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Principles of Neurobiology


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Table of Contents

1. An Invitation to Neurobiology
2. Signaling within Neurons
3. Signaling across Synapses
4. Vision
5. Wiring of the Visual System
6. Olfaction, Taste, Audition, and Somatosensation
7. Wiring of the Nervous System
8. Motor and Regulatory Systems
9. Sexual Behavior
10. Memory, Learning, and Synaptic Plasticity
11. Brain Disorders
12. Evolution of the Nervous System
13. Ways of Exploring

About the Author

Dr. Liqun Luo earned his bachelor degree from University of Science & Technology of China and PhD from Brandeis University. Since 1997, Dr. Luo has taught neurobiology to undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford University, where he also directs a lab studying the assembly and function of neural circuits. Dr. Luo is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


"[Principles of Neurobiology] is distinct in its philosophy and authorship, which makes it valuable for teaching and a pleasure to read. Luo shares with us the belief that students should not be taught just facts and knowledge but also how knowledge is obtained and how principles are derived....In 13 chapters and 645 pages, he provides a masterpiece highlighting principles of how the nervous system transforms and governs our sensation, action, memory, and thought. Reading Principles of Neurobiology is like enjoying a beautiful piece of music....[Luo] has set an example of how an outstanding scientist cares about education and writes a textbook to inspire students to pursue discoveries. We hope that students will follow this pied piper, happily and fruitfully."

Cell - October 2015

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