Brain Architecture

Brain Architecture : Understanding the Basic Plan

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The brain has been viewed as an organ, machine, biological computer, and nervous system component. What are its major parts and how are they interconnected to generate thinking, feelings, and behaviour? Designed for undergraduates in neuroscience, this work surveys 2500 years of scientific thinking about these questions from the perspective of fundamental architectural principles. It proposes an alternative model for the basic plan of neural systems organization based on an explosion of structural data from the neuroanatomy revolution of the 1970s. Possible relationships between neural networks and gene networks revealed by the human genome project are also explored.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 20 halftones, 64 line illustrations
  • 0195105044
  • 9780195105049

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"Larry Swanson, one of the great contemporary students of brain anatomy, has given us a broad overview of the structure and function of the brain using insights from embryology and from evolutionary comparison to highlight the principles that govern the anatomical substrates of behavior. This book will be read avidly by both students and practicing scientists." Eric R Kandel MD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
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Table of contents

1. How the Brain Works: Structure and Function; 2. The Simplest Nervous Systems: Neurons, Nerve Nets, and Behaviour; 3. Centralization and Symmetry: Ganglia and Nerves; 4. The Basic Vertebrate Plan: Nervous System Topology; 5. Brain and Behaviour: A Four Systems Network Model; 6. The Motor System: Coordinating External and Internal Behaviours; 7. The Behavioural State System: Intrinsic Control of Sleep and Wakefulness; 8. The Cognitive System: Thinking and Voluntary Control of Behaviour; 9. The Sensory System: Inputs from the Environment and the Body; 10. Modifiability: Learning, Stress, Cycles, and Damage Repair; 11. Gene Networks: Relationship to Neural Networks; APPENDICES; A. DESCRIBING POSITION IN THE ANIMAL BODY; B. NAMING AND CLASSIFYING NERVOUS SYSTEM PARTS; C. METHODS FOR ANALYZING BRAIN ARCHITECTURE
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