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Number of Pages: 334
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Author: Elkhonon Goldberg
Street Date: August 1, 2009
Item Number (DPCI): 247-08-7196
"It is only now... that we are beginning to get the full measure of complexity [of the living body], to see how nature and culture interact, and how brain and mind produce each other. There are a handful, a small handful, of remarkable books which address these central problems with great force - those of Gerald Edelman and Antonio Damasio at once come to mind - and to this select number, Elkhonon Goldberg's book, The Executive Brain, should surely be added." -- Oliver Sacks, The New York Review of Books
"Anyone who is interested in the workings of the brain, 'science's last frontier', will enjoy reading The Executive Brainï¿½ The author's use of personal narrative and compelling metaphors help to make even the most technical information accessible to the general audience." -- Science Editor
"Goldberg is a good example of someone who seems to have always thought out of the box in both his personal and professional life. He has thus written a fine accessible book on executive brain functions... One does not have to completely agree with a position to be stimulated by it, and Goldbergï¿½s book is certainly stimulating." -- Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books
"An intriguing exploration of the most challenging topic in cognitive neuroscience, the executive function of the prefrontal cortex." -- American Scientist
"...develop[s] insights into a variety of conditions and dispositions, including specific brain injuries, drug effects, sex differences, schizophrenia, acttention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and more. An especially informative chapter deals with cognitive rehabilitation, including what can be done to stave off dementia. Goldberg also finds parallels between the evolution of the brain and the fates of political systems, including the collapse of the Soviet Union and the assertion of ethnic identities throughout the world...This is a ruminative book...often laced with revealing anecdotes."--PsycCRITIQUES
"Goldberg successfully uses clinical cases to emphasize this point in the middle chapters. He also offers clear and generally accessible analogies that elucidate the role of the frontal lobes in everyday life. In earlier chapters, however, he introduces a number of elaborate theories relating intricate neuroanatomical and neurochemical systems (extending well beyond the frontal lobes) to complex cognitive processes; and, in later chapters, he goes "inside the black box" as he devises advanced computational-neuroscience models of his ideas. Throughout his book, he successfully presents "a distinctly personal, original, and at times provocative viewpoint on a number of topics in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience...many of [these points] remain distinctly partisan, controversial, my own"." -- Tara T. Lineweaver, Ph.D. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
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