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

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. I. Basic Neuroscience Approaches to Cognition
  3. 1. Neurochemical

    Floyd E. Bloom

  4. 2. Brain Imaging

    Marcus E. Raichle

  5. II. Attentional and Perceptual Processes
  6. 3. Attention

    Michael I. Posner

  7. 4. Perceptual Processes

    William T. Newsome

  8. III. Neural Basis of Memory
  9. 5. Neurons and Memory

    Randy Gallistel

  10. 6. Human Memory

    Endel Tulving

  11. IV. Language
  12. 7. Evolutionary Perspectives

    Steven Pinker

  13. 8. Brain and Language

    Alfonso Caramazza

  14. V. Imagery and Consciousness
  15. 9. Mental Imagery

    Stephen M. Kosslyn

  16. 10. Qualia

    Daniel C. Dennett