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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 3 edition (June 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840032986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840032980
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
a blend of highs and lows July 9 2012
By A. Mills - Published on
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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.
Better than expected! Jan. 8 2015
By P. Conner - Published on
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I love this book. Needed it for a class but I'm still considering keeping it.
It's pretty intimidating material but the author does a great job of clearly explaining points and concepts in a fairly step by step manner.
I can't compare it to other similar books, but if you need it for school you could do much worse. Illustrations are very helpful as well.
A complete and well written book, yet sort of a difficult reading. Oct. 22 2013
By Wanda I. Castro Medina - Published on
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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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Difficult read April 26 2013
By Lavienrose30 - Published on
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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.
Three Stars Feb. 25 2015
By Kelsy - Published on
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Lots of highlighting but good other than that