Neuroscience in Space / Edition 1

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This book offers an overview of neuroscience research performed in space since the observations made during the first manned space flights to the detailed scientific investigations currently being carried out onboard the International Space Station. This book is for the general scientific reader. Each project and the reason why it was done is described with illustrations, rationale and hypothesis, and a summary of results. Also, reference lists guide readers to the published papers from experiments. This book is a legacy of what we have learned on brain mechanisms and functions through research done in space, and a guide for what could be investigated in the future.

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"Clément … present a comprehensive review of animal and human neuroscience research conducted either in space or with subjects who just returned from space. The information is presented with the detail that scientists require, clearly outlining the complicated issues involved in sending humans on brief and extended space journeys. … Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals." (D. K. Fry, Choice, Vol. 46 (7), March, 2009)

"The complexities of changes to the central and peripheral nervous systems as a result of space travel are described in great detail in this 322-page book … . For those of you who are thinking that now may be a good time to move to Mars, there is a section (albeit short) on what to expect … you get there. … if you want a bit of diversion while still remaining in the neuroscience world, here is a book that many will find intriguing." (American Journal of Neuroradiology, Vol. 30, March, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387789491
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 8/2/2008
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Since the first orbital flight of John Glenn, investigations have been conducted on the adaptation of nervous functions to space flight Millard Reschke and Gilles Clément have been active in this research, with experiments flown onboard Salyut, Mir, Spacelab, and 30+ flights of the Space Shuttle . This book presents in a readable text and detailed illustrations the findings from these experiments conducted during and after space missions. The authors also identify the neuroscience research that is foreseen onboard the International Space Station and what do we need to learn to understand fully the implications and risks in this area for a human mission to Mars.

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Foreword.- Brain and Space, The Last Two Frontiers.- Neurosciences: What is it.- History of Space Neurosciences.- Space Neurobiology.- Human Sensory Functions in Space.- Human Behavior and Performance in Space.- Integrative Effects (Combined effects of Neurovestibular functions and other functions, such as…).- Neuroscience in Space: What We Don't Know.- Countermeasures (or How to Live in Space; or Trip to Mars).- References.- Index.

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