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Preface Chapter 1. Studying the Nervous SystemUNIT I. NEURAL SIGNALINGChapter 2. Electrical Signals of Nerve CellsChapter 3. Voltage-Dependent Membrane PermeabilityChapter 4. Ion Channels and TransportersChapter 5. Synaptic TransmissionChapter 6. Neurotransmitters and Their ReceptorsChapter 7. Molecular Signaling within NeuronsChapter 8. Synaptic PlasticityUNIT II. SENSATION AND SENSORY PROCESSINGChapter 9. The Somatosensory System: Touch and ProprioceptionChapter 10. PainChapter 11. Vision: The EyeChapter 12. Central Visual PathwaysChapter 13. The Auditory SystemChapter 14. The Vestibular SystemChapter 15. The Chemical SensesUNIT III. MOVEMENT AND ITS CENTRAL CONTROLChapter 16. Lower Motor Neuron Circuits and Motor ControlChapter 17. Upper Motor Neuron Control of the Brainstem and Spinal CordChapter 18. Modulation of Movement by the Basal GangliaChapter 19. Modulation of Movement by the CerebellumChapter 20. Eye Movements and Sensory Motor IntegrationChapter 21. The Visceral Motor SystemUNIT IV. THE CHANGING BRAINChapter 22. Early Brain DevelopmentChapter 23. Construction of Neural CircuitsChapter 24. Circuit Differentiation: Intrinsic Factors and Sex DifferencesChapter 25. Modification of Neural Circuits as a Result of ExperienceChapter 26. Repair and Regeneration in the Nervous SystemUNIT V. COMPLEX BRAIN FUNCTIONS AND COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCEChapter 27. Cognitive Functions and the Organization of the Cerebral CortexChapter 28. Cortical StatesChapter 29. AttentionChapter 30. MemoryChapter 31. EmotionChapter 32. Thinking, Planning, and DecidingChapter 33. Speech and LanguageChapter 34. Development and Evolution of Cognitive FunctionsAppendix: Survey of Human NeuroanatomyAtlas: The Human Central Nervous SystemGlossaryIllustration CreditsIndex

About the Author

Dale Purves is Geller Professor of Neurobiology Emeritus in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Durham, USA.
Professor George J. Augustine is a Professor in Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

David Fitzpatrick is Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, USA.

William C. Hall is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine, USA.

Anthony-Samuel LaMantia is a Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology at The George Washington University and Director of the GW Institute for Neuroscience, USA.

Richard D. Mooney is Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University School of Medicine
Michael L. Platt is a Professor at University of Pennsylvania
Leonard E. White is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine, USA.


"This is a terrific book and the most up-to-date information that I have seen in a current textbook." -- Richard Ray, East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine

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