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Cognitive Neuroscience [Hardcover]

Marie T. Banich , Rebecca J. Compton
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June 4 2010 0840032986 978-0840032980 3
This text balances experimental and clinical perspectives with a survey of a variety of mental functions. In a conversational style, the authors provide clear, accessible explanations of difficult concepts, making use of analogies and case studies to illustrate them. A consistent structure throughout each chapter defines a mental function and the role of each part or parts of the brain in that function, followed by a discussion of what neuropsychological syndromes say about the cognitive and neural organization of the mental function.

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PART I: FUNDAMENTALS. 1. Intro to the Nervous System. 2. How Neurons Communicate. 3. Methods. 4. Lateralization of Function. PART II: NEURAL BASES OF MENTAL FUNCTIONS. 5. Motor Control. 6. Early Perceptual Processing. 7. Object Recognition. 8. Spatial Processing. 9. Language. 10. Memory. 11. Attention. 12. Executive Function. 13. Emotion & Social Processing. PART III: BROAD-BASED PHENOMENA. 14. Psychopathology. 15. Plasticity and Development. 16. Generalized Cognitive Disorders. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book, great study guide Dec 20 2013
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Book in perfect condition, needed for my Masters in Counselling Psychology, really helpful book. Smaller in size than expected but that made reading easier to be honest.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a blend of highs and lows July 9 2012
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I had this text for my Physiological Psychology class in the final semester of my 4-year undergraduate degree and it was the single hardest text I had to read throughout the four years. At the end of my degree I have a GPA of 4.0/4.0 so I'm no dummy; the problem was not my ability. It used to take me about 10-12 hrs to read a single chapter because it was such hard going. The material covered in this text is very complex and made even more difficult for a learner to comprehend because the writing is unnecessarily complex and there is inconsistent use of terminology (although I acknowledge that that is partly a feature of the neuropsych field).

On the other hand, my prof, who has published plenty of peer reviewed papers in neuro-psych journals but isn't exactly the pinnacle of clear communication either, said that the text did a good job of summarizing the breadth of material in a field that is currently exploding with new findings. He knows the field better than me, so I'll take that to be reasonably true on his authority. I can't compare this cognitive neuropsych text with other cognitive neuropsych texts because I've only studied this one, whereas he has taught from several over the decades he's been lecturing. After wading through the hellishly-dense language, in the end the content was very interesting and I could definitely see the practical implications of the science. After finishing the class I am able to very comfortably comprehend neuropsych reports in the popular science literature and I can limp through the peer-reviewed research reports, so I must have learned something from this text, with a little assistance from the prof.

It has most of the usual features of good textbooks these days: explanitary diagrams, images, charts, chapter-end lists of key terms (although I found the glossary to not be thorough enough), excellent bibliographic reference that I relied upon a few times (gotta love that free access to journal articles thru the university library)... but plain English is NOT its stong point.
4.0 out of 5 stars A complete and well written book, yet sort of a difficult reading. Oct. 22 2013
By Wanda I. Castro Medina - Published on Amazon.com
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It's got tons of good information, though it's a sort of dense reading. It's well illustrated and and specific in it's details. But again, it is a complicated reading, good for grad school level students or higher.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult read April 26 2013
By Lavienrose30 - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to use this book as a requirement for a cognitive psychology course and this is a difficult read! This book is written for a higher level than an undergraduate in my opinion. Barely got thru this course due to a generous professor.if not, I would have failed for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Nov. 26 2011
By beaux9355 - Published on Amazon.com
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It is really a good book and it is just what the seller describes. It is helpful for learning cognitive psychology and you can buy the same book from this seller but by half of the normal price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good June 1 2013
By julie t. - Published on Amazon.com
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All is good with this text.
Arrived on time and was intact.
Had a few highlighter sections which I don't think was mentioned but overall it was good.
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