Cognitive Neuroscience: Interdisciplinary or Simply Multidisciplinary?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1165–1166. Reviews the book, Perspectives on Cognitive Neuroscience edited by Richard G. Lister and Herbert J. Weingartner (1991). This volume is the first to explicitly attempt a bridging of the subdisciplines of cognitive neuroscience. The stated goal of the editors is to produce a book not consisting of “a series of disconnected themes,” but of “contributions that could bridge all of cognitive neuroscience”. To this end, the editors organized 25 chapters by a series of distinguished contributors into four parts. Each part begins with a more general chapter setting the tone for more specific topics covered in subsequent chapters. With few exceptions (noted below), chapters are arranged in a logical, coherent sequence. Almost all chapters deal with memory-related topics that are the focus of current cognitive neuroscience research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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