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The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience



This is the companion website for The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience, 3rd Edition. The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience offers a comprehensive and student-friendly introduction to the subject. Jamie Ward provides an up-to-date overview of the latest theories and findings in all the key topics in cognitive neuroscience, including vision, memory, speech and language, hearing, numeracy, executive function, social and emotional behavior, and developmental neuroscience, as well as a new chapter on attention. On this website, you'll find the tools you need to master the concepts and terminology of The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience.

What you will find on this website:

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Plus a selection of free journal articles, selected by the author to complement the book.


What people are saying about The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience

“In The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience, Jamie Ward provides a clear, informative, and engaging introduction to this important subject. The third edition builds on the strengths of the previous editions, which include an impressive integration of insights from cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, and neuroimaging. The text provides a solid grounding in all of the key topic areas of cognitive neuroscience that includes both classic studies and cutting edge research. I highly recommend this excellent text.“
Daniel L. Schacter, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, USA
“The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience is a perfect introduction to the field. I use it in my own teaching and recommend it to colleagues from other disciplines who are curious about cognitive neuroscience. Ward is discerning about where to go into detail and where to present a skillfully summarized gist, and always connects facts and findings to the larger picture of what we know and how we know it. The result is a smart, approachable introduction to the concepts and methods of cognitive neuroscience.”
Martha J. Farah, Director of the Center for Neuroscience & Society, University of Pennsylvania, USA
“Jamie Ward’s The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience is an outstanding addition to the field. Its coverage of topics is hugely impressive – from basic methods in cognitive neuroscience through to detailed chapters covering topics such as emotion as well as standard cognitive topics such as language and memory. This reflects the exciting converging of research over the past few years. The book also engages in state-of-the-art methods and integrates them in a way that will help students understand the relations between different aspects of the discipline. A tremendous achievement.”
Glyn Humphreys, Watts Professor of Experimental Psychology and Head of Department, University of Oxford, UK

Praise for previous editions of The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience:

“This new edition of Jamie Ward’s best-selling textbook, is a clear and informative read. Within the text all the chapters have been restructured with up-to-date references, making this book an essential purchase for someone looking for an all-inclusive overview of cognitive neuroscience. … [The book] is useful to students, tutors or those who just wish to read up on this area.”
Samantha L. Heaton, assistant psychologist at Rampton Hospital, in The Psychologist
“This book is the best introductory textbook I know. I teach with it myself and I recommend it to colleagues in other fields who want to understand the basic questions, methods and findings of cognitive neuroscience.”
Martha J. Farah, Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society, University of Pennsylvania, USA
“I thought the first edition was the best textbook I have come across on cognitive neuroscience. This second edition is even better.”
Robert H. Logie, Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, UK
“Ward presents all the essential topics in cognitive neuroscience in a compact, impeccably organized, well-referenced and newly colorful package. But where this text really excels is in engaging the student and stimulating critical thinking by consistently asking the student to think about the ‘why’ and not just the ‘what.’ ”
Jennifer Mangels, Associate Professor, Baruch College, City University of New York, USA
“Jamie Ward has done a great service to the neuroscience community: he has written an easy to read, enjoyable introduction to cognitive neuroscience that will attract many students to the discipline. … I will certainly use this book for my courses.”
Professor Alfonso Caramazza, the Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory, Harvard University, USA
The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience is unique in that there are no comparable textbooks aimed at this level and it does an excellent job of providing a solid grounding in this broad field.”
Charvy Narain, in Nature Neuroscience
“Jamie Ward manages to explain complicated features of cognitive neuroscience by introducing examples, articles from the media, historical cameos and case studies to provide an engaging and challenging book. ... This is a seminal text that is all the more impressive for bringing cognitive neuroscience to life for subject students and non-experts alike.”
Dr. Judith Whitmarsh, University of Wolverhampton, in ESCalate