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Joaquín M. Fuster is an eminent cognitive neuroscientist whose research over the last five decades has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the neural structures underlying cognition and behaviour. This book provides his view on the eternal question of whether we have free will. Based on his seminal work on the functions of the prefrontal cortex in decision-making, planning, creativity, working memory, and language, Professor Fuster argues that the liberty or freedom to choose between alternatives is a function of the cerebral cortex, under prefrontal control, in its reciprocal interaction with the environment. Freedom is therefore inseparable from that circular relationship. The Neuroscience of Freedom and Creativity is a fascinating inquiry into the cerebral foundation of our ability to choose between alternative actions and to freely lead creative plans to their goal.


‘Joaquín Fuster is a distinguished pioneer in the exploration of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, the regions we depend on for choices and self-control. With subtlety, clarity, and a deep feel for the complexities of living a life, Fuster takes a fresh and insightful look [at] human choice. His ideas are philosophically deep and biologically sensible; they are presented lucidly and with modesty and charm. A masterful accomplishment.’

Patricia Smith Churchland - Professor Emerita, University of California, San Diego

‘Professor Fuster’s insights regarding brain function are always priceless. Now, based on his unprecedented work on understanding the most complex portion of the brain - the frontal lobes - he has put forth a cogent view of the biological basis underlying the notion of 'free will'. Like his other books, this one is a pleasure to read and will be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone interested in the relationship between the brain and behavior.’

Mark D'Esposito, MD - Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, and Director, Henry H. Wheeler, Jr Brain Imaging Center, University of California, Berkeley

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