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Brain and Behavior

Second Edition

David Eagleman and Jonathan Downar

Publication Date - April 2023

ISBN: 9780190861674

688 pages


Brain and Behavior: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective captures the excitement of cognitive and behavioral neuroscience by focusing on fundamental scientific principles, patterns, and ways of thinking.

Brain and Behavior is clear and vibrant writing, with fascinating real-life examples and applications that help to emphasize the dynamically changing nature of the brain. This text covers a wide territory critical for understanding the brain, from the basics of the nervous system to the sensory and motor systems, sleep, language, memory, emotions and motivation, social cognition, and brain disorders. Throughout the narrative, the authors emphasize the dynamically changing nature of the brain, through the mechanisms of neuroplasticity. The text pulls together the best current knowledge about the brain while acknowledging current areas of ignorance and pointing students toward the most promising directions for future research.

New to this Edition

  • Inclusion of wrappers/boxes, along with revised formatting.
  • Updated citations to reflect recent research.
  • Revisions to content, key terms, and images.
  • For Print only: outline of hierarchical sections; end of chapter key terms with page numbers.
  • For e-Book only: practice questions at the end of each section; content-specific tables, animations and/or activities; flashcards.
  • Image descriptions have been removed.
  • Animation opening each chapter.
  • New figures and chapter activities.


  • Starting Out scenarios begin each chapter with a gripping real-world example of chapter concepts, from hikers on Mount Everest who make deadly mistakes, and to a boy who functions normally following the removal of half of his brain.
  • Neuroscience of Everyday Life explains how neuroscience directly relates to our daily lives, like why people have difficulty multitasking
  • A principles-based approach relying on overarching principles rather than lists or facts-to help students see the big picture.
  • A progressive structure that begins with the basics of the nervous system before moving on to the brain's interaction with the world and then on to more complex interactions.
  • An emphasis on case studies, surprising examples from everyday life, and examples in which advances in neuroscience can benefit society are sprinkled throughout the chapters.
  • A clear, modern art program that provides attractive biological drawings to help convey important concepts and information.

About the Author(s)

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, New York Times best-selling author, abnd Guggenheim Fellow who currently holds an Adjunct appointment at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Eagleman's areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system.

Jonathan Downar is the Director of the MRI-Guided rTMS Clinic at the University Health network in Toronto, Canada, and a scientist a tthe Toronto Western Research Institute. He currently holds appointments with the department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. As a physician-scientist, his clinical work focuses on using noninvasive brain stimulation to treat patients with severe and medical-resistant forms of psyhiatric illnesses. His research focuses on developing a new generation of more effective, more accessible, and less costly techniques for brain stimulation in these disorders.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 - Introduction
    Chapter 2 - The Brain and the Nervous System
    Chapter 3 - Neurons and Synapses
    Chapter 4 - Neuroplasticity
    Chapter 5 - Vision
    Chapter 6 - Other Senses
    Chapter 7 - The Motor System
    Chapter 8 - Attention and Consciousness
    Chapter 9 - Memory
    Chapter 10 - Sleep
    Chapter 11 - Language and Lateralization
    Chapter 12 - Decision Making
    Chapter 13 - Emotions
    Chapter 14 - Motivation and Reward
    Chapter 15 - Social Cognition
    Chapter 16 - Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

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