Studying the Nervous System.- UNIT I. NEURAL SIGNALING .- Electrical Signals of Nerve Cells.- Voltage-Dependent Membrane Permeability.- Ion Channels and Transporters.- Synaptic Transmission.- Neurotransmitters and Their Receptors.- Molecular Signaling within Neurons.- Synaptic Plasticity.- UNIT II. SENSATION AND SENSORY PROCESSING .- The Somatic Sensory System.- Pain.- Vision: The Eye.- Central Visual Pathways.- The Auditory System.- The Vestibular System.- The Chemical Senses.- UNIT III. MOVEMENT AND ITS CENTRAL CONTROL .- Lower Motor Neuron Circuits and Motor Control.- Upper Motor Neuron Control of the Brainstem and Spinal Cord.- Modulation of Movement by the Basal Ganglia.- Modulation of Movement by the Cerebellum.- Eye Movements and Sensory Motor Integration.- The Visceral Motor System.- UNIT IV. THE CHANGING BRAIN .- Early Brain Development.- Construction of Neural Circuits.- Modification of Neural Circuits as a Result of Experience.- Repair and Regeneration in the Nervous System.- UNIT V. COMPLEX BRAIN FUNCTIONS .- The Association Cortices.- Speech and Language.- Sleep and Wakefulness.- Emotions.- Sex, Sexuality, and the Brain.- Memory.- Appendix: Survey of Human Neuroanatomy.- Atlas: The Human Central Nervous System.
Dale Purves is Director of the Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders program at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Executive Director of the Neuroscience Research Partnership at A*STAR (both located in Singapore). George J. Augustine is Director of the Center for Functional Connectomics in Seoul, Korea. 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. Leonard E. White is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine, USA.