Unlike an encyclopedia or similar reference work, The New Cognitive Neurosciences contains long, research-based articles that look ahead to future developments in the field. The book's organization reflects the way researchers tend to group themselves. Thus the different sections function as standalones, almost like mini-textbooks. The second edition reflects the many advances that have taken place-particularly in imaging and recording techniques-over the past few years. The majority of' the chapters are new, and those from the first edition have been completely rewritten and updated. The book contains a sixteen-page full-color insert of the latest in brain imagery.
"The New Cognitive Neurosciences is a magnificent accomplishment. It covers topics from ions to consciousness, from reflexes to social psychology. It is authoritative and encyclopedic, but also lively and unafraid of controversy. Michael Gazzaniga, The MIT Press, and the community of cognitive neuroscientists are to be congratulated for assembling this landmark of twentieth-century science and
thrilling preview of what we will learn in the twenty-first."
-Steven Pinker, Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and author of How the Mind Works
"Gazzaniga has arrayed some of the world's leaders in one of the most exciting areas of neuroscience-cognitive neuroscience-and has woven their contributions into a comprehensive and well-documented, yet accessible and provocative, overview. This book belongs on the shelf of any reader interested in
the brain and behavior."
-Stephen G. Waxman, Chairman, Department of Neurology, Yale Medical School
"An excellent survey by all-stars in the field of the fundamental issues of cognitive neuroscience and their relation to the mind/brain problem. This volume should provide a launching pad for investigation of exciting territories in the realm of neuroscience as we enter the new millennium."
-Susumu Tonegawa, Director, Center for Learning and Memory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and 1987 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
"In this book, an enthusiastic group of top neuroscientists astutely discusses how they view the brain, exploring topics ranging from molecular mechanisms of learning to the emergence of consciousness. All admirable weave of facts and thoughts brings the reader up to the twenty-first century-the 'Century of the Brain'-in which the enigma of the brain is expected to be unraveled. A book not to
-Idan Segev, Department of Neurobiology, Hebrew University, Israel
Praise for the first edition
"This may be the most important reference book in cognitive neuroscience for the next decade."
-R. A. Drake, Choice