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Principles of Neural Science, Fourth Edition Hardcover – Jan 5 2000

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  • Hardcover: 1414 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical; 4 edition (Jan. 5 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0838577016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838577011
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 5.3 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #221,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a simply wonderful book that makes accessible in one place all the details of how the neuron and brain work. The writing is clear. The drawings are elegant and educational. The book is a feast for both the eye and mind. The richness, the beauty, and the complexity of neuroscience is all captured in this superb book." "5 Stars!" (Doody's 2001-11-01)

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THE TASK OF NEURAL SCIENCE is to understand the mental processes by which we perceive, act, learn, and remember. Read the first page
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This is a great book by any standard. A massive amount of information in the vast field of neuroscience is covered in detail and synthesized in a coherent fashion. In addition to Eric Kandel's pioneering laboratory research, this book is one of his great contributions to neuroscience, and of course many other scientists contributed to it, including James Schwartz and Thomas Jessell. It's as good as the best textbooks I've read, such as Alberts' Molecular Biology of the Cell. It covers up to date research, in addition to the history of the field. Topics range from the molecular workings of the neuron all the way up to behavior. It's not at all dumbed down, so someone seeking a "CliffsNotes" version of the field should look elsewhere. I suppose, however, if someone just wants a summary of the field, he can simply read the subheadlines in each chapter. The book is lengthy due to its detail, but the intelligent general reader should readily understand nearly all of it. And in spite of its length it actually is concise in covering this broad range of subject matter. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.
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Now a day, with a fast development of sciences you may feel a hesitation before buying a new book, due to hard to find a book containing both classical and modern concepts. However, you are lucky in case you are interested in brain science, the field you can find "principles of neural science". With one book, you may find most knowledge of not only neural science but related ones, which was discovered for decades up to now. This book is valuable for both novice and experienced researchers in life study.
Setting light on buy itself, the book is worthy to be praised "a twinkle one like stars".
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This book, a collection of 65 articles written by leading experts in the different areas of neurology and brain biology, could draw a large audience of readers, including those interested in brain modeling and artificial intelligence. Space prohibits a comprehensive review, but some of the more interesting discussions include: 1. The evidence for localization of the emotional aspects of behavior in the brain. 2. The role of myelin basic proteins in producing allergic encephalomyelitis and the consequent discussion of a model for multiple sclerosis. 3. The dynamics of polymerization and dynamic instability. 4. The Hodgkin-Huxley model of excitability. 5. The regulation of gene expression by second messengers, the difference in time scales between these and directly gated synaptic actions is particularly interesting. 6. Calculating the probability of transmitter release, release being random and done in quanta. 7. The transplantation of embryonic neurons into an adult brain to promote recovery from brain damage. 8. the experimental techniques used to image the human brain: computerized tomography, positron emission tomography, magnetic resonance imaging. 9. The The hierarchical and parallel organization of sensory systems and motor control. 10. The diagrams of the major ascending somatic sensory systems. 11. The role of rhodopsin in the human visual system. 12. The physics of human hearing. 13. The role of the olfactory receptors in human smell and taste. 14. The skeletal muscles as being low-pass filters of neural input. 15. Genetic markers and Huntington's disease. 16. Sexual differentiation in the nervous system. 17. The model for the induction of LTP.
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While this book (in this and previous incarnations) has been hailed as the "bible" of neuroscience, there are some flaws the potential reader should be made aware of. The first batch of chapters dealing with the machinery of the cell are repetitive in terms of their respective contents. Some judicious editing would have been nice in this section. Although the writing style improves in subsequent chapters, those dealing with the molecular biology of the neuron could be a little clearer. Levitan and Kaczmarek's "The Neuron" could be used to either introduce or supplement these chapters. The illustrations throughout are a major improvement over the last edition's over-use of black and white stick figures. While it is a very good teaching text for the money, check your university bookstore or library for other neuroscience texts which might give a clearer functional overview. In the long gap between this edition and the last a number of good graduate level texts have arisen to fill the need.
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This text (or perhaps an earlier edition) was a lifeline for me for many years as a undergraduate and postgraduate student of psychology (with semester units in neurophysiology and neuroanatomy). It was completely perfect in that it covers the fundamentals of neuroscience in slightly more detail than one needs (unlike most textbooks which always seem to do everything in slightly less detail). Just like you always feel that you have to be clutching a calculator when you're studying physics, so you need this for any kind of neural science studying. It has clear, lavish pictures and everything is thorough and easy to understand.
And, oh boy, what a Book! You really feel that you've got something for your money. It's hefty, it's intellectual, and it looks damned good on the bookshelves. The paper is glossy, everything's set out well, and you feel good every time you refer to it.
When I was a student, my general principle was to BUY NO TEXTBOOKS, and this one was very expensive for me at the time, but it was worth it. Probably the most valuable book I had in all my 8 years of formal studying. It contained everything I needed in terms of information on this topic, and on the rare occasions when I had to go further into something, there were very useful references at the end of every chapter.
I strongly recommend it. You'll use it for years, and when it's time to move on, it'll be easy to sell.
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