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The Brain-Shaped Mind : What the Brain Can Tell Us About the Mind - Naomi Goldblum

The Brain-Shaped Mind

What the Brain Can Tell Us About the Mind

By: Naomi Goldblum, Shifra Glick (Illustrator)

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Published: 8th April 2002
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Will brain scientists ever be able to read our minds? Why are some things harder to remember than others? Based on recent brain research and neural network modelling, The Brain-Shaped Mind addresses these, and other, questions, and provides a clear account of how the structure of the brain influences the workings of the mind. Neuroscientists are now learning about our minds by examining how the neurones in the brain are connected with one another and the surrounding environment. This book explores how neural networks enable us to recognise objects and learn new things, and what happens when things go wrong. The reader is taken on a fascinating journey into what is arguably one of the most complicated and remarkable aspects of our lives.

'The book is indeed easy to understand. It is well structured, minimally technical in its terminology, informative, and argumentatively clear. Readers interested in a basic understanding of what is known today about the human brain would definitely find this book valuable; and teachers of the non-neuroscience-oriented cognitive sciences, particularly cognitive psychology and cognitive linguistics, might find it a useful introduction to brain research for their students.' Jyh Wee Sew, CHIJ ST Theresa's Convent, Singapore

Preface
Figure permissions and acknowledgements
Introduction
What the brain cannot tell us about the mind
How neurons form networks
Theories and models of how the mind functions
What are connectionist networks?
How our networks learn
Connecting the networks: how different things are related
Evidence for connectionist models
Two different types of memory
Coping with disaster
Practical implications
Criticism of connectionist theory
Annotated references and suggested readings
Index
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ISBN: 9780521000949
ISBN-10: 0521000947
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 8th April 2002
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.9  x 0.76
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Type: Annotated