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    • Standard Color interior
    • 412 pages
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  • Keywords
    • Cognitive science,
    • Neuroscience,
    • Human brain,
    • Cognitive theory,
    • Systems theory,
    • Neurochemistry,
    • Neurophysiology

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Brain Mechanisms
Linking Cognitive Phenomena to Neuron Activity
by L. Andrew Coward

Brain Mechanisms: Linking Cognitive Phenomena to Neuron Activity shows how to understand higher cognition in terms of brain anatomy, physiology and chemistry. Natural selection pressures have resulted in all information processes in the brain being one of just two general types: condition definition/detections and behavioural recommendation definition/integrations. Using these information process types, hierarchies of description can be created that map from cognitive phenomena to the activity of the billions of neurons in the brain. These hierarchies make it possible to create an intuitively satisfying understanding of how neuron activity results in human memory, consciousness and self-awareness. These ideas were previously described at a technical level in Towards a Theoretical Neuroscience: from Cell Chemistry to Cognition. This book presents the ideas for a more general readership.

From a review of Towards a Theoretical Neuroscience: from Cell Chemistry to Cognition "This is the most comprehensive explanation of how neurons/brain turn stimuli into behaviour and cognition that I have read. I regularly recommend it to top level neuroscience students....the final chapters do such an amazing job of explaining (in little fragments of neuronal networks) how the brain really works, producing mind and consciousness. It’s really elegant. Highly recommend dedicating the many hours necessary to read and digest this content. You’ll never again find brain-mind-cognition such a mystery." —Dennis Swiercinsky

The author was born and educated in England, graduating from Downing College, Cambridge. He then moved to Canada where he had a 30 year career with BNR/Nortel Networks. In the course of this career he worked on many different aspects of the design of real time electronic control systems with billions of components. He became interested in applying the techniques for designing complex systems to understanding the brain, and his first book on this topic was published in 1990. Later, he took early retirement from Nortel to work full time on understanding the brain. He lives in Vancouver, Canada but for many years has carried out research and teaching in association with the Australian National University.


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