Reflecting recent changes in the way cognition and the brain are studied, this thoroughly updated fourth edition of this bestselling textbook provides a comprehensive and student-friendly guide to cognitive neuroscience. Jamie Ward provides an easy-to-follow introduction to neural structure and function, as well as all the key methods and procedures of cognitive neuroscience, with a view to helping students understand how they can be used to shed light on the neural basis of cognition.

The book presents a comprehensive overview of the latest theories and findings in all the key topics in cognitive neuroscience, including vision, hearing, attention, memory, speech and language, numeracy, executive function, social and emotional behavior and developmental neuroscience. Throughout, case studies, newspaper reports, everyday examples and studentfriendly pedagogy are used to help students understand the more challenging ideas that underpin the subject.

New to this edition:

  • Increased focus on the impact of genetics on cognition
  • New coverage of the cutting-edge field of connectomics
  • Coverage of the latest research tools including tES and fNIRS and new methodologies such as multi-voxel pattern analysis in fMRI research
  • Additional content is also included on network versus modular approaches, brain mechanisms of hand-eye coordination, neurobiological models of speech perception and production and recent models of anterior cingulate function.

Written in an engaging style by a leading researcher in the field and presented in full color including numerous illustrative materials, this book will be invaluable as a core text for undergraduate modules in cognitive neuroscience. It can also be used as a key text on courses in cognition, cognitive neuropsychology, biopsychology or brain and behavior. Those embarking on research will find it an invaluable starting point and reference.

This textbook is supported by an extensive companion website for students and instructors, including lectures by leading researchers, links to key studies and interviews, interactive multiple-choice questions and flashcards of key terms.

chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

Introducing cognitive neuroscience

chapter Chapter 2|16 pages

Introducing the brain

chapter Chapter 3|21 pages

The electrophysiological brain

chapter Chapter 4|31 pages

The imaged brain

chapter Chapter 5|29 pages

The lesioned brain and stimulated brain

chapter Chapter 6|28 pages

The developing brain

chapter Chapter 7|31 pages

The seeing brain

chapter Chapter 8|28 pages

The hearing brain

chapter Chapter 9|30 pages

The attending brain

chapter Chapter 10|33 pages

The acting brain

chapter Chapter 11|34 pages

The remembering brain

chapter Chapter 12|32 pages

The speaking brain

chapter Chapter 13|28 pages

The literate brain

chapter Chapter 14|26 pages

The numerate brain

chapter Chapter 15|30 pages

The executive brain

chapter Chapter 16|36 pages

The social and emotional brain