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Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience

Second Edition

Dale Purves, Kevin S. LaBar, Michael L. Platt, Marty Woldorff, Roberto Cabeza, and Scott A. Huettel

01 November 2012

ISBN: 9780878935734

262 pages

In Stock

Price: £169.99

Addresses the latest developments in the field, including expanded coverage of genetics, evolution, and neural development. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your local campus representative to arrange a local price.


Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press.

The new and rapidly evolving field of cognitive neuroscience brings together cognitive psychology and neuroscience, drawing conceptual and technical elements from both these traditional disciplines. Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience, introduced in 2008, was written to inform readers at all levels about the growing canon of cognitive neuroscience, and to make clear the many challenges that remain to be solved.

  • In this second edition, the editors all leaders in the field offer what is in essence a completely new book.
  • The text is complemented by full-color illustrations.
  • Boxes highlight topics of special interest or current discoveries.
  • The book includes an extensive glossary of key terms.

New to this edition

  • The 28 chapters of the original edition have been condensed and combined to 15 chapters for the new edition.
  • Each chapter has been updated to address the latest developments in the field, including expanded coverage of genetics, evolution, and neural development.
  • Introductory Boxes in each chapter take up an especially interesting issue to better capture readers attention.
  • An appendix reviews the major features of human neuroanatomy and basic aspects of neural signaling.

About the Author(s)

Dale Purves, Duke University, Kevin S. LaBar, Duke University, Michael L. Platt, Duke University, Marty Woldorff, Duke University, Roberto Cabeza, Duke University, and Scott A. Huettel, Duke University

Dale Purves is Director of the Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders program at Duke's Graduate Medical School and Executive Director of the Neuroscience Research Partnership at A*STAR (both located in Singapore).

Kevin S. LaBar is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Michael L. Platt is Professor of Neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine and Director of the Duke Institute for Brain Science.

Marty Woldorff is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Roberto Cabeza is Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University.

Scott A. Huettel is Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience and Director of the Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science.

Table of Contents

    1:Cognitive Neuroscience: Definitions, Themes, and Approaches
    2:The Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience
    3:Sensory Systems and Perception: Vision
    4:Sensory Systems and Perception: Auditory, Mechanical, and Chemical Senses
    5:Motor Systems: The Organization of Action
    6:Attention and Its Effects on Stimulus Processing
    7:The Control of Attention
    8:Memory: Varieties and Mechanisms
    9:Declarative Memory
    11:Social Cognition
    13:Executive Functions
    14:Decision Making
    15:Evolution and Development of Brain and Cognition


"This textbook is an ideal introductory text for advanced undergraduates or graduate students studying cognitive neuroscience. I applaud the authors for creating a book that is not only educational but also enjoyable to read - something that cannot be said about most textbooks. Any instructor of an introductory cognitive neuroscience course, advanced and inquisitive undergraduate, or beginning researcher will likely find this text to be a valuable resource." - Amber Baysinger, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

Additional Resources

For Students

The Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience, Second Edition, Companion Website features review and study resources to help students master the material presented in the textbook. Access is free of charge and requires no access code. The site includes:

- Chapter Summaries
- Flashcards
- Animations
- Online Quizzes (Instructor registration is required for student access to the quizzes.)

Sylvius 4 Online: An Interactive Atlas and Visual Glossary of Human Neuroanatomy
S. Mark Williams and Leonard E. White

Sylvius 4 provides a unique digital learning environment for exploring and understanding the structure of the human central nervous system. Sylvius features fully annotated surface views of the human brain, as well as interactive tools for dissecting the central nervous system and viewing fully annotated cross-sections of preserved specimens and living subjects imaged by magnetic resonance. This new online version of Sylvius is more than a conventional atlas; it incorporates a comprehensive, visually-rich, searchable database of more than 500 neuroanatomical terms that are concisely defined and visualized in photographs, magnetic resonance images, and illustrations.

For Instructors

The Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience, Second Edition, Instructor's Resource Library includes a variety of resources to help instructors in developing their course and delivering lectures. The Library includes:

- Textbook Figures and Tables
- PowerPoint Presentations
- Sylvius Image Library
- Quiz Questions
- Animations

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