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Paperback | $20.00 Short | £13.95 | ISBN: 9780262571173 | 201 pp. | 5.4 x 7.9 in | October 1996

Conversations in the Cognitive Neurosciences


Conversations in the Cognitive Neurosciences is a brief, informative yet informal guide to recent developments in the cognitive neurosciences by the scientists who are in the thick of things.

"Getting a fix on important questions and how to think about them from an experimental point of view is what scientists talk about, sometimes endlessly. It is those conversations that thrill and motivate," observes Michael Gazzaniga. Yet all too often these exciting interactions are lost to students, researchers, and others who are "doing" science. Conversations in the Cognitive Neurosciences brings together a series of interviews with prominent individuals in neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology that have appeared over the past few years in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

The ten interviews are divided into five sections: basic neuroscience approaches to cognition (Floyd Bloom and Mark Raichle), attentional and perceptual processes (Michael I. Posner and William T. Newsome), neural basis of memory (Randy Gallistel and Endel Tulving), language (Steven Pinker and Alfonso Caramazza), and imagery and consciousness (Stephen M. Kosslyn and Daniel C. Dennett).

A Bradford Book

About the Editor

Michael S. Gazzaniga is Professor of Psychology and Director for the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition, he is the Director of the Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, President of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute, and a member of the President's Council on Bioethetics.


"All too frequently, the book does not measure up to the movie, the novellacks the punch of the serialized chapters, and the entire antholoy is apale reflection of the most arresting short stories. Conversations in theCognitive Neurosciences is a happy exception. Michael Gazzaniga hasintegrated a series of interviews with leading brain and mind scientists.The result is a thematically coherent whole that is rich in substance andstyle. Using focused but open-ended questions to engage thoughtful,articulate practitioners, Gazzaniga elicits a rich mix of historicalperspective and cutting-edge science. Each of the interviews provideswonderfully personal and insightful accounts of cognitive neuroscience andthe relationship of mind and brain."
Ira B. Black, MD, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School