Biology of Sensory Systems / Edition 2

Biology of Sensory Systems / Edition 2

by Christopher Smith
     
 

Since publication of the first edition, huge developments have taken place in sensory biology research and new insights have been provided in particular by molecular biology. These show the similarities in the molecular architecture and in the physiology of sensory cells across species and across sensory modality and often indicate a common ancestry dating back

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Overview

Since publication of the first edition, huge developments have taken place in sensory biology research and new insights have been provided in particular by molecular biology. These show the similarities in the molecular architecture and in the physiology of sensory cells across species and across sensory modality and often indicate a common ancestry dating back over half a billion years.

Biology of Sensory Systems has thus been completely revised and takes a molecular, evolutionary and comparative approach, providing an overview of sensory systems in vertebrates, invertebrates and prokaryotes, with a strong focus on human senses.

Written by a renowned author with extensive teaching experience, the book covers, in six parts, the general features of sensory systems, the mechanosenses, the chemosenses and the senses which detect electromagnetic radiation. Other sensory systems are also dealt with, including pain, thermosensitivity and minority senses. Finally the book provides an outline and discussion of philosophical implications.

New in this edition:

● Greater emphasis on molecular biology and intracellular mechanisms

● New chapter on genomics and sensory systems

● Sections on TRP channels, synaptic transmission, evolution of nervous systems, arachnid sensory systems, electroreception in the Monotremata, language and the FOXP2 gene, mirror neurons and the molecular biology of pain

● Updated passages on animal and human olfaction and gestation

Over four hundred illustrations, boxes containing supplementary material and self-assessment questions and a full bibliography at the end of each part make Biology of Sensory Systems essential reading for undergraduate students of biology, zoology, animal physiology, neuroscience, anatomy and physiological psychology. The book is also suitable for postgraduate students in more specialised courses such as vision sciences, optometry, neurophysiology, neuropathology, developmental biology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470518625
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Edition description:
New
Pages:
534
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Preliminaries 1

Ch. 1 Elements 3

Ch. 2 Membranes, Action Potentials, Synapses 19

Ch. 3 General Features of Sensory Systems 31

Ch. 4 Classification and Phylogeny 41

Ch. 5 Genes, Genomics and Neurosensory Systems 57

Pt. II Mechanosensitivity 73

Ch. 6 Mechanosensitivity of Cell Membranes 75

Ch. 7 Kinaesthesia 85

Ch. 8 Touch 99

Ch. 9 Equilibrium and Hearing: The Uses of Hair Cells 123

Ch. 10 Cerebral Analysis 147

Pt. III Chemosensitivity 187

Ch. 11 Chemosensitivity in Prokaryocytes 189

Ch. 12 Mammalian Chemo-Enteroreceptors 195

Ch. 13 Gustation 203

Ch. 14 Olfaction 219

Pt. IV Photosensitivity 245

Ch. 15 Invertebrate Vision 253

Ch. 16 The Human Eye 281

Ch. 17 The Retina 315

Ch. 18 Visual Pathways and Cortices 358

Ch. 19 Other Vertebrate Visual Systems 379

Pt. V Other Senses 413

Ch. 20 Thermosensitivity 415

Ch. 21 Minority Senses 423

Ch. 22 Pain 437

Pt. VI Coda 463

Ch. 23 Summing Up 465

Ch. 24 Philosophical Postscript 479

App Some Techniques 497

Acronyms and Abbreviations 501

Glossary 505

Index 511

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