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Brain Circuits and Functions of the Mind : Essays in Honor of Roger Wolcott Sperry, Author - Colwyn B. Trevarthern

Brain Circuits and Functions of the Mind

Essays in Honor of Roger Wolcott Sperry, Author

By: Colwyn B. Trevarthern (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th August 1990
ISBN: 9780521378741
Number Of Pages: 452

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In the history of American neuroscience, Roger Sperry and his contribution are outstanding. In this book, over twenty of his students, research colleagues and scientific friends, themselves all notable neuroscientists, review fifty years of his tireless experimentation and brilliant theoretical argument, also reviewing their own work in the context of Sperry"s contributions to their fields. Sperry"s challenging and controversial theories are very much alive in contemporary brain science, cognitive psychology and the philosophy of mind. Curiosity about the most difficult questions, such as those concerning conscious awareness, memory and volition led Sperry from the study of the control of complex patterns in brain circuit growth to discovery of the split brain phenomenon, which illuminated how the two halves of the brain integrate their different functions. In revolutionary tests on patients whose hemispheres had been disconnected to prevent the build-up of severe epileptic seizures, two complementary realms of mind were revealed, one verbal and rational ("left brain") nd the other more spatial, metaphorical and intuitive ("right brain"). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for this work in 1981. Although this book is written for students and researchers in the fields of psychology and neuroscience, it will hold interest for any reader who is curious about the workings of the mind and the brain.

Contributors
Foreword
Editor+s preface
Specification of Behavioral Nerve Networks in Invertebrates
Ontogenesis of neuronal nets: the chemoaffinity theory, 1963-1983
The chemoaffinity hypothesis: an appreciation of Roger W. Sperry+s contributions to developmental biology
Retinotectal connections made through ectopic optic nerves
Neural reconnection between the eye and the brain in goldfish
The case for chemoaffinity in the retinotectal system
Split-Brain Studies of Perception, Motor Coordination, and Learning in Cats and Monkeys, and Comparisons to Humans
The role of the corpus callosum in the representation of the visual field in cortical areas
Studies of visual perception and orienting in cats with fore- and midbrain commissure section
Brain pathways in the visual guidance of movement and the behavioral functions of the cerebellum
Intermanual transfer, interhemispheric interaction, and handedness in man and monkeys
Hemispheric specialization in monkeys
A corticolimbic memory path revealed through its disconnection
Cerebral Hemispheres and Human Consciousness
Partial hemispheric independence with the neocommissures intact
Regulation and generation of perception in the asymmetric brain
The neurobiological basis of hemisphericity
Long-term semantic memory in the two cerebral hemispheres
Hughlings Jackson on the recognition of places, persons, and objects
Lessons from cerebral commissurotomy: auditory attention, haptic memory, and visual images in verbal associative-learning
The saga of right-hemisphere reading
The role of the right cerebral hemisphere in evaluating configurations
Growth and education in the hemispheres
Hemispheric specialization in the aged brain
Forebrain commissurotomy and conscious awareness
publications of
students and collaborators of
Index
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ISBN: 9780521378741
ISBN-10: 0521378745
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 452
Published: 13th August 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.8