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By Joaquin M. Fuster

This e-book provides a different synthesis of the present neuroscience of cognition by means of one of many world's experts within the box. The tenet to this synthesis is the guiding principle that everything of our wisdom is encoded via family members, and hence through connections, in neuronal networks of our cerebral cortex. Cognitive networks strengthen by way of adventure on a base of greatly dispersed modular mobile assemblies representing basic sensations and events. As they enhance cognitive networks manage themselves hierarchically via order of complexity or abstraction in their content material. simply because networks intersect profusely, sharing commong nodes, a neuronal meeting at any place within the cortex could be a part of many networks, and hence many goods of information. All cognitive features include neural transactions inside of and among cognitive networks. After reviewing the neurobiology and structure of cortical networks (also named cognits), the writer undertakes a scientific examine of cortical dynamics in all of the significant cognitive functions--perception, reminiscence, consciousness, language, and intelligence. during this learn, he uses a wide physique of facts from numerous methodologies, within the mind of the human in addition to the nonhuman primate. the end result of his interdisciplinary activity is the emergence of a structural and dynamic order within the cerebral cortex that, although nonetheless sketchy and fragmentary, mirrors with striking constancy the order within the human mind.

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