Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness: Introduction to Cognitive NeuroscienceBernard J. Baars, Nicole M. Gage  
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A textbook for psychology, neuroscience, pre-medical students, and everybody interested in the neuroscience of cognition.
A wave of new research is transforming our understanding of the human mind and brain. Many educational fields now require a basic understanding of the new topic of cognitive neuroscience. However, available textbooks are written more for biology audiences than for psychology and related majors. This text aims to bridge that gap. A background in biology of neuroscience is not required. The thematic approach builds on widely understood concepts in psychology, such as working memory, selective attention, and social cognition. Edited by two leading experts in the field, the book guides the reader along a clear path to understand the latest findings.
A support website at http://textbooks.elsevier.com provides all figures in electronic format with export to Powerpoint, as well as supplementary material including movies and support material for teachers and students.
(note: support website will be available after June 10, 2007)

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* Written specifically for psychology, pre-medical, education and neuroscience undergraduate and graduate students
* The thematic approach builds on on accepted concepts, not presuming a background in neuroscience or biology
* Ancillary material includes a companion website and Learning Guide for students
* Includes two Appendices on brain imaging and neural networks written by Thomas Ramsoy and Igor Aleksander
* Introduces the brain in a step-by-step, readable style, with gradually increasing sophistication
* Richly illustrated in full color with clear and detailed drawings that build the brain from top to bottome, simplifying the layout of the brain for students
* Pedagogy includes exercises and study questions at the end of each chapter, including drawing exercises

* Written specifically for psychology, pre-medical, education and neuroscience undergraduate and graduate students
* The thematic approach builds on on accepted concepts, not presuming a background in neuroscience or biology
* Ancillary material includes a companion website and Learning Guide for students
* Includes two Appendices on brain imaging and neural networks written by Thomas Ramsoy and Igor Aleksander
* Introduces the brain in a step-by-step, readable style, with gradually increasing sophistication
* Richly illustrated in full color with clear and detailed drawings that build the brain from top to bottome, simplifying the layout of the brain for students
* Pedagogy includes exercises and study questions at the end of each chapter, including drawing exercises

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Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to WorkPaul Babiak, Robert D. Hare  
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Let's say you're about to hire somebody for a position in your company. Your corporation wants someone who's fearless, charismatic, and full of new ideas. Candidate X is charming, smart, and has all the right answers to your questions. Problem solved, right? Maybe not.

We'd like to think that if we met someone who was completely without conscience — someone who was capable of doing anything at all if it served his or her purposes — we would recognize it. In popular culture, the image of the psychopath is of someone like Hannibal Lecter or the BTK Killer. But in reality, many psychopaths just want money, or power, or fame, or simply a nice car. Where do these psychopaths go? Often, it's to the corporate world.

Researchers Paul Babiak and Robert Hare have long studied psychopaths. Hare, the author of Without Conscience, is a world-renowned expert on psychopathy, and Babiak is an industrial-organizational psychologist. Recently the two came together to study how psychopaths operate in corporations, and the results were surprising. They found that it's exactly the modern, open, more flexible corporate world, in which high risks can equal high profits, that attracts psychopaths. They may enter as rising stars and corporate saviors, but all too soon they're abusing the trust of colleagues, manipulating supervisors, and leaving the workplace in shambles.

Snakes in Suits is a compelling, frightening, and scientifically sound look at exactly how psychopaths work in the corporate environment: what kind of companies attract them, how they negotiate the hiring process, and how they function day by day. You'll learn how they apply their "instinctive" manipulation techniques — assessing potential targets, controlling influential victims, and abandoning those no longer useful — to business processes such as hiring, political command and control, and executive succession, all while hiding within the corporate culture. It's a must read for anyone in the business world, because whatever level you're at, you'll learn the subtle warning signs of psychopathic behavior and be able to protect yourself and your company — before it's too late.

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Mindblindness: Essay on Autism and the Theory of MindS Baron-Cohen  
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This text argues that specific neurocognitive mechanisms have evolved that result in 'mindreading', an ability to interpret, for the most part unconsciously, non-verbal actions. It suggests that autistic children suffer from 'mindblindness' due to selective developmental impairment in mindreading.

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Cognitive Development and Working Memory: A Dialogue between Neo-Piagetian Theories and Cognitive ApproachesPierre Barrouillet, Vinciane Gaillard  
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The intellectual development of human beings from birth to adulthood is a fascinating phenomenon. Understanding the constraints that limit children’s intelligence, as well as discovering methods to improve it, has always been a challenging undertaking for developmental psychologists. This book presents a unique attempt to address these issues by establishing a dialogue between neo-Piagetian theorists and researchers specialized in typical and atypical working memory development.

The book integrates recent advances in studies of working memory development with theories proposed by the most prominent neo-Piagetian researchers who have emphasized the role of cognitive resources and working memory capacity in the development of thinking and reasoning. In the opening section, the main proponents of this tradition develop their theories of cognitive development in terms of available mental attention, processing efficiency and speed, inhibition and relational complexity. The second part of the book addresses the mechanisms that underpin the increase in working memory capacity and the respective roles of processing efficiency, storage capacity, and the use of reactivation processes of memory traces such as rehearsal. Finally, the central role played by working memory in atypical development and learning difficulties is examined.

This book provides psychologists, students and researchers who are interested in child development with an integrated and up-to-date series of chapters written by prominent specialists in the areas of working memory, attention, and cognitive development.

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