A Neuroscience of Behavior or a Cognitivistic View of Neuroscience?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1206–1207. Reviews the book, Frontiers in Cognitive Neuroscience edited by Stephen M. Kosslyn and Richard A. Andersen (1992). In the general Introduction the editors state: “The purpose of this book is to make it easier for researchers and students to enter cognitive neuroscience by pulling together many of the key articles that form the foundations of the field”. The way the editors sought to achieve this purpose was by defining what is meant by cognitive neuroscience, by arguing how this field is different from related ones (e g., cognitive science, computational neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology, and experimental psychology), and by selecting articles that were consistent with their definition. They succeeded in achieving the book's purpose to the extent that cognitive neuroscience is viewed as dealing with a particular subject matter in neuroscience, namely the so-called mental activities such as perception, memory, and language. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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