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The text consists of two parts. The first part covers basic neural computation mechanisms: individual neurons, neural networks, and learning mechanisms. The second part covers large-scale brain area organization and cognitive phenomena: perception and attention, memory, language, and higher-level cognition. The second part is relatively self-contained and can be used separately for mechanistically-oriented cognitive neuroscience courses. Integrated throughout the text are more than forty different simulation models, many of them full-scale research-grade models, with friendly interfaces and accompanying exercises. The simulation software (PDP++, available for all major platforms) and simulations can be downloaded free of charge from the Web. Exercise solutions are available and the text includes full information on the software.
Randall C. O'Reilly and Yuko Munakata are both Associate Professors in Psychology and the Institute for Cognitive Science and Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
"It is hard to think of a more ambitious--and potentially
revolutionary--textbook in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive
science, psychology, and natural computation. I read the book with
great pleasure and was amazed by the amount of up-to-date exercises."
- Javier Movellan, Department of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego
"This is an excellent book. It manages an almost miraculous
combination of breadth, depth, and accessibility. The coverage is
comprehensive, including all of the major topics of computational
cognitive neuroscience. The treatment of each topic is deep enough to
convey the essential computational issues relevant to each, and to
give interested readers a hands-on acquaintance with those issues."
- Martha J. Farah, Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania
"I felt a growing sense of excitement as I read this book. I believe
Computational Explorations in Cognitive Neuroscience will boost
interest and unify the focus on describing high-level cognitive
processes in terms of biologically relevant models. The writing is
tremendously clear and engrossing. A truly important contribution to
- Michael Hasselmo, Department of Psychology and Program in Experimental and Computational Neuroscience, Boston University
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Last updated: 8/19/02