The New Cognitive Neurosciences, Second Edition

The New Cognitive Neurosciences, Second Edition

Edited by Michael S. Gazzaniga

A Bradford Book





The first edition of The Cognitive Neurosciences helped to define the field. The second edition reflects the many advances that have taken place-particularly in imaging and recording techniques. From the molecular level up to that of human consciousness, the contributions cover one of the most fascinating areas of science—the relationship between the structural and physiological mechanisms of the brain/nervous system and the psychological reality of mind. The majority of the chapters in this edition of The Cognitive Neurosciences are new, and those from the first edition have been completely rewritten and updated.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262071956 1144 pp. | 8.9 in x 11.1 in


Michael S. Gazzaniga

Michael S. Gazzaniga is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Codirector of the Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, and editor or coeditor of the five previous editions of The Cognitive Neurosciences (all published by the MIT Press).


  • The Cognitive Neurosciences is a magnificent accomplishment. It covers topics from ions to consciousness, from reflexes to social psychology. It is authoritative and encyclopedic, but also lively and unafraid of controversy. Michael Gazzaniga, the MIT Press, and the community of cognitive neuroscientists are to be congratulated for assembling this landmark of twentieth-century science and thrilling preview of what we will learn in the twenty-first.

    Steven Pinker

    Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, MIT, and author of How the Mind Works

  • In this book, an enthusiastic group of top neuroscientists astutely discuss how they view the brain, exploring topics ranging from molecular mechanism of learning to the emergence of consciousness. An admirable weave of facts and thoughts brings the reader up to the twenty-first century—the 'Century of the Brain'—in which the enigma of the brain is expected to be unraveled. A book not to be missed!

    Idan Segev

    Department of Neurobiology, Hebrew University, Israel

  • An excellent survey by all-stars in the field of the fundamental issues of cognitive neuroscience and their relation to the mind/brain problem. This volume should provide a launching pad for investigation of exciting territories in the realm of neuroscience as we enter the new millennium.

    Susumu Tongegawa

    Director, Center for Learning and Memory, MIT, and 1987 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

  • Gazzaniga has arrayed some of the world's leaders in one of the most exciting areas of neuroscience—cognitive neuroscience—and has woven their contributions into a comprehensive and well-documented, yet accessible and provocative, overview. This book belongs on the shelf of any reader interested in the brain and behavior.

    Stephen G. Waxman

    Chairman, Department of Neurology, Yale Medical School


  • Winner of the 2002 William James Book Award presented by the Society for General Psychology, Division One of the American Psychological Association.