- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199838526
- ISBN-13: 978-0199838523
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.8 x 6.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,818,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cognition and Neural Development 1st Edition
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About the Author
Don Tucker is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Neuroinformatics Institute at the University of Oregon.
Phan Luu is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon.
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From an overview of neural development and the shaping of brain anatomy, the authors explore the learning function, its relation to neural development, and the relationship of memory consolidation to the developmental processes. A particularly fascinating section of the book ties their theory to the experiential realities of psychology, both healthy and disordered, situated in the social context. Psychology is biology shaped by genetics and experience.
The book is filled with pearls of wisdom and insight: “Psychology is, indeed, in each moment, brain development.” “Every thought reorganizes tissue.” “Cognition is nothing more than motivated sensation and action, extended by memory.” “Learning is neural morphogenesis continued. If so, then the mechanisms of memory consolidation can be understood as the mechanisms of extended morphogenesis, shaping the brain’s architecture as the cumulative actualization of life experiences.” These claims are supported by a sophisticated understanding of neural development and brain structure and function that is presented in terms accessible to the lay reader while not shying away from the terminology of the neuroscience.
There is much more to be said about its content, but my main message is get this book if you are interested in the subjects of human consciousness and the nature of mind and self. I have read widely and deeply on the subjects of consciousness, mind, and the nature of the self. This book and Tucker’s earlier book, Mind from Body, (which is also brilliant and beautiful and for which I will write a review soon) are my most referenced. Tucker and Luu present a deeply wise and brilliant understanding of the human organism that is both technically sound and compassionate.