Medicine And Books

The Cognitive Neurosciences

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7024.193 (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:193
  1. Sean Spence

    Ed Michael S Gazzaniga MIT Press, pounds sterling64.95, pp 1447 ISBN 0 262 07157 6

    The performance artist Laurie Anderson referred to her father's death as being “like a library burning to the ground.” If the higher functions of human beings make up such a collection of texts then we are perhaps approaching some knowledge of their titles. More especially we are cognisant of the complexity that we face: an evolved network of interrelated systems capable of dynamic change; the coding of experience—memory; prefrontal systems which release us from the constraints of the immediate present, allowing us to reflect upon time future, past, and hypothetical; maps of cerebral activity which alter and adjust to the …

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