Waking and the Reticular Activating System in Health and Disease

Waking and the Reticular Activating System in Health and Disease

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Waking and the Reticular Activating System in Health and Disease provides a comprehensive overview on the "activating" properties of the RAS. In health, the RAS provides the basis against which we assess the external world, and in disease it distorts that world and shatters our self-image. This book describes the physiology of each process, how it is disturbed in each disorder, and what the most appropriate treatment should be. Dr. Garcia-Rill discusses the understanding of the RAS as a system not only modulating waking, but also in charge of survival mechanisms such as fight vs flight responses and reflexes. The full spectrum of these functions helps explain the complexity of symptoms evident in such disorders as disparate as schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. The purpose is to develop an understanding of this homeostatic mechanism that has synergistic action with other mechanisms such as appetite. The author addresses the mechanisms that control waking and arousal, and especially how those mechanisms malfunction in certain neurological and psychiatric disorders. . First comprehensive overview on Waking and the Reticular Activating System in Health and Disease .
Offers a new way of thinking about brain function and the role of the RAS in our waking lives . Written by a leading translational neuroscience researcher
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Product details

  • Electronic book text | 200 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0128016329
  • 9780128016329

About Edgar Garcia-Rill

Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill is a Professor of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, and Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He also holds graduate faculty appointments in the Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences and Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences program. He is the Director of the Center for Translational Neuroscience, a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence.
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Table of contents

1. Governing Principles of Brain Activity   2. The EEG and the Discovery of the RAS   3. Other Regions Modulating Waking   4. Wiring Diagram of the RAS   5. Development and the RAS   6. Ascending Projections of the RAS   7. Descending Projections of the RAS   8. The 10 Hz Fulcrum   9. Gamma Band Activity   10. Preconscious Awareness   11. Psychiatric Disorders and the RAS      12. Neurological Disorders and the RAS   13. The RAS and Drug Abuse   14. The Science of  Waking and Public Policy
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