Each edition of this classic reference has proved to be a benchmark in the developing field of cognitive neuroscience. The Cognitive Neurosciences 5th edition (PDF) continues to chart new directions in the study of the biological underpinnings of complex cognitio ― the relationship between the physiological and structural mechanisms of the nervous system and the psychological reality of the brain. It offers entirely new material, reflecting recent advances in the field of neurosciences.
Many of the developments in cognitive neuroscience have been shaped by the introduction of novel methodologies and tools, 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 society and neuroscience, considering some of the political and moral quandaries posed by current neuroscientific methods.
Other sections in this fifth edition describe, among other things, latest new research that draws on developmental imaging to study the changing structure and function of the brain over the lifespan; research that confirms the study of emotion and social cognition as a core area in cognitive neuroscience; progress in establishing increasingly precise models of memory; and new findings that cast doubt on the so-called neural correlates of consciousness.