Sensory Processing in the Mammalian Brain

Sensory Processing in the Mammalian Brain : Neural Substrates and Experimental Strategies

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The essays in this volume are written by neuroscientists distinguished for their research into the neurobiology of mammalian sensory processing. Covering a wide range of current experimental approaches to investigation of the mammalian brain using anatomical, physiological and theoretical techniques, the contributors address the nature of the central neural representation of the major sensory systems - taste, smell, hearing, sight, pain, and touch. They discuss their experimental rationales and methods of approach and comparison of the resulting data, which demonstrate the commonality of many features of neural organization between the different sensory systems explored. Puzzles over the import of elaborately structured maps of sensory function in the cerebral cortex, sensory systems, the nature of neuron assemblies responsible for complex analytic events, and the relation between metabolic patterns of activity and physiological recording of response properties are among the features discussed in detail.show more

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  • Hardback | 366 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 29mm | 962g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195045548
  • 9780195045543

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SMELL AND TASTE: D.A. Wilson & M. Leon: Information processing in the olfactory system; J.C. Boudreau: Analysis of mammalian peripheral taste systems; TOUCH AND PAIN: E.P. Gardner, H.A. Hamalainen, C.I. Palmer, & S. Warren: Touching the outside world: representation of motion and direction within primary somatosensory cortex; D.J. Simons, G.E. Carvell, & P.W. Land: The vibrissa/barrel cortex as a model of sensory information processing; B.L. Whitsel et al: Dynamic processes governing the somatosensory cortical response to natural stimulation; A.T. Kulics & L.J. Cauller: Multielectrode exploration of somatosensory cortex function in the awake monkey; W.D. Willis, Jr.: Neural mechanisms of pain discrimination; HEARING: C. Tsuchitani & D.H. Johnson: Statistical modeling of auditory neuron discharges; D.P. Phillips: The neural coding of simple and complex sounds in the auditory cortex; VISION: J.S. Lund: Mapping strategies of monkey primary visual cortex; G.F. Poggio: Neural responses serving stereopsis in the visual cortex of the alert Macaque monkey: Position-disparity and image-correlation; G.G. Basdel: Topography of visual function as shown with voltage-sensitive dyes; D.L. Tomko: Coding the movements and position of the head in space; D.L. Sparks: The coding of information about eye movements in the superior collicus of Rhesus monkeys: saccade direction, amplitude and velocity; DEVELOPMENT AND REPAIR OF SENSORY SYSTEMS: R.D. Lund: Neural transplantation as an approach to studying sensory system; MODELS OF SENSORY PROCESSING: H.J. Reitboeck: Neural mechanisms of pattern recognition; S.R. Lehky & T.J. Sejnowski: Computing three-dimensional curvature from shaded images; G. Werner: Knowledge and natural selection: five decades on the path to naturalizing epistemology.show more

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