Written by two leading experts in the field, this fully updated textbook takes a unique approach to introducing concepts of cognitive neurosciences. Many educational fields now require a basic understanding of cognitive neuroscience but other textbooks on the market are written for biology audiences, rather than for psychology and related majors. This text takes a thematic approach that is clear and understandable to those with or without a background in biology or neuroscience. New to this edition are Frontiers in Cognitive Neuroscience text boxes; each one focuses on a leading researcher and their topic of expertise. There is a new chapter on Genes and Molecules of Cognition, and all other chapters have been thoroughly revised, based on the most recent discoveries. New material has been added on the latest advances in brain imaging.
Reviewer:Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description:This is an outstanding comprehensive new introductory textbook on cognitive neuroscience. Written and edited by internationally recognized scientist-educators, it would serve as an excellent accompaniment to an undergraduate course on the brain and behavior.
Purpose:As noted by the editors, cognitive neuroscience has become a basic prerequisite for study in psychology, biology, education, and medicine and it has been difficult to cover the needed material in a single course. This book attempts to solve that problem by synthesizing the material into a functional framework that helps to organize the knowledge around familiar domains, such as sensory perception in vision and audition. The editors and authors have produced an extremely useful textbook.
Audience:It is intended for undergraduate psychology, premedical, education, and neuroscience students.
Features:All the major areas are covered including mind and brain; neurons and their connections; brain imaging; neuroanatomy; vision; hearing and speech; attention and consciousness; learning and memory; thinking and problem solving; language; goals, executive control, and action; emotion; social cognition; and development. Appendix A reviews the concept of neural models and Appendix B covers methods for studying brain and behavior. The reference section is comprehensive with pertinent and contemporary citations of the relevant scientific literature. The illustrations and images are outstanding and great learning tools.
Assessment:This is a wonderful introductory cognitive neuroscience textbook that would be an excellent required book for an undergraduate course. I highly recommend it.