Fundamental Neuroscience / Edition 2

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Fundamental Neuroscience, 3rd Edition introduces graduate and upper-level undergraduate students to the full range of contemporary neuroscience. Addressing instructor and student feedback on the previous edition, all of the chapters are rewritten to make this book more concise and student-friendly than ever before. Each chapter is once again heavily illustrated and provides clinical boxes describing experiments, disorders, and methodological approaches and concepts. A companion web site contains test questions, and an imagebank of the figures for ready use in presentations, slides, and handouts.

Capturing the promise and excitement of this fast-moving field, Fundamental Neuroscience, 3rd Edition is the text that students will be able to reference throughout their neuroscience careers!

New to this edition:
* 30% new material including new chapters on Dendritic Development and Spine Morphogenesis, Chemical Senses, Cerebellum, Eye Movements, Circadian Timing, Sleep and Dreaming, and Consciousness
* Companion website with figures, web links to additional material, and test questions
* Additional text boxes describing key experiments, disorders, methods, and concepts
* Multiple model system coverage beyond rats, mice, and monkeys
* Extensively expanded index for easier referencing

Audience: Graduate students and researchers in neuroscience, as well as medical students.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: This compendium of neurophysiology emphasizes major aspects of applied neurophysiology and the implications in the care of neurological and neurosurgical patients.
Purpose: The purpose is to address different aspects of modern neurophysiology and the possible clinical applications of major discoveries in the field. The author meets these objectives.
Audience: The audience is mostly composed of neurologists, neurophysiologists, neurosurgeons, and professionals in the midst of their training.
Features: The book's 54 chapters provide an updated and yet simple approach to complex and current neurophysiological problems. As in most neurophysiology books, basic neuroanatomical and neuro-embryological concepts are spread throughout the first few chapters. Good illustrations and up-to-date references populate the book from beginning to end. The important topic of nervous system regulation is well described in a chapter of its own and more complex concepts are further explained throughout the rest of the book. Reference to clinical topics is scattered but enough for a book of this kind. The book is unique in its presentation and provides a compilation of the available literature.
Assessment: This is an important book for any neuroscience library. Readers will benefit from reading it from beginning to end.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780126603040
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1426

Meet the Author

Larry R. Squire is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. He is also a Research Career Scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Diego. Squire is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a past president of the Society for Neuroscience.

Floyd Bloom was the editor of Science magazine, now Brain Research.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
I Neuroscience
1 Fundamentals of Neuroscience
2 The Architecture of Nervous Systems
II Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
3 Cellular Components of Nervous Tissue
4 Subcellular Organization of the Nervous System: Organelles and Their Functions
5 Electrotonic Properties of Axons and Dendrites
6 Membrane Potential and Action Potential
7 Neurotransmitters
8 Release of Neurotransmitters
9 Neurotransmitter Receptors
10 Intracellular Signaling
11 Postsynaptic Potentials and Synaptic Integration
12 Information Processing in Complex Dendrites
13 Brain Energy Metabolism
III Nervous System Development
14 Neural Induction and Pattern Formation
15 Neurogenesis and Migration
16 Cellular Determination
17 Growth Cones and Axon Pathfinding
18 Target Selection, Topographic Maps, and Synapse Formation
19 Programmed Cell Death and Neurotrophic Factors
20 Synapse Elimination
21 Early Experience and Critical Periods
IV Sensory Systems
22 Fundamentals of Sensory Systems
23 Sensory Transduction
24 Chemical Senses: Taste and Olfaction
25 The Somatosensory System
26 Audition
27 Vision
V Motor Systems
28 Fundamentals of Motor Systems
29 The Spinal Cord, Muscle, and Locomotion
30 Descending Control of Movement
31 The Basal Ganglia
32 Cerebellum
33 Eye Movements
VI Regulatory Systems
34 The Hypothalamus: An Overview of Regulatory Systems
35 Central Control of Autonomic Functions: Organization of the Autonomic Nervous System
36 Neural Regulation of the Cardiovascular System
37 Neural Control of Breathing
38 Food Intake and Metabolism
39 Water Intake and Body Fluids
40 Neuroendocrine Systems
41 Circadian Timing
42 Sleep, Dreaming, and Wakefulness
43 Motivation and Reward
44 Drug Reward and Addiction
VII Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
45 Human Brain Evolution
46 Cognitive Development and Aging
47 Visual Perception of Objects
48 Spatial Cognition
49 Attention
50 Learning and Memory: Basic Mechanisms
51 Learning and Memory: Brain Systems
52 Language and Communication
53 The Prefrontal Cortex and Executive Brain Functions
54 Executive Control and Thought
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