Cognition, Brain and Consciousness provides students and readers with an overview of the study of the human brain and its cognitive development. It discusses brain molecules and their primary function, which is to help carry brain signals to and from the different parts of the human body. These molecules are also essential for understanding language, learning, perception, thinking, and other cognitive functions of our brain.
The book also presents the tools that can be used to view the human brain through brain imaging or recording. Brain recording is used to measure electric and magnetic signals in our brain. The most precise recording method is the single neuron or unit recording that uses deep needle electrodes implanted in the brain. In addition, the book discusses peoples consciousness and attention spans, which are considered complementary processes. Learning and memory capacity of the brain are also discussed.
The study of cognitive neuroscience is very challenging, as every aspect of the human brain must be studied to fully understand how the brain works.
1 Mind and brain
2 A framework
3 Neurons and their connections
4 The tools: Imaging the living brain
5 The brain
7 Hearing and speech
8 Attention and consciousness
9 Learning and memory
10 Thinking and problem-solving
12 Goals, executive control, and action
14 Social cognition: Perceiving the mental states of others
16 The genes and molecules of cognition
Appendix -- Methods for observing the living brain (Ramsoy, Olaf Paulson, Copenhagen) Glossary
Mini-Atlas of the Brain
Number Of Pages: 672
Published: 4th February 2010
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Edition Number: 2