The Synaptic Organization of the Brain

The Synaptic Organization of the Brain

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It is widely recognized that the neural basis of brain function can be fully understood only by integrating many disciplines at many levels. Studies os synaptic organization are bringing about a quiet revolution in achieving this goal, as documented by this unique book over the past 30 years. In this fifth edition, the results of the mouse and human genome projects are incorporated for the first time. Molecular biologists interested in functional genomics and proteomics of the brain will find answers here to the critical questions: what are the cell and circuit functions of gene products? Also for the first time, the reader is oriented to supporting neuroscience databases. Among the new advances covered are 2-photon confocal laser microscopy of dendrites and dendritic spines, biochemical analyses, and dual patch and multielectrode recordings, applied together with an increasing range of behavioural and gene-targeting methods. Leading experts in the best understood brain regions bring together the molecular, anatomical, functional, and behavioural data in authoritative integrated accounts.
The chapters are organized in the same format, covering the neural elements, synaptic connections, basic circuits, physiology, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, membrane properties, dendritic properties, and with a final section on how the circuits mediate specific behaviours. The uniform framework for each chapter enables the authors to higlight the principles that are common to all regions, as well as the adaptations unique to each, thus serving as a model for understanding the neural basis of behaviour.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 170.18 x 241.3 x 50.8mm | 1,292.73g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • numerous line drawings & halftones
  • 019515956X
  • 9780195159561
  • 888,725

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This fifth edition of Shepherd's well-respected text is still worth having on the bookshelf . . . the regions covered are dealt with systematically and clearly. Each chapter has a similar structure, with sections on the neuronal elements present, their synaptic connections and basic circuits, their intrinsic membrane properties, synaptic actions and dendritic properties, and the functional properties of the circuits. This is all done clearly and thoroughly, packing
a great deal of information into a small space . . . The synaptic organisation of the brain is a classic text, and still very much worth having and reading for anyone interested in the details of neuroscience. * Physiology News, Number 56 *
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Table of contents

1. Introduction to Synaptic Circuits ; 2. Membrane Properties and Neurotransmitter Actions ; 3. Spinal Cord: Ventral Horn ; 4. Cochlear Nucleus ; 5. Olfactory Bulb ; 6. Retina ; 7. Cerebellum ; 8. Thalamus ; 9. Basal Ganglia ; 10. Olfactory Cortex ; 11. Hippocampus ; 12. Neocortex
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