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The Neuroscience of Freedom and Creativity
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  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107027756
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  • Professor 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.

    • Ties together the facts from diverse methodologies of brain science to provide a plausible explanation of what guides our choices and makes us the masters of our own destiny
    • Emphasises the importance of the perception/action (PA) cycle as the interface between cortex and environment and the ultimate neural substrate for our ability to choose and to create
    • Highlights the speech PA cycle and exposes the role of language and its neural substrate in societal freedom, innovation and ethical behaviour
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    Awards

    • Honourable Mention, 2013 PROSE Award for Biomedicine and Neuroscience

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    "Joaquin 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 of 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 of the Henry H. Wheeler, Jr Brain Imaging Center, University of California, Berkeley

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    01st Aug 2015 by Radwaaldayed

    Professor 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. Ties together the facts from diverse methodologies of brain science to provide a plausible explanation of what guides our choices and makes us the masters of our own destiny Emphasises the importance of the perception/action PA cycle as the interface between cortex and environment and the ultimate neural substrate for our ability to choose and to create Highlights the speech PA cycle and exposes the role of language and its neural substrate in societal freedom, innovation and ethical behaviour

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107027756
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Evolutionary roots of freedom
    3. Anatomy of cognition
    4. The perception/action cycle
    5. Memory of the future
    6. Freedom in speech
    7. Liberty, responsibility, and social order.

  • Author

    Joaquín M. Fuster, University of California, Los Angeles
    Joaquín M. Fuster is Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Brain Research Institute and Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Fuster is an eminent neuroscientist with a career spanning six decades. He is the first to have discovered and described 'memory cells' in the primate brain. He is author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and three books: Memory in the Cerebral Cortex (1995), Cortex and Mind (2003) and The Prefrontal Cortex (1980, and 4th edition, 2008).

    Awards

    • Honourable Mention, 2013 PROSE Award for Biomedicine and Neuroscience

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