Dear Auditory List,
I'm writing to alert you to a book I've written, which has just come out. It's called "Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are". It covers all aspects of spatial processing including vision, hearing, proprioception, balance, motor control and navigation and how these systems interact with each other. It culminates in a discussion of how the brain infrastructure for processing spatial information may be recruited for higher cognitive functions including memory, language, and perhaps thought itself.
One of my goals in writing this book was to explain the science I'm passionately interested in to a general audience -- while not simplifying the material beyond recognition. The kind of thing you might like to give to friends or relatives to explain what you do and why it is interesting. I also use the book as the main reading for my undergraduate class as well as my online MOOC on Coursera ("The Brain and Space", open now); considerable information sneaks in under the radar without appearing to be delivered via a textbook.
Members of "Auditory" were enormously helpful in discussing a key sound localization challenge that serves as a focus of the chapter on spatial hearing: why it is so hard to find which smoke detector has the dead battery when it begins to chirp.
I've attached a flier. The table of contents and index are also available on my website (www.duke.edu/~jmgroh).
And while I have your attention: I'm also recruiting graduate students and a postdoc. I would be grateful if you would point interested parties to the ad posted on my web site.
-- Jennifer M. Groh, Ph.D. Professor Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Department of Neurobiology Center for Cognitive Neuroscience B203 LSRC, Box 90999 Durham, NC 27708 919-681-6536 www.duke.edu/~jmgroh
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