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The Cerebral Computer

An Introduction To the Computational Structure of the Human Brain, 1st Edition

By Robert J. Baron

Psychology Press

552 pages

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Viewing the human brain as "the most complex and powerful computer known," with a memory capacity and computational power exceeding the largest mainframe systems, Professor Baron sets the groundwork for understanding the computational structure and organization of the human brain. He provides the introductory framework necessary for this new and growing field of investigation and he discusses human vision, mental imagery, sensory-motor functions, audition, affect and behavior.


"…a good introduction to the brain's computational structure. It presents the brain in an excellent neurological perspective…well worth your time to read it carefully…an excellent presentation of cognition and language systems as well as the psychological structure of the nervous systems."

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"I recommend it for all scientists who want a good introduction to how the brain might be organized for computer-like information processing."

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Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Acknowledgements. Neurons: The Computational Cells of Brains. Information: Its Movements and Transformation Information Storage. The Control of Associative Storage Systems. Information Encoding and Modality. Information Storage and Human Memory. The Visual System. Visual Experiences and Mental Imagery. Accessing Visual Memories and Visual Recognition. The Auditory System. Cognition, Understanding, and Language. The Anatomy and Physiology of the Sensory-Motor System. The Body in Space. The Control of Configuration and Simple Movements. The High-Level Control of Movements. Sensations, Affects, and Behavior. The Three Cognitive Systems and Learning

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology