The Nervous System

The Nervous System

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This edition has been revised and updated to take into account recent scholarship in this extensive subject. In our most basic bodily functions, in anything from kicking a ball to writing a symphony, the nervous system is involved. Designed for both student and layman, the book examines such topics as memory and how is it possible to lose it, how we see, and what actually happens in our nose when we smell. From a description of the physiological processes involved, the book goes on to consider questions such as how sensation acquires meaning (in pain, for example), how the nervous system is affected by external influences as various as the earth's magnetic field and a bullet through the brain. Dr Peter Nathan is the author of "The Psychology of Fascism" (1943) and "The Retreat from Reason" (1956).show more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 8pp plates, line drawings, bibliography, index
  • 0192821520
  • 9780192821522

Table of contents

Introduction. Functions and structure of the nervous system of vertebrates; examining the world; light receptors - looking; sound receptors - listening; olfactory receptors - smelling; gustatory receptors - tasting; cutaneous receptors - touching and feeling; receptors for the inside world; nerves and nerve fibres; communication within the nervous system; standing and moving; awake and exploring - relaxed and sleeping; needs, desires and emotions; pain; the centre of the brain - the hypothalamus; broadcasting information - hormones; general plan of the human brain; exploring man's living brain; sensation acquires a meaning; speech and other symbols; learning; remembering; personality and the brain. Glossary. Index.show more

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