Brain Architecture: Understanding the Basic Plan by Larry W. Swanson

Brain Architecture: Understanding the Basic Plan

byLarry W. Swanson

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Now in its second edition, Brain Architecture is the continued exploration of how the brain works. At the very core of our existence, the brain generates our thoughts and feelings, directs our voluntary interactions with the environment, and coordinates all of the vital functions within thebody itself. This long-overdue new edition explains this oftentimes daunting intricacy and exquisite detail. The first half of the book discusses the basic parts and how they work, presenting an overview of the nervous system at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels. The approach follows three classic lines of thought that proceed from simple to complex: the history of neuroscience research, theevolution of the nervous system, and the embryological development of the vertebrate central and peripheral nervous systems.The second half of the book outlines the basic wiring diagram of the brain and nervous system-how the parts are interconnected and how they control behavior and the internal state of the body. This is done within the framework of a new four-system network model that greatly simplifies understandingthe structure-function organization of the nervous system.Written in clear and sparkling prose, beautifully illustrated, and thoroughly updated, Brain Architecture, Second Edition is must-read for anyone interested in the science of how the brain works.

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Larry W. Swanson, Ph.D., is Milo Don and Lucille Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Swanson has published over 250 research articles and numerous books on brain organization, and is a member of National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a...
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Title:Brain Architecture: Understanding the Basic PlanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:November 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Thinking about the Brain: Body and Mind2. How the Brain Works: History, Structure and Function3. The Simplest Nervous Systems: Neurons, Nerve Nets, and Behavior4. Centralization and Symmetry: Ganglia and Nerves5. The Basic Vertebrate Plan: Transverse Divisions6. Neurogenesis: Longitudinal Divisions, Parts List, and Adult Flatmap7. Brain and Behavior: A Four Systems Network Model8. The Motor System: Coordinating External and Internal Behaviors9. The Behavioral State System: Intrinsic Control of Sleep and Wakefulness10. The Cognitive System: Thinking and Voluntary Control of Behavior11. The Sensory System: Inputs from Environment and Body12. Modifiability: Learning, Stress, Cycles, and Damage Repair13. Genome and Connectome