- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Psychology Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841695351
- ISBN-13: 978-1841695358
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience is an excellent resource for anyone who is keen to understand the contribution that neuroscience can make to education, psychology and other related disciplines... However, perhaps more importantly than this, the reader is provided with information to allow them to go on to explore neuroscience research in the future; ... The book has been written in a clear and readable style that should make it accessible even to those without a background in the area. ... This book provides and excellent new addition to the growing dicsipline of cognitive neuroscience, and is sure to be of great use to anyone seeking to know more about this area. It will be of great value use to teachers of courses that involve a neuroscience component, such as psychology, as a central text in this area." - Dr. Sue Pickering, University of Bristol, in ESCalate
"Jamie Ward manages to explain complicated features of cognitive neuroscience by introducing examples, articles from the media, historical cameos and case studies to provide an engaging and challenging book. ... This is a seminal text that is all the more impressive for bringing cognitive neuroscience to life for subject students and non-experts alike." - Dr. Judith Whitmarsh, University of Wolverhampton,in ESCalate
"This is a terrific book. It is timely, up-to-date, written in a lively and engaging style and full of helpful guides and illustrations. It is particularly useful in including chapters on methods as well as on more traditional topic areas, in integrating work from neuropsychology with electrophysiological and imaging studies, and in covering social and emotional processes as well as cognitive processing." - Glyn Humphreys, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, University of Birmingham
"The Student's Guide To Cognitive Neuroscience is unique in that there are no comparable textbooks aimed at this level and it does an excellent job of providing a solid grounding in this broad field." - Charvy Narain, in Nature Neuroscience
"Jamie Ward has done a great service to the neuroscience community: he has written an easy to read, enjoyable introduction to cognitive neuroscience that will attract many students to the discipline. The concepts, results and methods of basic neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology, neuroimaging and cognitive pyschology are explained in simple direct language; many examples and illustrations bring the sciences of the mind and brain to life. Perhaps the best feature of the book is the seamless weaving of the various research areas that jointly define cognitive neuroscience into a coherent whole. I will certainly use this book for my courses." - Professor Alfonso Caramazza, the Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory, Harvard University.
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Jamie Ward is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK.
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This book fills that need, and could be read not only by students who are entering the field of cognitive neuroscience but by those, who, like this reviewer, are very interested in the field. The small size of the book already dictates that much of it will read like a literature review, with pointers to many references, but the author gives enough detail to allow the reader to appreciate the subject matter. Readers who crave more in-depth coverage can consult the many references that are given in the book.
Everything about cognitive neuroscience is fascinating, and there are new surprises coming out of the laboratories on a daily basis. Some of the more recent ones, particularly those that make use of functional MRI and TMS are discussed in this book. The author also includes an historical introduction that puts the field in its proper context, and also serves to distinguish it from more speculative approaches that one finds in philosophy departments around the world. Particularly interesting because of its importance in artificial intelligence is the discussion in this introduction of domain specificity and modularity.
But the functions of the brain, whether they are localized or modularized, are characterized in cognitive neuroscience by studying individuals who show impairment of these functions. The author characterizes this strategy as being a compromise between that of (classical) neuro-psychology, which favors group studies, and cognitive neuro-psychology that favors single case studies. Typically it is lesions that cause impairments of cognitive processes, and it is quite surprising sometimes to learn to what degree these impairments are disentangled from other "nearby" brain processes. In this regard the author discusses `double dissociation' between cognitive/neural processes. Even more interesting because of its importance in artificial intelligence is the notion of `dual-task interference' wherein two tasks share the same cognitive processes. A better name for this might be the "entanglement" between two tasks, and it is the opinion of this reviewer that the study of the degree to which two tasks cannot be performed independently of one another is of utmost importance in understanding the brain as a computational machine.