Essentials of Cognitive Neuroscience guides undergraduate and early-stage graduate students with no previous neuroscientific background through the fundamental principles and themes in a concise, organized, and engaging manner. * Provides students with the foundation to understand primary literature, recognize current controversies in the field, and engage in discussions on cognitive neuroscience and its future * Introduces important experimental methods and techniques integrated throughout the text * Assists student comprehension through four-color images and thorough pedagogical resources throughout the text * Accompanied by a robust website with multiple choice questions, experiment vidoes, fMRI data, web links and video narratives from a global group of leading scientists for students. For Instructors there are sample syllabi and exam questions
Bradley R. Postle is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught cognitive neuroscience to undergraduates for many years and published over 75 scientific journal articles and chapters on the cognitive neuroscience of memory. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, and has previously served in this capacity at the journals NeuroImage and Cortex.
Preface xvi Acknowledgments xix Methodology Boxes xxi Walkthrough of Pedagogical Features xxii Companion Website xxiv SECTION I: THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF THINKING 1 1 Introduction and History 4 2 The Brain 22 SECTION II: SENSATION, PERCEPTION, ATTENTION, AND ACTION 51 3 Sensation and Perception of Visual Signals 54 4 Audition and Somatosensation 85 5 The Visual System 120 6 Spatial Cognition and Attention 153 7 Skeletomotor Control 196 8 Oculomotor Control and the Control of Attention 229 SECTION III: MENTAL REPRESENTATION 259 9 Visual Object Recognition and Knowledge 262 10 Neural Bases of Memory 286 11 Declarative Long?]Term Memory 312 12 Semantic Long?]Term Memory 336 13 Short?]Term and Working Memory 360 SECTION IV: HIGH-LEVEL COGNITION 395 14 Cognitive Control 397 15 Decision Making 422 16 Social Behavior 449 17 Emotion 476 18 Language 502 19 Consciousness 531 Glossary 562 Index 571