Cognitive Neuroscience Hardcover – Jun 4 2010
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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