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Neurobiology For Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Neurobiology 5 Chapter 1: Welcome to the World of Neurobiology 7 Chapter 2: Building Neurons from Molecules 23 Chapter 3: Gating the Membrane: Ion Channels and Membrane Potentials 47 Chapter 4: Sending Signals: Chemical Release and Electrical Activation 67 Part II: Neuroanatomy: Organizing the Nervous System 83 Chapter 5: Movement Basics: Muscles and Motor Neurons 85 Chapter 6: The Spinal Cord and the Autonomic Nervous System 101 Chapter 7: The Busy Brain: Brainstem, Limbic System, Hypothalamus, and Reticular Formation 123 Chapter 8: Generating Behavior: Basal Ganglia, Thalamus, Motor Cor tex, and Frontal Cor tex 145 Chapter 9: Topping It Off: The Neocortex 159 Part III: Perceiving the World, Thinking, Learning, and Remembering 183 Chapter 10: Looking at Vision and Hearing 185 Chapter 11: Feeling, Smelling, and Tasting 211 Chapter 12: Memory and Learning 233 Chapter 13: The Frontal Lobes and Executive Brain 253 Chapter 14: Language, Intelligence, Emotions, and Consciousness 265 Part IV: Developmental, Neurological, and Mental Disorders and Treatments 283 Chapter 15: Developing the Brain and Nervous System 285 Chapter 16: Movement Disorders 309 Chapter 17: Brain Dysfunction and Mental Illness 325 Chapter 18: Making Better Brains 341 Part V: The Part of Tens 355 Chapter 19: The Ten Most Important Brain Circuits 357 Chapter 20: Ten Technologies Revolutionizing Brain Science 365 Index 373

About the Author

Frank Amthor, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Alabama and holds a secondary appointment in the UAB Medical School Department of Neurobiology. He has been an NIH-supported researcher for over 20 years and has published over 100 journal articles and conference abstracts.

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