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The Neuroscience of How We Think

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1. Auflage, 2017

Reasoning: The Neuroscience of How We Think is a comprehensive guide to the core topics related to a thorough understanding of reasoning. It presents the current knowledge of the subject in a unified, complete manner, ranging from animal studies, to applied situations, and is the only book available that presents a sustained focus on the neurobiological processes behind reasoning throughout all chapters, while also synthesizing research from animal behavior, cognitive psychology, development, and philosophy for a truly multidisciplinary approach. The book considers historical perspectives, state-of-the-art research methods, and future directions in emerging technology and cognitive enhancement.

Written by an expert in the field, this book provides a coherent and structured narrative appropriate for students in need of an introduction to the topic of reasoning as well as researchers seeking well-rounded foundational content. It is essential reading for neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, neuropsychologists and others interested in the neural mechanisms behind thinking, reasoning and higher cognition.

  • Provides a comparative perspective considering animal cognition and its relevance to human reasoning
  • Includes developmental and lifespan considerations throughout the book
  • Discusses technological development and its role in reasoning, both currently and in the future
  • Considers perspectives from not only neuroscience, but cognitive psychology, philosophy, development, and animal behavior for a multidisciplinary treatment
  • Contains highlight boxes featuring additional details on methods, historical descriptions and experimental tasks

Daniel C. Krawczyk is Associate Professor and holds the Francis Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is also Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His research has focused on understanding reasoning through a multi-disciplinary approach that combines neuroimaging, cognitive psychology, and human neuropsychology. He has investigated the neural basis of reasoning in healthy adults, adolescents, and individuals with disorders including dementia, brain injury, and autism spectrum disorders. His work has focused on reasoning by analogy and metaphor comprehension. He is Principal Investigator on two large Department of Defense-funded clinical trials aimed at understanding rehabilitation of reasoning strategies after traumatic brain injury in veteran and civilian populations and is currently leading a project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aimed at evaluating social reasoning skills across cultures. Dr. Krawczyk holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was previously a Ruth L. Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.
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