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Description - Mind by Paul Thagard

The extraordinary overlap between human and chimpanzee genomes does not result in an equal overlap between human and chimpanzee thoughts, sensations, perceptions, and emotions; there are considerable similarities but also considerable differences between human and nonhuman primate brains. From Monkey Brain to Human Brain uses the latest findings in cognitive psychology, comparative biology, and neuroscience to look at the complex patterns of convergence and divergence in primate cortical organization and function. Several chapters examine the use of modern technologies to study primate brains, analyzing the potentials and the limitations of neuroimaging as well as genetic and computational approaches. Other chapters identify plausible analogs or homologs in nonhuman primates for such human cognitive functions as arithmetic, reading, theory of mind, and altruism; examine the role of parietofrontal circuits in the production and comprehension of actions; analyze the contributions of the prefrontal and cingulate cortices to cognitive control; and explore to what extent visual recognition and visual attention are related in humans and other primates.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262701099
ISBN-10: 026270109X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Paul Thagard

Paul Thagard is Professor of Philosophy, with cross appointments to Psychology and Computer Science, and Director of the Cognitive Science Program at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of Coherence in Thought and Action (MIT Press, 2000).

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