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The Biology of Sensory Systems / Edition 1
     

The Biology of Sensory Systems / Edition 1

by C. U. M. Smith, C.U.M. Smith
 

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ISBN-10: 0471890901

ISBN-13: 9780471890904

Pub. Date: 04/06/2000

Publisher: Wiley

A comprehensive and highly illustrated text providing a broad and invaluable overview of sensory systems at the molecular, cellular and neurophysiological level of vertebrates, invertebrates and prokaryotes. It retains a strong focus on human systems, and takes an evolutionary and comparative approach to review the mechanosenses, chemosenses, photosenses, and other

Overview

A comprehensive and highly illustrated text providing a broad and invaluable overview of sensory systems at the molecular, cellular and neurophysiological level of vertebrates, invertebrates and prokaryotes. It retains a strong focus on human systems, and takes an evolutionary and comparative approach to review the mechanosenses, chemosenses, photosenses, and other sensory systems including those for detecting pain, temperature electric and magnetic fields etc.
It incorporates exciting and significant new insights provided by molecular biology which demonstrate how similar the molecular architecture and physiology of sensory cells are across species and across sensory modality, often indicationg a common ancestry dating back over half a billion years.
Written by a renowned author, with extensive teaching experience in the biology of sensory systems, this book includes:

• Over 400 illustrations

• Self-assessment questions

• Full bibliography preceded by short bibliographical essays

• Boxes containing useful supplementary material.
It will be invaluable for undergraduates and postgraduates studying biology, zoology, animal physiology, neuroscience, anatomy, molecular biology, physiological psychology and related courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471890904
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/06/2000
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.82(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

PRELIMINARIES.

Elements.

Membrane and Action Potentials.

General Features of Sensory Systems.

Evolution and Classification of Organisms.

MECHANOSENSITIVITY.

Mechanosensitivity of Cell Membranes.

Kinaesthesia.

Touch.

Equilibrium and Hearing: The Uses of Hair Cells.

Cerebral Analysis.

CHEMOSENSITIVITY.

Chemosensitivity in Prokaryocytes.

Mammalian Chemoenteroreceptors.

Gustation.

Olfaction.

PHOTOSENSITIVITY.

Invertebrate Vision.

The Human Eye.

The Retina.

Visual Pathways and Cortices.

Other Vertebrate Visual Systems.

OTHER SENSES.

Thermosensitivity.

Minority Senses.

Pain.

CODA.

Recurring Themes.

Philosophical Postscript.

Appendix.

List of Acronyms.

Glossary.

Index.

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