Our neuroscience and psychology list takes a broad approach to understanding how the brain and mind work, embracing explorations of the neural basis of cognition and behavior, from how emotions are generated to how we navigate our world. Reflecting the field’s interdisciplinarity, authors hail from psychology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, genetics, and computational neuroscience, as well as allied disciplines such as biology, physics, computer science, and economics.
Our books’ methodologies range from animal models and theory to imaging and behavioral techniques. Spanning genres, we publish monographs, textbooks, and works of popular science that introduce nonexperts to key questions and exciting research areas in brain science.
The dark neuron problem, or mind reading at 90% accuracy
I’m going to read your mind. Right now. Ready? Don’t get freaked out. Deep breath. Here we go…
On Task: How Our Brain Gets Things Done
Why is it hard to text and drive at the same time? How do you resist eating that extra piece of cake? Why does staring at a tax form feel mentally exhausting? Why can your child expertly fix the computer and yet still forget to put on a coat?
Listen in: The Spike
Traversing neuroscience’s expansive terrain, The Spike follows a single electrical response to illuminate how our extraordinary brains work. Start listening to chapter 1.
What’s it like to be a spike?: What we’re learning in the Golden Age of neuroscience
It began as an idle thought. I stood on a chill dimly-lit platform one early winter morning, waiting on my regular, no-doubt delayed train to emerge from the tunnel and pull up with a screech of brakes, ready to convey me through the snow-topped hills from the grey, snowy city where I live to the dark, damp city where I worked.
The neuroscientific excitement of ordinary moments
We see the last cookie in the box and think, can I take that? We reach a hand out. In the 2.1 seconds that this impulse travels through our brain, billions of neurons communicate with one another, sending blips of voltage through our sensory and motor regions. Neuroscientists call these blips “spikes.”
Multitasking and the pandemic parent
From my third floor attic office, I can hear my wife’s muffled voice through the door to the room just off the stairs. I can’t hear what she is saying, but from its now familiar cadence, I can tell that she is in a meeting. We used to post signs when we were in meetings, but we don’t bother anymore.