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The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Jamie Ward
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4 Jan 2010 1848720033 978-1848720039 2

Reflecting recent changes in the way cognition and the brain are studied, this thoroughly updated edition of the best-selling 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 an up-to-date overview of the latest theories and findings in all the key topics in cognitive neuroscience, including vision, attention, memory, speech and language, numeracy, executive function, and social and emotional behavior. This edition also contains two completely new chapters on developmental cognitive neuroscience and hearing. Throughout, case studies, newspaper reports and everyday examples are used to help students understand the more challenging ideas that underpin the subject.

In addition each chapter includes:

  • Summaries of key terms and points
  • Example essay questions 
  • Recommended further reading
  • Feature boxes exploring interesting and popular questions and their implications for the subject.

Written in an engaging style by a leading researcher in the field, and now 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, or brain and behavior. Those embarking on research will find it an invaluable starting point and reference.

The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience, 2nd Edition is accompanied by a set of online resources available free of charge to departments that recommend the textbook. These resources include:

  • A chapter-by-chapter, illustrated slideshow lecture course
  • A bank of multiple-choice questions which allow for confidence-weighted answers
  • Student resources to aid exam preparation.


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Psychology Press; 2 edition (4 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848720033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848720039
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 18.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jamie Ward is Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK, and has researched and taught extensively in many areas of cognitive neuroscience. He has a special interest in synesthesia, a subject on which he is a leading authority, and has contributed to an understanding of it in both academic and lay circles.

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"This new edition of Jamie Ward’s best-selling textbook, is a clear and informative read. Within the text all the chapters have been restructured with up-to-date references, making this book an essential purchase for someone looking for an all-inclusive overview of cognitive neuroscience. … [The book] is useful to students, tutors or those who just wish to read up on this area." – Samantha L. Heaton, assistant psychologist at Rampton Hospital, in The Psychologist

"This book is the best introductory textbook I know. I teach with it myself and I recommend it to colleagues in other fields who want to understand the basic questions, methods and findings of cognitive neuroscience." - Martha J. Farah, Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society, University of Pennsylvania, USA

"I thought the first edition was the best textbook I have come across on cognitive neuroscience. This second edition is even better." – Robert H. Logie, Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, UK 

"Ward presents all the essential topics in cognitive neuroscience in a compact, impeccably organized, well-referenced and newly colorful package. But where this text really excels is in engaging the student and stimulating critical thinking by consistently asking the student to think about the "why" and not just the "what." – Jennifer Mangels, Associate Professor, Baruch College, City University of New York, USA

Praise for the 1st edition:

"Jamie Ward has done a great service to the neuroscience community: he has written an easy to read, enjoyable introduction to cognitive neuroscience that will attract many students to the discipline. … I will certainly use this book for my courses." - Professor Alfonso Caramazza, the Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory, Harvard University, USA

"The Student's Guide To Cognitive Neuroscience is unique in that there are no comparable textbooks aimed at this level and it does an excellent job of providing a solid grounding in this broad field." - Charvy Narain, in Nature Neuroscience

"Jamie Ward manages to explain complicated features of cognitive neuroscience by introducing examples, articles from the media, historical cameos and case studies to provide an engaging and challenging book. ... This is a seminal text that is all the more impressive for bringing cognitive neuroscience to life for subject students and non-experts alike." - Dr. Judith Whitmarsh, University of Wolverhampton, in ESCalate

 

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Reflecting recent changes in the way cognition and the brain are studied, this book provides a comprehensive and student-friendly guide to cognitive neuroscience. Following an introduction to neural structure and function, all the key methods and procedures of cognitive neuroscience are explained with a view to helping students understand how they can be used to shed light on the neural basis of cognition.

The second part of the book goes on to present an up-to-date overview of the latest theories and findings in all the key topics in cognitive neuroscience, including vision, attention, memory, speech and language, numeracy, executive function and social and emotional behaviour. Throughout, case studies, newspaper reports and everyday examples are used to provide an easy way in to understanding the more challenging ideas that underpin the subject.

In addition each chapter includes:

  • Summaries of key terms and points
  • Example essay questions to aid exam preparation
  • Recommended further reading
  • Feature boxes exploring interesting and popular questions and their implications for the subject.

Written in an engaging style by a leading researcher in the field, 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 or brain and behaviour. Those embarking on research will find it an invaluable starting point and reference.

We offer CD-ROM based resources free of charge to instructors who recommend The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience by Jamie Ward. These resources include:

  • A chapter-by-chapter, illustrated slideshow lecture course
  • An innovative bank of Multiple Choice Questions, graded according to difficulty and which allow for confidence weighted answers
  • Comprehensive lecture planning advice tailored to different length courses.

Jamie Ward is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University College London and has researched and taught extensively in many areas of cognitive neuroscience. He is a leading authority on the subject of synaesthesia and has contributed to a wider understanding of it in both academic and lay circles.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 19 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
I am studying for an MSc in Neuroscience, Language and Communication at UCL and this book is essential reading for anyone studying in that area. It is clearly written and explains everything really well, so that even complicated concepts don't confuse!! Great book :)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good introduction 7 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
For any psychology student (Masters or Undergraduate), this is a comprehensive, well-structured first approach to the field. Examples are coherent and illustrations greatly help understanding the sometimes difficult context.

A good basis for dissertation research too, this book is a classic and highly regarded amongst scholars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ward. Cognitive Neuroscience 19 Jun 2011
By Coolbs
Format:Paperback
A comprehensive introduction to the subject. Ward explains even the more complex concepts concisely and makes excellent use of examples in the literature. I'm beginning a masters in this subject in September and reading this has been a huge help, his recommendations of further reading at the end of each chapter are well chosen and by reading this you already have the tools to understand them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, informative, enlightening! 12 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
N.B. A quick summary of my opinion can be found at the end of this review!

This book was recommended reading for a MSc module on the brain and brain imaging, and I decided to "try it out" using a library-borrowed copy to make sure I wouldn't waste my money if I bought it. After reading a few pages, I was convinced it was worth the money.

Ward is very good in presenting the key information in an attractive and interesting way, without being patronising or leaving out vital details. Every potentially complicated word is clearly defined in glossary tables on each page, and information is accompanied by useful and clear diagrams, which really helped me personally to understand what was written on the page. Ward also applies the information to case studies and at the end of each chapter provides a summary, example essay questions to test what has just been learned, and references to further reading, should the reader wish to follow up the topic discussed.

All in all, I would not only recommend this book to students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, but also lecturers looking for a clear and detailed way of presenting key facts to students (there are also "Online Instructor Resources" free of charge to accompany the book for instructors wishing to use the textbook for their course) and indeed anyone who has an interest in cognitive neuroscience or quite simply how the brain works.

Summary:
Positives - Accessible, interesting, informative, descriptive, attractive presentation of information
Negatives - Hardly any! Perhaps not recommended for anyone who already has a firm understanding of most concepts of cognitive neuroscience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have on your reading list 7 Mar 2014
By serikah
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I'm current doing a master in the Psychology of Education. Not coming for a psychology background, this book has greatly helped me with my neuropsychology units.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Price for Study Book 31 Dec 2013
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I chose this book for my daughter as it is on her very long university reading list. With text books generally being very expensive, this was the best price for a new book I could find. It's nice to feel that you've saved a bit of cash on an expensive item!
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