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The Neuroscience of Expertise


Part of Cambridge Fundamentals of Neuroscience in Psychology

  • Date Published: February 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107084599

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  • The Neuroscience of Expertise examines the ways in which the brain accommodates the incredible feats of experts. It builds on a tradition of cognitive research to explain how the processes of perception, attention, and memory come together to enable experts' outstanding performance. The text explains how the brain adapts to enable the complex cognitive machinery behind expertise, and provides a unifying framework to illuminate the seemingly unconnected performance of experts in different domains. Whether it is a radiologist who must spot a pathology in a split second, a chess grandmaster who finds the right path in a jungle of possible continuations, or a tennis professional who reacts impossibly quickly to return a serve, The Neuroscience of Expertise offers insight into the universal cognitive and neural mechanisms behind these achievements.

    • Offers the first look into the neuroscience of expertise, a field not previously studied thoroughly
    • Analyses a wide range of expertise domains, divided into three groups: perceptual, cognitive, and motor
    • Tying the newest research on the neuroscience of expertise with studies in cognitive science, the book provides a strong and unifying framework
    • Supplementary online material includes PowerPoint slides for teaching, high-resolution color images from the book and a collection of internet links about the topics discussed in the book
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    'The first comprehensive treatment of this area of research, The Neuroscience of Expertise is an invaluable resource for students of expertise, whatever the level, and will push forward scientific understanding of a topic long of interest to psychologists and laypeople alike.' David Z. Hambrick, The British Journal of Psychology

    '… very well written and reader-friendly … [it] provides undergraduates, among others, much interesting and useful information about expertise …' PsycCRITIQUES

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107084599
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 58 b/w illus. 10 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to research on expertise
    1.1 Introduction
    1.2 Definition of expertise and its domains
    1.3 Cognitive mechanisms in expertise
    1.4 How the brain accommodates expertise
    1.5 Expertise as a research vehicle in cognitive neuroscience
    1.6 Conclusion
    2. Perceptual expertise
    2.1 Introduction
    2.2 Anatomy of the perceptual system
    2.3 Adaptability of the perceptual system
    2.4 Visual expertise
    2.5 Auditory expertise
    2.6 Tactile expertise
    2.7 Gustative expertise
    2.8 Olfactory expertise
    2.9 Conclusion
    3. Cognitive expertise
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 Memory systems and their neural basis
    3.3 Memory expertise (superior memory)
    3.4 Calculation expertise
    3.5 Expertise in board games
    3.6 Spatial expertise
    3.7 Conclusion
    4. Motor expertise
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Anatomy of the motor system
    4.3 Adaptability of the motor system
    4.4 Simple motor tasks (skill acquisition)
    4.5 Motor expertise
    4.6 Music (motor) expertise
    4.7 Cognitive component in motor expertise
    4.8 Neural implementation of motor expertise
    4.9 Conclusions
    5. The road to expertise
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Different experts, same cognitive and neural mechanisms
    5.3 Different approaches in expertise research
    5.4. The road to expertise
    5.5 Nature vs nurture in neuroscience
    5.6 Deliberate practice
    5.7 Conclusion.

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    The Neuroscience of Expertise

    Merim Bilalić

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    Merim Bilalić, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
    Merim Bilalić is Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Northumbria University, Newcastle. He received his DPhil in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, and has subsequently held research and teaching positions at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Brunel University, Eberhard- Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany and Universität Klagenfurt, Austria. His research on problem-solving biases in experts won the Award for the Outstanding Doctoral Research Contribution to Psychology from the British Psychological Society in 2008.

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