Perspectives on Cognitive Neuroscience

Perspectives on Cognitive Neuroscience

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In this volume of original papers, the editors have assembled the work of some of the most eminent experts in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and neuropsychology with the goal of integrating the diverse and growing body of research emerging in these diverse fields. The need for such a synthesis is clear. Today, neuronal events are being described with increasing precision, while our understanding of the neuroanatomy of the central nervous system has grown tremendously. We have also learned a great deal about how neurons communicate with one another, and the dynamic neurochemical and neurophysiological processes involved in information processing. However, all of this information would be lifeless if it were not possible to relate neurobiological events to behavior. The ultimate goal of those working in the field of cognitive neuroscience, and those who have contributed to this volume, is to develop as complete a description as possible of the processes of the mind. With this goal in mind, this volume offers findings that show how detailed information on neurochemical and neurophysiological processes in the brain can help us understand neurobiological events that lead to complex human behavior. Each part of the book begins with an introduction and ends with a commentary by the editors, integrating and highlighting the main themes of the chapters. Throughout, the editors convey the excitement of the field and point out the challenge of unresolved problems. Written for graduate students, clinicians, and researchers, this work will also appeal to a large audience of neuroscientists, psychologists, and more

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  • Hardback | 524 pages
  • 162.05 x 241.3 x 36.58mm | 997.9g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line drawings, tables
  • 0195061519
  • 9780195061512

Table of contents

PART I: LEVEL OF ANALYSIS: Introduction; Patricia S. Churchland and Terrence J. Senjnowski: Perspectives on cognitive neuroscience; Richard F. Thompson and Mark A. Gluck: Basic substrates of basic associative learning and memory; Tim Tully: Drosophila's role in identifying the building blocks of associative learning and memory; Nicholas J. Mackintosh: Simple conditioning; Craig H. Bailey: Morphological basis of short- and long-term memory in Aplysia; Bruce L. McNaughton and Paul Smolensky: Connectionist and neural modelling: converging in the hippocampus; Gary Lynch, John Larson, Ursula Stabubli and Jose Ambros-Ingerson: An experimental psychologist's view of cognitive science; Commentary on Part I; PART II: DISSOCIATIONS AND MODELS: Introduction; Lawrence Weiskrantz: Dissociations and associations in neuropsychology; Daniel L. Schachter and Lynn Nadel: Varieties of spatial memory: a problem for cognitive neuroscience; David S. Olton, Cynthia Wible and Alicja L. Markowska: A comparative analysis of the role of the hippocampal system in memory; Marcia K. Johnson and William Hirst: Processing subsystems of memory; Raymond P. Kesner: The emergence of multidimentional approaches to the structural organization of memory; Morris Moscovitch and Carlo Umilta: Consciousness and nonconscious processes in memory and attention; Commentary on Part II; PART II: MODULATION AND COGNITION: Introduction; James L. McGaugh: Neuromodulation and the storage of information: involvement of the Amygdaloid complex; George F. Koob: Arousal, stress and inverted U-shaped curves: implications for cognitive function; Michael W. Eysenck: Anxiety and cognitive functioning: a multi-faceted approach; Howard Leventhal: Emotion: prospectus for conceptual and empirical development; Commentary on Part III; PART IV: CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES: Introduction; Muriel D. Lezek: Identifying neuropsychological deficits; William Milberg and Marilyn Albert: The speed of constituent mental operations and its relationship to neuronal representation; Brenda Rapp and Alfonso Caramazza: Cognitive neuropsychology: from impaired performance to normal cognitive structure; Shepard Siegel: Feed-forward processes in drug tolerance and dependence; Ruben C. Gur and Raquel E. Gur: The impact of neuroimaging on human neuropsychology; Alan M. Palmer and David M. Bowen: Neurochemical approaches to cognitive disorders; Anthony C. Santucci, Vahram Haroutunian, Linda M. Bierer and Kenneth L. Davis: Approaches to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease; Commentary on Part IV; Concluding more