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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.
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"An excellent advanced undergraduate/postgraduate textbook." (Aslib Book Guide, July 2000)

"The emphasis on comparative biology and evolution is one of the distinguishing features of this self-contained book. ....this is an informative and thought-provoking text ..." (Times Higher Educational Supplement, 2nd March 2001)

"this accessible, single-volume introduction to sensory systems is a welcome addition to the literature" (Biologist, Vol.49, No.3, 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471854616
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 7.51 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.95 (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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