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Covering the basics of neuroscience, including a chapter on the vocabulary of the nervous system (a great brush-up even for those who have some prior knowledge of neuroscience), this excellent reference eases the student through more difficult topics such as reflexes, eye-hand coordination, and neural control of running and walking. Each chapter begins with an outline, and a comprehensive glossary rounds out the book. More than 50 original line drawings illustrate key concepts.

* Presents difficult information on neuroscience in an easy-to-understand manner.
• Explains the major organizational subdivisions of the central nervous system briefly, with an emphasis on structures and structural relationships that impact motor control.
• Presents typical spinal cord and brainstem reflexes involved in motor control and discusses the methods for using these reflexes to influence strength gains and muscle flexibility.
• Includes the most current research on the neural control of hand-eye coordination, discussed in relation to its importance to rehabilitation medicine and childrens' physical education.
• Chapter on the neural control of human locomotion integrates concepts in previous chapters to show the harmony of neural interaction that is needed to complete any motor act.
• Includes the latest research (by the author) showing that humans can consciously alter reflex activity and the impact of these findings on athletic performance, recovery from injury, and motor learning.
• Concepts are illustrated with anecdotes and examples making difficult information less intimidating and easier to grasp.
• Includes topics like hand-eye coordination and human locomotion, applying neuroscience to everyday activities and making highly theoretical information useful.
• More than 50 original line drawings illustrate key concepts.
• Chapter outlines give students an overview of the information to be presented.
• Comprehensive glossary provides an easy review of difficult terminology.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Karen Freeman Ortman, MM, BA, PT (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book introduces the reader to the central nervous system, its development, and its essential role in coordinated, functional human movement.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce the concepts of neuroscience in a manner that is not intimidating. Its goal is the integration of structure and function by focusing on the neural basis of human movement. It also provides a synthesis of the current information available on motor control.
Audience: The intended audience includes medical, physical therapy, and physical education students, as well as practicing rehabilitation clinicians. My opinion is that the text is best suited for practitioners seeking a review or an updated overview. It also serves to stimulate interest in students new to the field. The author is a credible expert.
Features: The illustrations flow nicely with the key points highlighted. They are well labeled, readable, and concise. The index and table of contents are adequate. The color graphic on the cover is very attractive and the book is easily to handle. The glossary is concisely written and very valuable to readers attempting to synthesize this information.
Assessment: The book succeeds in its objectives of providing a useful tool for students of neuroscience and practicing clinicians with information that integrates their knowledge of neuroanatomy and function to human movement. The author does an admirable job of building a knowledge base and applying real-life experiences to draw readers in, with language that helps them make sense of the complexities normally associated with the study of neuroscience and motor control. There is a concise, basic review of the central nervous system, an historical perspective on the evolution of human movement, and a synthesis of the neural components, physiological function, and pharmacological mechanisms that result in coordinated, functional human movement. It is well written and well referenced to encourage the reader to seek more detailed information and continue learning.
Karen Freeman Ortman
This book introduces the reader to the central nervous system, its development, and its essential role in coordinated, functional human movement. The purpose is to introduce the concepts of neuroscience in a manner that is not intimidating. Its goal is the integration of structure and function by focusing on the neural basis of human movement. It also provides a synthesis of the current information available on motor control. The intended audience includes medical, physical therapy, and physical education students, as well as practicing rehabilitation clinicians. My opinion is that the text is best suited for practitioners seeking a review or an updated overview. It also serves to stimulate interest in students new to the field. The author is a credible expert. The illustrations flow nicely with the key points highlighted. They are well labeled, readable, and concise. The index and table of contents are adequate. The color graphic on the cover is very attractive and the book is easily to handle. The glossary is concisely written and very valuable to readers attempting to synthesize this information. The book succeeds in its objectives of providing a useful tool for students of neuroscience and practicing clinicians with information that integrates their knowledge of neuroanatomy and function to human movement. The author does an admirable job of building a knowledge base and applying real-life experiences to draw readers in, with language that helps them make sense of the complexities normally associated with the study of neuroscience and motor control. There is a concise, basic review of the central nervous system, an historical perspective on the evolution of human movement,and a synthesis of the neural components, physiological function, and pharmacological mechanisms that result in coordinated, functional human movement. It is well written and well referenced to encourage the reader to seek more detailed information and continue learning.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815153719
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Vocabulary of the Nervous System Chapter 2. Glimpses of Organizational Form and Function Chapter 3. Principles of Reflex Action and Motor Control Chapter 4. The Role of the Cerebral Cortex in Movement Chapter 5. Neural Control of Human Locomotion Chapter 6. The Neuroscience of Motor Learning Chapter 7. The Anatomy of Eye-Hand Coordination Glossary

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