The New Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Complex World

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Elkhonon Goldberg's groundbreaking The Executive Brain was a classic of scientific writing, revealing how the frontal lobes command the most human parts of the mind. Now he offers a completely new book, providing fresh, iconoclastic ideas about the relationship between the brain and the mind.
In The New Executive Brain, Goldberg paints a sweeping panorama of cutting-edge thinking in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, one that ranges far beyond the frontal lobes. Drawing on the latest discoveries, and developing complex scientific ideas and relating them to real life through many fascinating case studies and anecdotes, the author explores how the brain engages in complex decision-making; how it deals with novelty and ambiguity; and how it addresses moral choices. At every step, Goldberg challenges entrenched assumptions. For example, we know that the left hemisphere of the brain is the seat of language—but Goldberg argues that language may not be the central adaptation of the left hemisphere. Apes lack language, yet many also show evidence of asymmetric hemispheric development. Goldberg also finds that a complex interaction between the frontal lobes and the amygdale—between a recently evolved and a much older part of the brain—controls emotion, as conscious thoughts meet automatic impulses. The author illustrates this observation with a personal example: the difficulty he experienced when trying to pick up a baby alligator he knew to be harmless, as his amygdala battled his effort to extend his hand.
In the years since the original Executive Brain, Goldberg has remained at the front of his field, constantly challenging orthodoxy. In this revised and expanded edition, he affirms his place as one of our most creative and insightful scientists, offering lucid writing and bold, paradigm-shifting ideas.

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Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D. is Clinical Professor of Neurology, New York University School of Medicine. He was a student of the great Russian neuropsychologist Alexander Luria, and is the author of The Executive Brain and The Wisdom Paradox.

Contenuti:

  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: An End and a Beginning: A Dedication
  • 3: The Brain's Chief Executive: The Frontal Lobes at a Glance
  • The Many Faces of Leadership
  • The Executive Lobe
  • 4: Architecture of the Brain: A Primer
  • The Microscopic View
  • The Macroscopic View
  • The Command Post and its Connections
  • 5: The Orchestra's Front Row: The Cortex
  • Sounds and Players
  • Noah's Predicament and the Landscapes of the Brain
  • Neuropaganism: Module Madness
  • Cognitive Gradients and Cognitive Hierarchies
  • A Thing is a Thing
  • A Word to a Thing
  • Autonomy and Control in the Brain
  • 6: Novelty, Routines, and Cerebral Hemispheres
  • Agnosias and Hemispheres
  • Executive Deficit and Hemispheres
  • 7: The Conductor: A Closer Look at the Frontal Lobes
  • Novelty and the Frontal Lobes
  • Working Memory—or Working with Memory?
  • Freedom of Choice, Ambiguity, and the Frontal Lobes
  • Neuroeverything
  • 8: Emotion and Cognition
  • 9: Different Lobes for Different Folks: Decision-Making Styles and the Frontal Lobes
  • The Neuropsychology of Individual Differences
  • Male and Female Cognitive Styles
  • Frontal Lobes, Hemispheres, and Cognitive Styles
  • Cognitive Styles and Brain Writing
  • Rebels in Small Proportion: Handedness and Novelty Seeking
  • Executive Talents: The S Factor and the Theory of Mind
  • 10: When the Leader is Wounded
  • The Fragile Frontal Lobes
  • Frontal Lobe Syndromes
  • Drive and Newtonian Bodies: A Dorsolateral Case Study
  • Plans and the "Memories of the Future"
  • Rigidity of Mind
  • Mind Blindspot: Anosognosia
  • 11: Social Maturity, Morality, Law, and the Frontal Lobes
  • Orbitofrontal "Pseudopsychopathic" Syndrome and the Loss of Self-Control
  • Social Maturity and the Frontal Lobes
  • Biological Maturation and Social Maturity: A Historical Puzzle
  • Frontal Lobe Damage and Criminal Behavior
  • The Hapless Robber
  • Frontal Lobe Damage and the Public Blindspot
  • 12: Fateful Disconnections
  • The Fallen Horseman: A Case Study
  • Schizophrenia: A Connection that was Never Made
  • Head Trauma: A Broken Connection
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Fragile Connection
  • ADHD Conquered: How Toby from Down Under Reclaimed Himself
  • Jerky Ties and Ticky Jokes
  • The Cortex and the Striatum
  • 13: "What Can You Do for Me?"
  • "Cognotropic" Drugs
  • Jogging the Brain
  • History of Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Brain Plasticity and Cognitive Exercise
  • Cognitive Fitness: Beginning of a Trend
  • Beginnings of a Program
  • 14: Breaking and Entering
  • 15: Frontal Lobes and the Leadership Paradox
  • Autonomy and Control in the Brain
  • Autonomy and Control in Society
  • Autonomy and Control in the Digital World
  • Epilogue
  • References and Notes
  • Index

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