Barrel Cortex

Barrel Cortex

by Kevin Fox
     
 

ISBN-10: 052185217X

ISBN-13: 9780521852173

Pub. Date: 04/07/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The barrel cortex contains the somatosensory representation of the whiskers on the face of the rodent and forms an early stage of cortical processing for tactile information. It is an area of great importance for understanding how the cerebral cortex works because the cortical columns that form the basic building blocks of the cerebral cortex can be seen within the…  See more details below

Overview

The barrel cortex contains the somatosensory representation of the whiskers on the face of the rodent and forms an early stage of cortical processing for tactile information. It is an area of great importance for understanding how the cerebral cortex works because the cortical columns that form the basic building blocks of the cerebral cortex can be seen within the barrel cortex. In this advanced graduate and research level text, Kevin Fox explores three main aspects of the barrel cortex: development, sensory processing and plasticity. Initial chapters introduce the topic, describing those animals that have barrels, the functional anatomy of the system and the cellular and synaptic physiology of the cortical microcircuit. The book concludes with a chapter covering the numerous fields where the barrel cortex is used as a model system for solving problems in other areas of research, including stroke, angiogenesis and understanding active touch.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521852173
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/07/2008
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the barrel cortex; 2. Anatomical pathways; 3. Cellular and synaptic organization of the barrel cortex; 4. Development of barrel cortex; 5. Sensory physiology; 6. Synaptic plasticity of barrel cortex; 7. Experience-dependent plasticity; 8. New and emerging fields in barrel cortex research.

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