The Cerebellum and Adaptive Control

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Overview

This book reinforces the view that the cerebellum functions as an adaptive control system, automatically adjusting its output as needed for such eventualities as temporary or lasting muscle weakness. It is the first text to synthesize the substantial body of literature on the subject, combining the neuroscience of the cerebellum with the science of control theory common to electrical and computer engineers. An appendix demonstrates evidence to support the adaptive control model from a detailed comparison of the cerebellum with an adaptive signal processor of the author's design and construction. In addition, the author's clinical perspective offers a broader view of cerebellar function beyond basic neuroscience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521808422
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Anatomy and Physiology: 1. Introduction; 2. Some aspects of comparative anatomy of the cerebellum; 3. Aspects of the anatomy and physiology of the cerebellar cortex; 4. The mossy fiber afferent system; 5. The inferior olivary system and the climbing fibers; 6. The cerebellar nuclei and their efferent pathways; aspects of voluntary motor learning; Part II. Function: 7. Cerebellar memory, long-term depression (LTD), and long-term potentiation (LTP); 8. The vestibulocerebellum and the oculomotor system; 9. The cerebellum and cognition; 10. Timing functions, classical conditioning, and instrumental conditioning; 11. Some aspects of cerebellar pathology in humans and animals; genetic alterations; 12. Specialized cerebellum-like structures; Part III. Models and Theories: 13. Non-adaptive models, forerunners of adaptive models, and earlier adaptive control models; 14. Neural networks and adaptive control; neural network models; 15. Some specific features of adaptive controllers and adaptive signal processors; 16. Adaptive control models; Part IV. Summary and Conclusions: 17. The cerebellum as an adaptive controller; Appendix; Author's note; Bibliography; Index.

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