Brain Architecture: Understanding the Basic Plan / Edition 2

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Now in its second edition, Brain Architecture is the continued exploration of how the brain works. At the very core of our existence, the brain generates our thoughts and feelings, directs our voluntary interactions with the environment, and coordinates all of the vital functions within the body itself. This long-overdue new edition explains this oftentimes daunting intricacy and exquisite detail. The first half of the book discusses the basic parts and how they work, presenting an overview of the nervous system at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels. The approach follows three classic lines of thought that proceed from simple to complex: the history of neuroscience research, the evolution of the nervous system, and the embryological development of the vertebrate central and peripheral nervous systems. The second half of the book outlines the basic wiring diagram of the brain and nervous system-how the parts are interconnected and how they control behavior and the internal state of the body. This is done within the framework of a new four-system network model that greatly simplifies understanding the structure-function organization of the nervous system. Written in clear and sparkling prose, beautifully illustrated, and thoroughly updated, Brain Architecture , Second Edition is must-read for anyone interested in the science of how the brain works.

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Reviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: The scholarly study of anatomy can vary from a monotonous memorization of names and structures, to an artistic representation of the body in da Vinci's style, or to an innovative approach integrating structure, function, and good techniques of memorization. This book stylistically approaches neuroanatomy in an easy to understand manner.
Purpose: The purpose is to address neuroanatomy, evolution, and embryology of the nervous system in a practical, concise, and comprehensive manner. Those objectives are clearly met by all authors.
Audience: The audience is mostly composed of neuroanatomists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons who want to review major topics of already learnt topics in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. All objectives were met. The author is an authority in the subject.
Features: Through history and facts, the authors concentrate on major aspects of behavior and attempts to correlate them with structural concepts in neuroanatomy. The topic is, however, repetitive and, possibly, not necessary, even if the approach to it is different. In my view, it is a replication of other readily available sources of information and probably other sources would be useful in the same fashion. It may be a worthy book, however, for specific populations of neuroscientists and students who would adapt to a more eclectic way of studying. The references are up-to-date.
Assessment: I think this would be an important component of any neuroscience library, as different study modalities may prevail and some students may particularly benefit from this book's style.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195378580
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/26/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,006,882
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Milo Don and Lucille Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles,USA

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Table of Contents

1 How the Brain Works: Structure and Function 1
2 The Simplest Nervous Systems: Neurons, Nerve Nets, and Behavior 9
3 Centralization and Symmetry: Ganglia and Nerves 29
4 The Basic Vertebrate Plan: Nervous System Topology 40
5 Brain and Behavior: A Four Systems Networks Model 80
6 The Motor System: Coordinating External and Internal Behaviors 97
7 The Behavioral State System: Intrinsic Control of Sleep and Wakefulness 139
8 The Cognitive System: Thinking and Voluntary Control of Behavior 156
9 The Sensory System: Inputs from the Environment and the Body 182
10 Modifiability: Learning, Stress, Cycles, and Damage Repair 206
11 Gene Network: Relationship to Neural Networks 219
Appendices 223
Glossary 243
Index 247
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