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.
Why some mistaken views catch on
As I was walking back from university one day, a respectable-looking middle-aged man accosted me. He spun a good story: he was a doctor working in the local hospital, he had to rush to some urgent doctorly thing, but he’d lost his wallet, and he had no money for a cab ride.
Why are habits so sticky?
Nearly all of us have habits that we would like to get rid of. It might be as innocuous as saying “um” too often when we speak, or as serious as a pack-a-day smoking habit. Either way, we know that changing our behavior is really difficult, even when the stakes are high.
What Makes Us Smart: The Computational Logic of Human Cognition
At the heart of human intelligence rests a fundamental puzzle: How are we incredibly smart and stupid at the same time? No existing machine can match the power and flexibility of human perception, language, and reasoning.
Is artificial intelligence today where brain research was 100 years ago?
Babies are not born with randomly connected brains and turned on to learn. And yet, 100 years ago, neurobiologists were not so sure.
The loneliest neuron
There it lives, the loneliest neuron. The neuron that lies furthest from the outside world. Furthest from the inputs from your senses; furthest from the outputs to your muscles.
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…