The neuroscience of expertise

Merim Bilalić*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages300
ISBN (Electronic)9781316026847
ISBN (Print)9781107084599
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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