What is cognitive neuroscience?
Neuroscience is a physical science - it seeks to understand physical mechanisms
of the nervous system.
Cognitive neuroscience is the branch of neuroscience that seeks to understand the
Phylogeny of the cortex
The neocortex of mammals developed out of the primordial neopallium, which,
like that of certain present-day amphibians, consisted of one layer of pyramidal
Evolution of the neocortex led to
The underlying premises of this book are that:
1) All cognitive functions, e.g. perception, memory, attention, share the same
representational substrate of neurons and their connections.
2) Different functions differ in th
Perception, attention, and memory are all interrelated.
From the perspective of memory, perception is seen as the updating of memory
by new sensory experience.
Perception involves sensory analysis
Memory is stored knowledge about the internal and external environments; it
includes perceptual and motor knowledge.
Review of classical classification of learning and memory
a. Associative learning
The single most characteristic feature of attention is its selectivity. It selects one
item for perception to the exclusion of others, or selects one motor act to the
exclusion of others.
This selectivity has been explaine