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Cognitive Neuroscience: A Very Short Introduction

Richard Passingham

September 2016

ISBN: 9780198786221

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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This Very Short Introduction describes the new field of cognitive neuroscience - the study of what happens in the brain when we perceive, think, reason, remember, and act. Focusing on the human brain, Passingham looks at the most recent research in the field, the modern brain imaging technologies, and what the images can and can't tell us.

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This Very Short Introduction describes the new field of cognitive neuroscience - the study of what happens in the brain when we perceive, think, reason, remember, and act. Focusing on the human brain, Passingham looks at the most recent research in the field, the modern brain imaging technologies, and what the images can and can't tell us.

  • A provocative and exciting account from a distinguished cognitive neuroscientist of the nature and scope of this field
  • Looks at the latest imaging technologies such as fMRI, and clarifies what brain imaging tells us
  • Discusses the latest understanding of the brain processes behind perceiving, thinking, remembering, and decision making
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Richard Passingham, Emeritus Professor, Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford

Richard Passingham received his BA from the University of Oxford and his Ph.D in Psychology from the University of London. He returned to Oxford in 1970 and was made a University Lecturer and Fellow of Wadham College in 1976. He was amongst the first to use brain imaging to study human cognition, starting in 1988 at the MRC Cyclotron Unit at the Hammersmith Hospital where he was an Honorary Senior Lecturer. In 1996 he moved to the newly founded Wellcome Centre for NeuroImaging at the University of London where he was an Honorary Principal. He was made Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford in 1997. His books include What is Special about the Human Brain? (OUP, 2008), The Neurobiology of the Prefrontal Cortex (OUP, 2014), with Steven P. Wise, and A Short Guide to Brain Imaging (OUP, 2015), with James B. Rowe.

Table of Contents

    Background
    Perceiving
    Attending
    Remembering
    Reasoning
    Deciding
    Checking
    Acting
    The future
    References
    Further Reading
    Index

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