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Neuroscience by Dale Purves, Williams, McNamara, LaMantia

A classy introductory text to how the nervous system works highlighting the challenges, controversies, and uncertainties in neuroscience. The 15 contributors (neurobiology, Duke U. Medical Center) extend both their talents in neuroscience and teaching in a systematic outline of the nervous system's organization, neural signaling, sensation and sensory processing, movement and its central control, brain development, and complex brain function including discussions of cognition, sleep, and sexuality. Includes quality color illustrations and photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878937257
Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 773
Product dimensions: 8.94(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Dale Purves is Director of the Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders program at Duke's Graduate Medical School and Executive Director of the Neuroscience Research Partnership at A*STAR (both located in Singapore).

George J. Augustine is Professor of Neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine.

David Fitzpatrick is Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.

William C. Hall is Professor of Neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Anthony-Samuel LaMantia is Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology at The George Washington University and Director of the GW Institute for Neuroscience.

Leonard E. White is Associate Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Table of Contents

1The Organization of the Nervous System1
Unit INeural Signaling
2Electrical Signals of Nerve Cells43
3Voltage-Dependent Membrane Permeability57
4Channels and Transporters77
5Synaptic Transmission99
6Neurotransmitters117
7Neurotransmitter Receptors and Their Effects141
8Intracellular Signal Transduction165
Unit IISensation and Sensory Processing
9The Somatic Sensory System189
10Pain209
11Vision: The Eye223
12Central Visual Pathways251
13The Auditory System275
14The Vestibular System297
15The Chemical Senses317
Unit IIIMovement and Its Central Control
16Lower Motor Neuron Circuits and Motor Control347
17Upper Motor Neuron Control of the Brainstem and Spinal Cord369
18Modulation of Movement by the Basal Ganglia391
19Modulation of Movement by the Cerebellum409
20Eye Movements and Sensory Motor Integration427
21The Visceral Motor System443
Unit IVThe Changing Brain
22Early Brain Development471
23Construction of Neural Circuits493
24Modification of Brain Circuits as a Result of Experience519
25Plasticity of Mature Synapses and Circuits535
Unit VComplex Brain Functions
26The Association Cortices565
27Language and Lateralization587
28Sleep and Wakefulness603
29Emotions625
30Sex, Sexuality, and the Brain645
31Human Memory665

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