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Beyond Neurotransmission : Neuromodulation and its Importance for Information Processing - Paul Katz

Beyond Neurotransmission

Neuromodulation and its Importance for Information Processing

By: Paul Katz (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780198524243
Number Of Pages: 406

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There are many modes of communication that neurons use to transmit information besides what has come to be called neurotransmission. Many of these other types of communication can be classified as neuromodulatory, where instead of conveying excitation or inhibition, the signal from one neuron changes the properties of other neurons or synapses. This form of neuronal communication is often overlooked by systems physiologists, but it is extremely prevalent in the nervous system and needs to be included in any description of how the nervous system processes information. This book provides the foundations for understanding the cellular and molecular basis for neuromodulatory effects. It illustrates some key examples of the roles played by neuromodulation in sensory processing, neuromuscular transmission, generation of motor behaviours, and learning. Finally, the book seeks to point out areas that are likely to be of importance in the future study of information processing by the nervous system. For neurobiology students and researchers, the book summarizes a vast amount of research, and puts it into the context of how these cellular mechanisms are used in systems of neurons. By spanning the levels of analysis from sub-cellular mechanisms through cellular properties and neuronal systems to behaviour, the book provides a framework for understanding this currently exploding field of research. It is accessible to anyone with a basic understanding of neurobiology, but is in depth enough to satisfy readers who are very familiar with the field.

1: Katz: What are we talking about? Modes of neuronal communication 2: Trimmer: The messenger is not the message; or is it? 3: Jonas and Kaczmarek: The inside story: subcellular mechanisms of neuromodulation 4: Turrigiano: Message received: Cellular responses to neuromodulatory signals 5: Philpot, Bear, Abraham: Metaplasticity: the plasticity of synaptic plasticity 6: Mercer: Changing the way we perceive things: sensory systems modulation 7: Hooper et al: Flexibility of Muscle Control by Modulation of Muscle Properties 8: Kiehn and Katz: Making circuits dance: Neuromodulation of motor systems 9: Hasselmo and Linster: Neuromodulation and memory function 10: Katz and Edwards: Metamodulation: The control and modulation of neuromodulation

ISBN: 9780198524243
ISBN-10: 0198524242
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 406
Published: 1st April 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.1  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.82