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Brain Evolution and Cognition

Roth, Gerhard; Wullimann, Mario F. , Eds.

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ISBN 10: 0471331708 / ISBN 13: 9780471331704
Published by John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2000
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Title: Brain Evolution and Cognition

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publication Date: 2000

Book Condition:Fine

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Can one fully understand the mechanisms of brain evolution? Why have some brains become large and complex, and others small and simple, while still others have remained the same for hundreds of millions of years? Where, how, and why did cognition evolve? Is there any definable relationship between cognitive function and brain structure and function? These are just some of the questions posed by the contributing authors of this unique book. By bringing together two intrinsically related topics-the structural evolution of the brain and the concomitant evolution of cognitive functions-Brain Evolution and Cognition addresses the much debated topic of brain evolution, cognitive functions, and the relationship between them.
Uniting information on structural brain variability and cognitive aspects in one text, this book provides a survey of the current status of what is known about animal cognition and its relationship to the underlying diversity of brain structures. This volume cuts across boundaries by introducing data on various species and also:
* Reviews developmental and adult brain organization in an evolutionary context
* Presents case studies of vertebrate brain evolution
* Offers an overview of cognition from neural basis to behavior
* Is accessible to a broad range of readers with its nontechnical writing style
* Includes lavish illustrations for a clear and concise presentation of concepts
With contributions by world-renowned leaders in their fields, Brain Evolution and Cognition is an indispensable reference for neuroanatomists, neuroethologists, evolutionary biologists, developmental biologists, neurologists, neuroscientists, zoologists, and cognitive and behavioral psychologists.


"Brain Evolution and Cognition is one of the best testimonies to the liveliness and richness of the debate on brain evolution and cognition as it stands today.... In a subject (consciousness) where people so often speculate from thought-experiments and intuition, it's particularly gratifying to read such rigorously grounded thinking...this book is certainly a welcome contribution and a valuable read to all of those puzzled by that most amazing of organs - the brain." --Metapsychology Online Book Review (Isabel Gois, King's College London)

" of the best testimonies to the liveliness and richness of the debate on brain evolution and cognition as it stands today...a welcome contribution and a valuable read..." (Metapsychology Online, November 25, 2001)

"Biologists in various specialties address such questions as whether it is possible to draw principles of brain evolution; why some brains become large and complex, others become small and simple, and still other remained as they were for hundreds of millions of years...." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 25, No. 4, December 2001)

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