The cortex continues to be the subject of intense scientific curiosity, as it has been for the past 30 years. It is the most highly developed part of the brain, yet the youngest in evolutionary terms. It is fundamental to human behaviour, thinking, and self-understanding, and a study of its structure and performance must encompass aspects of anatomy, physiology, psychology, and neurology.
This book provides a unique account of the structural and functional organization of the cerebral cortex from the point of view of one of the pioneers in the field. It is a revised and updated translation of the author's classic German text, and brings together for the first time the biological, psychological, and philosophical strands of enquiry relating to this fascinating area of the brain. The author's outstanding scientific reputation, combined with a subject of intense interest to researchers, will ensure that this book will be valued both for its scientific and historical contributions.
`In addition to demonstrating Creutzfeldt's contribution to neuroscience, this text provides an excellent contribution of anatomy and physiology to our understanding of cortical function, and is highly commended.'
John Greene, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 1996
`This book is compulsory reading for all in neuroscience research, and those coming into it.'
Laurence J. Garey, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, TINS, Vol. 19, No. 7, 1996
`'...a comprehensive synopsis of cortical sturcture and function in relation to sensory-motor and cognitive performance...the book provides a rich source of empirical facts and critical reasoning for students of biology, physiology, neurology, psychology and philosophy. It is an invitation to all to join the program of an integrative neuroscience and, oreover, to be challenged to come closer to the alleged limits in the relationship between brain and mind,
eager to find a way to transcend them.''
Ethology 104, 805-808 (1998)
1 Historical introduction:
2: Phylogenetic, ontogenetic, and functional development
3: The general structural organization of the neocortex
4: General neurophysiology of the cortex
5: Spontaneous and evoked cortical potentials
6: Functional topography of sensory and motor areas
7: The association cortex
8: Significance of the cerebral cortex for cognitive and symbolic activity
9: The allocortex and limbic system
10: A general model of cortical function: concluding considerations