Neural Organization: Structure, Function, and Dynamics

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MIT Press, 1998 - Medical - 407 pages
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In "Neural Organization," Arbib, É rdi, and Szentá gothai integrate structural, functional, and dynamical approaches to the interaction of brain models and neurobiologcal experiments. Both structure-based "bottom-up" and function- based "top-down" models offer coherent concepts by which to evaluate the experimental data. The goal of this book is to point out the advantages of a multidisciplinary, multistrategied approach to the brain.

Part I of "Neural Organization" provides a detailed introduction to each of the three areas of structure, function, and dynamics. "Structure" refers to the anatomical aspects of the brain and the relations between different brain regions. "Function" refers to skills and behaviors, which are explained by means of functional schemas and biologically based neural networks. "Dynamics" refers to the use of a mathematical framework to analyze the temporal change of neural activities and synaptic connectivities that underlie brain development and plasticity--in terms of both detailed single-cell models and large-scale network models.

In part II, the authors show how their systematic approach can be used to analyze specific parts of the nervous system--the olfactory system, hippocampus, thalamus, cerebral cortex, cerebellum, and basal ganglia--as well as to integrate data from the study of brain regions, functional models, and the dynamics of neural networks. In conclusion, they offer a plan for the use of their methods in the development of cognitive neuroscience.

 

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Contents

Overviews
1
A Structural Overview
9
A Functional Overview
33
A Dynamical Overview
69
Interacting Systems of the Brain
111
Hippocampus
139
Memory 178
178
Thalamus
185
Cerebral Cortex
205
Cerebellum
261
11
328
Appendixes
351
References
357
Index
371
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Péter Érdi is Henry R. Luce Professor of Complex Systems Studies at the Center for Complex Systems Studies, Kalamazoo College,Kalamazoo, MI.

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