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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Chapter 1: Introducing Cognitive Neuroscience. Cognitive neuroscience in historical perspective. Does cognitive psychology need the brain? Does neuroscience need cognitive psychology? Boxed Material: Computational and connectionist models of cognition. Is the brain modular? Chapter 2: Introducing the Brain. Structure and function of the neuron. The gross organization of the brain. The cerebral cortex. The subcortex. The midbrain and hindbrain. Boxed Material: Ten interesting facts about the human brain. Chapter 3: The Electrophysiological Brain. In search of neural representations: Single-cell Electroencephalography (EEG) and Event Related Potentials (ERPs). Mental chronometry in electrophysiology and cognitive psychology. Magnetoencephalography. Boxed Material: Practical issues to consider when doing research. Why are caricatures easy to recognize? Chapter 4: The Imaged Brain. Structural imaging. Functional imaging. From image to cognitive theory: An example of cognitive subtraction methodology. Beyond cognitive subtraction. Event-related versus blocked designs. Analyzing data from functional imaging. Interpreting data from functional imaging. Why do functional imaging data sometimes disagree with lesion data? Is "Big Brother" round the corner? Boxed Material: Voxel based morphometry (VBM): One of the latest methods of structural analysis. Safety and ethical issues in functional imaging research. Could functional imaging be used as a lie detector? Chapter 5: The Lesioned Brain. Dissociations and associations. Single case studies. Group studies and lesion-deficit analysis. Animal models in neuropsychology. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Boxed Material: Ways of acquiring brain damage. What is the "visual" cortex of a blind person used for? Safety and ethical issues in TMS research. Facilitation, interference and functional integration using TMS. Chapter 6: The Seeing Brain. From eye to brain. Cortical blindness and "blindsight". Functional specialization of the visual cortex beyond V1. Recognizing objects. Category specificity in visual object recognition? Recognizing faces. Vision imagined. Boxed Material: Would we notice a gorilla in our midst? How does the brain respond to visual illusions? The Margaret Thatcher illusion. Chapter 7: The Spatial Brain. A spotlight on attention. Attending to visual objects: Feature-integration theory. Space, attention and the parietal lobes. Losing space: Seeing one object at a time. Losing half of space: Spatial frames and neglect. Remembering space: Does the hippocampus store a long-term map of the environment? Boxed Material: Why do actors make a hidden entrance from stage right? How is the brain fooled by a ventriloquist? Does driving a London taxi increase your grey matter? Chapter 8: The Acting Brain. A basic cognitive framework for movement and action. The role of the frontal lobes in movement and action. Planning actions: The SAS model. Ownership and awareness of actions. Action comprehension and imitation. Parietofrontal circuits for sensorymotor transformation. Using objects and tools. Preparation and execution of actions. Boxed Material: Could neural activity in the primary motor cortex be used to guide a prosthetic limb? The anarchic (or "alien") hand syndrome. How to move a phantom limb. Chapter 9: The Remembering Brain. Short-term and working memory. Different types of long-term memory. Amnesia. Memory storage and consolidation: A time-limited role for the hippocampus? Theories of remembering, know. Bookseller Inventory #

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Reflecting recent changes in the way cognition and the brain are studied, this book provides a comprehensive and student-friendly guide to cognitive neuroscience. Following an introduction to neural structure and function, all the key methods and procedures of cognitive neuroscience are explained, with a view to helping students understand how they can be used to shed light on the neural basis of cognition.

The second part of the book goes on to present an up-to-date overview of the latest theories and findings in all the key topics in cognitive neuroscience, including vision, attention, memory, speech and language, numeracy, executive function and social and emotional behaviour. Throughout, case studies, newspaper reports and everyday examples are used to provide an easy way in to understanding the more challenging ideas that underpin the subject.

In addition each chapter includes:

  • Summaries of key terms and points
  • Example essay questions to aid exam preparation
  • Recommended further reading
  • Feature boxes exploring interesting and popular questions and their implications for the subject.

Written in an engaging style by a leading researcher in the field, this book will be invaluable as a core text for undergraduate modules in cognitive neuroscience. It can also be used as a key text on courses in cognition, cognitive neuropsychology or brain and behaviour. Those embarking on research will find it an invaluable starting point and reference.

We offer CD-ROM-based resources free of charge to instructors who recommend The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience by Jamie Ward. These resources include:

  • A chapter-by-chapter, illustrated slideshow lecture course
  • An innovative bank of multiple-choice questions, graded according to difficulty and which allow for confidence-weighted answers
  • Comprehensive lecture planning advice tailored to different length courses.

Jamie Ward has researched and taught extensively in many areas of cognitive neuroscience. He is a leading authority on the subject of synaesthesia and has contributed to a wider understanding of it in both academic and lay circles.

About the Author: Jamie Ward is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK.

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