An Introduction to Nervous Systems

An Introduction to Nervous Systems

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By (author) Ralph J. Greenspan

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  • Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 172 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 184mm x 14mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0879698217
  • ISBN 13: 9780879698218
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 823,593

Product description

An Introduction to Nervous Systems presents the principles of neurobiology from an evolutionary perspective-from single-celled organisms to complex invertebrates such as flies-and is ideal for use as a supplemental textbook. Greenspan describes the mechanisms that allow behavior to become ever more sophisticated-from simple avoidance behavior of Paramecium through to the complex cognitive behaviors of the honeybee-and shows how these mechanisms produce the increasing neural complexity found in these organisms. The book ends with a discussion of what is universal about nervous systems and what may be required, neurobiologically, to be human. This novel and highly readable presentation of fundamental principles of neurobiology is designed to be accessible to undergraduate and graduate students not already steeped in the subject.

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"This book will certainly encourage a new generation of neuroscientists to look to the invertebrates in the search for the principles that underlie the workings of all complicated nervous systems. It fills an important niche alongside the larger, well-established text books of neuroscience, and is strongly recommended."