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Higher Education

Cognitive Neuroscience, 3rd Edition

  • Marie T. Banich University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Rebecca J. Compton Haverford College
  • ISBN-10: 0840032986  |  ISBN-13: 9780840032980
  • 640 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 1997
  • © 2011 | Published
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This text balances experimental and clinical perspectives with a survey of a variety of mental functions. In a conversational style, the authors provide clear, accessible explanations of difficult concepts, making use of analogies and case studies to illustrate them. A consistent structure throughout each chapter defines a mental function and the role of each part or parts of the brain in that function, followed by a discussion of what neuropsychological syndromes say about the cognitive and neural organization of the mental function.

Table of Contents

1. Intro to the Nervous System.
2. How Neurons Communicate.
3. Methods.
4. Lateralization of Function.
5. Motor Control.
6. Early Perceptual Processing.
7. Object Recognition.
8. Spatial Processing.
9. Language.
10. Memory.
11. Attention.
12. Executive Function.
13. Emotion & Social Processing.
14. Psychopathology.
15. Plasticity and Development.
16. Generalized Cognitive Disorders.

What's New

  • While the approach of the first two editions have been retained, this third edition has nevertheless been extensively revamped. The main new additions are as follows.
  • The introduction of a 4-color art program.In this edition, an enhanced and improved 4-color art program has been introduced to further promote students’ understanding of the material. Important figures from earlier editions have been redrawn, and many new figures have been added. Some figures highlight regions of the brain so the reader can quickly see "where" and "what" in the brain are important. Other figures present data from representative studies in the field, so that students can gain experience in viewing and interpreting data; still others depict important experimental paradigms so that students can quickly grasp how a key study was conducted.
  • Addition of two new chapters.Two chapters have been added to the text to reflect growing areas of research over the last decade. Chapter 6 is a new chapter covering early perceptual processing that takes place along pathways between sensory receptors, such as the retina, and primary sensory cortex. This chapter lays the groundwork for how the brain represents the sensory-perceptual world, knowledge that students can build upon in subsequent chapters that address object recognition and spatial cognition. Ch. 14 is a new chapter on psychopathology, which examines the application of cognitive neuroscience principles to the understanding of major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression.
  • Ancilliary materials to aid in learning.Book Companion Site at www.cengage.com/psychology/BanichThis website provides instructors and students with a wealth of free information and resources, including tutorial quizzes, flashcards, and glossary.PowerPoint Lecture Outlines.Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides let you incorporate images from the book right into your lectures,
  • Extensive updating of the material to incorporate the acceleration of knowledge in the field.The field of cognitive neuroscience continues to explode with new discoveries. As a result, most of the chapters of the book had to be extensively rewritten to incorporate this huge amount of additional knowledge, which is reflected in hundreds of new references reflecting studies using diverse methodologies.


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Instructor Supplements

PowerPoint® Lecture on eBank  (ISBN-10: 0495909963 | ISBN-13: 9780495909965)

COGLAB 5, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1285461134 | ISBN-13: 9781285461137)

COGLAB is an interactive online laboratory where students can run demonstrations of more than 50 classical experiments and concepts from cognitive psychology. COGLAB lets the instructor set up an online class group to track the results of students’ experiences with each of the interactive cognitive demonstrations. The class is then able to collect and analyze real data based on their specific class group. This hands-on experience helps students understand each experiment, its underlying cognitive concepts, the data, and the significance of the study.

Student Supplements

COGLAB 5, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1285461134 | ISBN-13: 9781285461137)

The COGLAB online laboratory offers an experiential way to improve your understanding of cognitive psychology. COGLAB clarifies key concepts by allowing you to participate in a variety of classic and current experiments--and discover how the mind works. Nothing is more powerful than seeing the effects of these experiments for yourself. Participating in these important studies will help you understand each experiment, its data, its underlying cognitive concepts, and its significance to the field of psychology. You can access COGLAB from anywhere in the world through the Internet using any supported web browser.