"Offers plenty of science and science history, tracing the split-brain research from its inception to its heights, and providing a snapshot of the current status of cognitive neuroscience....fascinating to read and very informative." -- Quarterly Review of Biology
These essays on a range of topics in the cognitive neurosciences report
on the progress in the field over the twenty years of its existence and reflect the
many groundbreaking scientific contributions and enduring influence of Michael
Gazzaniga, "the godfather of cognitive neuroscience" -- founder of the Cognitive
Neuroscience Society, founding editor of the Journal of Cognitive
Neuroscience, and editor of the major reference work, The
Cognitive Neurosciences, now in its fourth edition (MIT Press, 2009). The
essays, grouped into four sections named after four of Gazzaniga's books, combine
science and memoir in varying proportions, and offer an authoritative survey of
research in cognitive neuroscience. "The Bisected Brain" examines hemispheric topics
pioneered by Gazzaniga at the start of his career; "The Integrated Mind" explores
the theme of integration by domination; the wide-ranging essays in "The Social
Brain" address subjects from genes to neurons to social conversations and networks;
the topics explored in "Mind Matters" include evolutionary biology, methodology, and
Contributors: Kathleen Baynes, Giovanni Berlucchi, Leo M.
Chalupa, Mark D'Esposito, Margaret G. Funnell, Mitchell Glickstein, Scott A. Guerin,
Todd F. Heatherton, Steven A. Hillyard, William Hirst, Alan Kingstone, Stephen M.
Kosslyn, Marta Kutas, Elisabetta Làdavas, Joseph Ledoux, George R. Mangun, Michael
B. Miller, Elizabeth A. Phelps, Steven Pinker, Michael I. Posner, Patricia A.
Reuter-Lorenz, Mary K. Rothbart, Andrea Serino, Brad E. Sheese