The Executive Brain

The Executive Brain : The Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind

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This text is about the frontal lobes - one of the most important and rapidly evolving topics in contemporary neuroscience and neuropsychology. The author shows how the frontal lobes, this most human part of the brain, enable us to engage in complex mental processes, how the frontal lobes control our judgment, and our social and ethical behaviour. The book also shows how vulnerable the frontal lobes are to injury and how devastating the effects of frontal-lobe damage often are, leading to chaotic, disorganized, asocial and even criminal behaviour.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 162.3 x 241 x 21.6mm | 587.22g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 5 halftones, 18 line illustrations
  • 0195140222
  • 9780195140224

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"[Goldberg's] book is especially relevant for educators, who should both understand the executive brain functions that are maturing in their students and think creatively about how best to nurture such functions." --Contemporary PsychologyFrom the foreword by Oliver Sacks: ..".a brilliant exposition of the complex functions of the frontal lobes, this most recently evolved and especially human part of the brain...a highly engaging and intimate memoir, a sort of intellectual autobiography, no less than a grand piece of scientific reporting and 'popular' science...It is only now, at the dawn of the 21st century, that we are beginning to get the full measure of [the living body's] complexity, to see how nature and culture interact, and how brain and mind produce each other. There are a handful, a small handful, of remarkable books which address these central problems with great force--those of Gerald Edelman and Antonio Damasio at once come to mind--and to this select number, Elkhonon Goldberg's book The Executive Brain should surely be added.""Finally, here is a world-renowned neuropsychologist who valiantly defies the fashionable new phrenologies of the frontal lobe. His book is a highly welcome product of erudition, love of history and phenomenological insight. Alexandr Luria, that great humanist and master scientist of the human brain, would undoubtedly have been proud of his pupil and this timely scholarly work."--Joaquin M. Fuster, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute..".a masterful review of Elkhonon (Nick) Goldberg's decades-long investigation of the frontal lobes, weaving this personal and professional experiences into the account...I recommend this book to all students of brain and behavior, from neophyte to expert. Professor Goldberg is clearly the modern successor to his mentor, Professor Alexandr Luria, who would have been proud to have seen this work."--Allan F. Mirsky, Ph.D., Chief, Section on Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH"Students of the brain are usually brainy, but they are not always human. Elkhonon Goldberg has lived probingly and researched passionately. He looks at our frontal lobes with thought and feeling, opening important new vistas. So precise and rigorous is his mind, he can even dare to be romantic!"--Peter Brook, Theatre and Film Director"A deeply humane book on a subject that is usually treated as if it were only technical--what processes make it possible for us to rise above present exigencies, to hope and to plan, to live in a symbolic world of culture. Goldberg's subtle and powerful approach to understanding how the frontal lobes equip us to achieve our humanity is not only fresh and original, but is a bracing antidote to the kind of 'mini-phrenology' that has become so fashionable these days. A superb blend of clinical insight and scientific acumen."--Jerome Bruner, University Professor, New York University "[Goldberg's] book is especially relevant for educators, who should both understand the executive brain functions that are maturing in their students and think creatively about how best to nurture such functions." --Contemporary Psychology From the foreword by Oliver Sacks: .,."a brilliant exposition of the complex functions of the frontal lobes, this most recently evolved and especially human part of the brain...a highly engaging and intimate memoir, a sort of intellectual autobiography, no less than a grand piece of scientific reporting and 'popular' science...It is only now, at the dawn of the 21st century, that we are beginning to get the full measure of [the living body's] complexity, to see how nature and culture interact, and how brain and mind produce each other. There are a handful, a small handful, of remarkable books which address these central problems with great force--those of Gerald Edelman and Antonio Damasio at once come to mind--and to this select number, Elkhonon Goldberg's book The Executive Brain should surely be added." "Finally, here is a world-renowned neuropsychologist who valiantly defies the fashionable new phrenologies of the frontal lobe. His book is a highly welcome product of erudition, love of history and phenomenological insight. Alexandr Luria, that great humanist and master scientist of the human brain, would undoubtedly have been proud of his pupil and this timely scholarly work."--Joaquin M. Fuster, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute .,."a masterful review of Elkhonon (Nick) Goldberg's decades-long investigation of the frontal lobes, weaving this personal and professionalexperiences into the account...I recommend this book to all students of brain and behavior, from neophyte to expert. Professor Goldberg is clearly the modern successor to his mentor, Professor Alexandr Luria, who would have been proud to have seen this work."--Allan F. Mirsky, Ph.D., Chief, Section on Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH "Students of the brain are usually brainy, but they are not always human. Elkhonon Goldberg has lived probingly and researched passionately. He looks at our frontal lobes with thought and feeling, opening important new vistas. So precise and rigorous is his mind, he can even dare to be romantic!"--Peter Brook, Theatre and Film Director "A deeply humane book on a subject that is usually treated as if it were only technical--what processes make it possible for us to rise above present exigencies, to hope and to plan, to live in a symbolic world of culture. Goldberg's subtle and powerful approach to understanding how the frontal lobes equip us to achieve our humanity is not only fresh and original, but is a bracing antidote to the kind of 'mini-phrenology' that has become so fashionable these days. A superb blend of clinical insight and scientific acumen."--Jerome Bruner, University Professor, New York University "[Goldberg's] book is especially relevant for educators, who should both understand the executive brain functions that are maturing in their students and think creatively about how best to nurture such functions." --Contemporary Psychology From the foreword by Oliver Sacks: , .."a brilliant exposition of the complex functions of the frontal lobes, this most recently evolved and especially human part of the brain...a highly engaging and intimate memoir, a sort of intellectual autobiography, no less than a grand piece of scientific reporting and 'popular' science...It is only now, at the dawn of the 21st century, that we are beginning to get the full measure of [the living body's] complexity, to see how nature and culture interact, and how brain and mind produce each other. There are a handful, a small handful, of remarkable books which address these central problems with great force--those of Gerald Edelman and Antonio Damasio at once come to mind--and to this select number, Elkhonon Goldberg's book The Executive Brain should surely be added." "Finally, here is a world-renowned neuropsychologist who valiantly defies the fashionable new phrenologies of the frontal lobe. His book is a highly welcome product of erudition, love of history and phenomenological insight. Alexandr Luria, that great humanist and master scientist of the human brain, would undoubtedly have been proud of his pupil and this timely scholarly work."--Joaquin M. Fuster, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute , .."a masterful review of Elkhonon (Nick) Goldberg's decades-long investigation of the frontallobes, weaving this personal and professional experiences into the account...I recommend this book to all students of brain and behavior, from neophyte to expert. Professor Goldberg is clearly the modern successor to his mentor, Professor Alexandr Luria, who would have been proud to have seen this work."--Allan F. Mirsky, Ph.D., Chief, Section on Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH "Students of the brain are usually brainy, but they are not always human. Elkhonon Goldberg has lived probingly and researched passionately. He looks at our frontal lobes with thought and feeling, opening important new vistas. So precise and rigorous is his mind, he can even dare to be romantic!"--Peter Brook, Theatre and Film Director "A deeply humane book on a subject that is usually treated as if it were only technical--what processes make it possible for us to rise above present exigencies, to hope and to plan, to live in a symbolic world of culture. Goldberg's subtle and powerful approach to understanding how the frontal lobes equip us to achieve our humanity is not only fresh and original, but is a bracing antidote to the kind of 'mini-phrenology' that has become so fashionable these days. A superb blend of clinical insight and scientific acumen."--Jerome Bruner, University Professor, New York University "[Goldberg's] book is especially relevant for educators, who should both understand the executive brain functions that are maturing in their students and think creatively about how best to nurture such functions." --Contemporary PsychologyFrom the foreword by Oliver Sacks: .,."a brilliant exposition of the complex functions of the frontal lobes, this most recently evolved and especially human part of the brain...a highly engaging and intimate memoir, a sort of intellectual autobiography, no less than a grand piece of scientificreporting and 'popular' science...It is only now, at the dawn of the 21st century, that we are beginning to get the full measure of [the living body's] complexity, to see how nature and culture interact, and how brain and mind produce each other. There are a handful, a small handful, of remarkablebooks which address these central problems with great force--those of Gerald Edelman and Antonio Damasio at once come to mind--and to this select number, Elkhonon Goldberg's book The Executive Brain should surely be added.""Finally, here is a world-renowned neuropsychologist who valiantly defies the fashionable new phrenologies of the frontal lobe. His book is a highly welcome product of erudition, love of history and phenomenological insight. Alexandr Luria, that great humanist and master scientist of the humanbrain, would undoubtedly have been proud of his pupil and this timely scholarly work."--Joaquin M. Fuster, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.,."a masterful review of Elkhonon (Nick) Goldberg's decades-long investigation of the frontal lobes, weaving this personal andprofessional experiences into the account...I recommend this book to all students of brain and behavior, from neophyte to expert. Professor Goldberg is clearly the modernsuccessor to his mentor, Professor Alexandr Luria, who would have been proud to have seen this work."--Allan F. Mirsky, Ph.D., Chief, Section on Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH"Students of the brain are usually brainy, but they are not always human. Elkhonon Goldberg has lived probingly and researched passionately. He looks at our frontal lobes with thought and feeling, opening important new vistas. So precise and rigorous is his mind, he can even dare to beromantic!"--Peter Brook, Theatre and Film Director"A deeply humane book on a subject that is usually treated as if it were only technical--what processes make it possible for us to rise above present exigencies, to hope and to plan, to live in a symbolic world of culture. Goldberg's subtle and powerful approach to understanding how the frontallobes equip us to achieve our humanity is not only fresh and original, but is a bracing antidote to the kind of 'mini-phrenology' that has become so fashionable these days. A superb blend of clinical insight and scientific acumen."--Jerome Bruner, University Professor, New York University "�Goldberg's� book is especially relevant for educators, who should both understand the executive brain functions that are maturing in their students and think creatively about how best to nurture such functions." --Contemporary PsychologyFrom the foreword by Oliver Sacks: ..."a brilliant exposition of the complex functions of the frontal lobes, this most recently evolved and especially human part of the brain...a highly engaging and intimate memoir, a sort of intellectual autobiography, no less than a grand piece of scientificreporting and 'popular' science...It is only now, at the dawn of the 21st century, that we are beginning to get the full measure of �the living body's� complexity, to see how nature and culture interact, and how brain and mind produce each other. There are a handful, a small handful, of remarkablebooks which address these central problems with great force--those of Gerald Edelman and Antonio Damasio at once come to mind--and to this select number, Elkhonon Goldberg's book The Executive Brain should surely be added.""Finally, here is a world-renowned neuropsychologist who valiantly defies the fashionable new phrenologies of the frontal lobe. His book is a highly welcome product of erudition, love of history and phenomenological insight. Alexandr Luria, that great humanist and master scientist of the humanbrain, would undoubtedly have been proud of his pupil and this timely scholarly work."--Joaquin M. Fuster, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute..."a masterful review of Elkhonon (Nick) Goldberg's decades-long investigation of the frontal lobes, weaving this personal andprofessional experiences into the account...I recommend this book to all students of brain and behavior, from neophyte to expert. Professor Goldberg is clearly the modernsuccessor to his mentor, Professor Alexandr Luria, who would have been proud to have seen this work."--Allan F. Mirsky, Ph.D., Chief, Section on Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH"Students of the brain are usually brainy, but they are not always human. Elkhonon Goldberg has lived probingly and researched passionately. He looks at our frontal lobes with thought and feeling, opening important new vistas. So precise and rigorous is his mind, he can even dare to beromantic!"--Peter Brook, Theatre and Film Director"A deeply humane book on a subject that is usually treated as if it were only technical--what processes make it possible for us to rise above present exigencies, to hope and to plan, to live in a symbolic world of culture. Goldberg's subtle and powerful approach to understanding how the frontallobes equip us to achieve our humanity is not only fresh and original, but is a bracing antidote to the kind of 'mini-phrenology' that has become so fashionable these days. A superb blend of clinical insight and scientific acumen."--Jerome Bruner, University Professor, New York Universityshow more

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