Developing Individuality in the Human Brain: A Tribute to Michael I. Posner
The cognitive neuroscience revolution rests on two corner stones: simple experimental paradigms to capture critical components of the mind and new methods to watch what the brain is doing while working in these paradigms. Michael I. Posner has been a driving force behind the use of componential and functional analysis to enhance our knowledge of mind–brain relationships. His scholarship has been pivotal in opening up new theoretical and methodological trajectories in the field. Moreover, he has actively promoted the expansion of the cognitive neuroscience program to encompass psychology.
Developing Individuality in the Human Brain describes the breadth of Posner's influence on the field of cognitive, affective, and developmental neurosciences. In this volume, leading scientists explore the topics that are central to Posner's work, such as the power of componential analysis to uncover critical cognitive functions, how brain images can be used to test psychological theories of distinct cognitive functions, and how individual and developmental differences can be traced to differences in basic neurocognitive functions across people and developmental stages.
This thoughtful collection of essays deftly illustrates how Posner's examination of elementary processes has moved the field toward a fundamental level of understanding about human cognition. This basic understanding will greatly affect how we deal with cognitive development problems that derive either from deficiency of experience or from genetic differences.