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Neurobiology - Gordon M. Shepherd

Paperback Published: 1st April 1994
ISBN: 9780195088434
Number Of Pages: 774

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This widely used and highly praised textbook has been extensively revised to reflect the most exciting research across the entire range of neuroscience. A new feature is an introductory discussion of the mechanisms of gene regulation, while the superfamily of molecules responsible for membrane signaling is given new emphasis as a unifying theme throughout molecular and cellular neurobiology. The roles of these molecules in impulse conduction and synaptic transmission are fully explained, and illustrated by computer models. For the first time in a neurobiology text, these mechanisms can be explored by using a state-of-the-art interactive computer program provided with an accompanying tutorial handbook. In the sections dealing with neural systems, the comparative approach continues to be used to illustrate general principles. Students learn about the progress being made toward a molecular basis for sensory perception and new methods for revealing the neural activity underlying sensory and motor functions are described. There is an emphasis on the plasticity of both sensory and the motor circuits in mediating functions that reflect the effects of activity or recovery from injury. Central systems continue to be featured as the culmination of neural evolution. These include the systems vital for all animals, such as sleeping, feeding and reproduction, as well as the systems for language, emotion and higher cognitive functions that reach their peak in humans. There is special emphasis on recent work on memory, contrasting the mechanisms for short-term working memory and long-term memory and summarizing the present understanding of the mechanisms of long-term potential. The twin themes of organizational levels and comparative systems help bring together the vast range of studies and provides a conceptual framework that unifies the field of neurobiology. As in previous editions, the text continues to draw on the advantages of having a single author. In addition, leaders in a number of specialties have assisted the author, so that the text represents the most up-to-date views of current research on the nervous system.

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"Very impressive; clear writing and a well-rounded overview of modern neurobiology."--Dr. Duane McPherson, SUNY Geneseo "The author succeeded in performing what seemed to be an almost impossible mission: writing a comprehensive, updated and well-written textbook of neurobiology within reasonable spatial constraints....[An] especially attractive feature of this book is the delightful style of writing which makes reading a real pleasure....I strongly recommend this book as a textbook for undergraduate and medical students, or as a general reference book for neurobiology...it is far superior to other textbooks of its kind."--Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology "An excellent text for use in introductory Neuroscience courses for graduate students. It is well written, with very good illustrations, and covers the broad area of neurobiology."--Greg Maguire, University of Texas Medical School From reviews of previous editions: "It is easy to be enthusiastic about this superb volume. It should become the required text for all first-year medical students and all graduate students in the neurosciences." --Journal of the American Medical Association "Although there has been an explosive increase in factual information about the nervous system in the past decade, an integrated conceptual approach to understanding its workings has been sorely lacking, especially in introductory textbooks. This handsome book is the most lucid and comprehensive available to fill this void." --New England Journal of Medicine

1: Introduction PART I: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms 2: Molecular Neurobiology 3: Neurons and Glia 4: The Membrane Potential 5: The Action Potential 6: The Synapse 7: Synaptic Potentials and Synaptic Integration 8: Second Messengers and Neuromodulators 9: Developmental Neurobiology PART II: Sensory Systems 10: Introduction: From Receptors to Perceptions 11: Chemical Senses 12: The Somatic Senses 13: Muscle Sense and Kinesthesia 14: The sense of Balance 15: Hearing 16: Vision PART III: Motor Systems 17: Introduction: The Nature of Motor Function 18: Autonomic Functions 19: Reflexes and Fixed Motor Responses 20: Locomotion 21: Motor Hierarchies 22: Manipulation 23: Communication and Speech PART IV: Central Systems 24: Introduction: The Nature of Central Systems 25: Biorhythms 26: Visceral Brains: Feeding 27: Visceral Brains: Mating 28: Emotion 29: Learning and Memory 30: The Cerebral Cortex and Human Behavior

ISBN: 9780195088434
ISBN-10: 0195088433
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 774
Published: 1st April 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 3.91
Weight (kg): 1.29
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised

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