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Cortex and Mind


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1: Introduction; The Problem; Cognitive Networks: Theory; Cognitive Networks: Neuroscience; The Cognit 2: Neurobiology of Cortical Networks; Phylogeny of the Cortex; Ontogeny of the Cortex; Cognitive Network Formation; Extracortical Factors; Basic Structure of Cognitive Networks 3: Functional Architecture of the Cognit; Structure of Knowledge in Connectionist Models; Categories of Knowledge; Cortical Modularity; Cortical Hierarchy of Perceptual Networks; Cortical Hierarchy of Executive Networks; Heterarchical Representation in Association Cortex 4: Perception; Perceptual Categorization; Gestalt; Cortical Dynamics of Perception; Perceptual Binding; Perception-Action Cycle 5: Memory; Formation of Memory; Short-term Memory; Perceptual Memory; Executive Memory; Retrieval of Memory 6: Attention; Biological Roots of Attention; Perceptual Attention; Working Memory; Executive Attention; Set and Expectancy; Execution and Monitoring 7: Lanuage; Neurobiology of Language; Hemispheric Lateralization; Neuropsychology of Language; Functional Architecture of Semantics; Cortical Dynamics of Syntax 8: Intelligence; Development of Intelligence; Reasoning; Problem Solving; Decision Making; Creative Intelligence Epilogue on Consciousness


"Cortex and Mind by Joaquin Fuster is the best book in the field I have read since Higher Cortical Functions by Alexander Luria. It is a book of similar scope and ambition, but reflecting the Zeitgeist of the beginning of the twenty-first century, rather than that of the middle of the twentieth century. I cannot think of anything of this importance and conceptual clarity written in between. With great clarity, Fuster defines a certain sophisticated understanding of the brain's function, and with great civility, gentility even, he debunks some of the most enduring misconceptions in the field." --JINS ". . . a remarkable and unique integration of cognitive neuroscience . . . Fuster's ability for compacting the vast domain of cognitive neuroscience into a brief and lucid book is admirable . . . beautifully written and a pleasure to read . . . a singular book." --Contemporary Psychology "Fuster's progress report dares us to believe that the patterns woven by Sherrington's 'enchanted loom,' the cerebral cortex, are now well on the way to being understood."--Nature

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