the study of cognitive architecture and consciousness. He cofounded both the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and the Academic Press journal Consciousness & Cognition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Affiliated Fellow, Theoretical Neurobiology, The Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla, California, USA

Nicole Gage

Nicole Gage
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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Researcher, Department of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine, USA

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