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Hardcover | $200.00 X | £166.95 | 1128 pp. | 8.5 x 11 in | 87 color illus., 183 b&w illus. | October 2014 | ISBN: 9780262027779
eBook | $140.00 X | November 2014 | ISBN: 9780262319355
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The Cognitive Neurosciences, Fifth Edition


Each edition of this classic reference has proved to be a benchmark in the developing field of cognitive neuroscience. The fifth edition of The Cognitive Neurosciences continues to chart new directions in the study of the biological underpinnings of complex cognitio—the relationship between the structural and physiological mechanisms of the nervous system and the psychological reality of the mind. It offers entirely new material, reflecting recent advances in the field.

Many of the developments in cognitive neuroscience have been shaped by the introduction of novel tools and methodologies, and a new section is devoted to methods that promise to guide the field into the future—from sophisticated models of causality in brain function to the application of network theory to massive data sets. Another new section treats neuroscience and society, considering some of the moral and political quandaries posed by current neuroscientific methods.

Other sections describe, among other things, new research that draws on developmental imaging to study the changing structure and function of the brain over the lifespan; progress in establishing increasingly precise models of memory; research that confirms the study of emotion and social cognition as a core area in cognitive neuroscience; and new findings that cast doubt on the so-called neural correlates of consciousness.

About the Editor

Michael S. Gazzaniga is Professor of Psychology and Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Co-Director of the Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, and President of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute.


“A paradigm book....The Cognitive Neurosciences have introduced thousands of students and researchers to the field, giving the text cult status among its readers....[The fifth edition is] an accurate presentation of the current direction in the also emphasizes how cognitive neuroscience is becoming related to other disciplines and how it affects society and the daily life of people.”—Minds and Machines


“This book provides a timely and comprehensive summarization of the human brain in the context of evolution, development, and learning. The results are a stunning demonstration of how new tools have transformed our understanding of how the brain supports the mind, and point the way toward future progress.”
Michael I. Posner, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon, and author of Attention in a Social World
“The fifth edition of The Cognitive Neurosciences continues a remarkable tradition of chronicling the advances in cognitive neuroscience and presciently anticipating the future. From techniques to perception, memory to language and consciousness to social relevance it hits all of the important bases in an authoritative manner. It should be the go-to resource for those interested in cognitive neuroscience from the outside or for insiders curious about developments beyond the scope of their own research.”
Marcus E. Raichle, Professor of Radiology and Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine