The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System by Alain BerthozThe Head-Neck Sensory Motor System by Alain Berthoz

The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System

EditorAlain Berthoz, Pierre Paul Vidal, Werner Graf

Hardcover | May 1, 1995

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The head carries most of the sensory systems that enable us to function effectively in our three-dimensional habitat. Without adequate head movement control, efficient spatial orientation and motor responses to visual and auditory stimuli could not be carried out. This is the mostcomprehensive and up-to-date account of the control of vertebrate head movements and its biomechanical and neural basis. It covers the entire spectrum of research on head-neck movements, ranging from the global description and analysis of a particular behavior to its underlying mechanisms at thelevel of neurotransmitter release and membrane biophysics. Physiological and anatomical aspects are stressed. The role of head movements in upright stance and other functional contexts within the vertebrate hierarchy is juxtaposed with the mechanisms of orienting behavior in a number ofinvertebrates. This reveals a plethora of solutions among different animal species for the problem of orientation in three-dimensional space. Although head movement control in humans figures prominently in this volume, the anatomical-physiological comparisons show that the human system is notunique. The conference from which this volume originated surveyed current research and theory on motor control mechanisms in the head-neck sensory-motor system. It was held in Fontainbleau, France on July 17-24, 1989. The book provides a broad panorama of methodological and theoretical approaches tothe field of head movement control.
Alain Berthoz is at CNRS Laboratory of Neurosensory Physiology. Werner Graf is at Rockefeller University.
Title:The Head-Neck Sensory Motor SystemFormat:HardcoverDimensions:784 pages, 9.76 × 11.3 × 1.97 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195068203

ISBN - 13:9780195068207


Table of Contents

PART I: Preface and Historical ContextPART II: The Head-Neck System from an Anthropologist's ViewpointPART III: Evolution of the Head-Neck Movement SystemPART IV: Comparative Aspects of the Head Neck Movement Systema. Invertebratesb. VertebratesPART V: Embryology and Ontogeny of the Head-Neck Movement SystemPART VI: Architecture of the Head-Neck Movement Systema. Bones and Musclesb. Models and TheoriesPART VII:Sensors of the Head-Neck Movement SystemPART VIII: Neuronal Mechanisms of the Sensory Motor Transformations in the Head-Neck Movement Systema. Spinal Mechanismsb. Vestibular Neuronssc. Collicular and Reticular Neuronsd. The Interstitial Nucleus of Cajal and BeyondPART IX: Synergis and Strategies of Head Movements and Gaze Controla. Head Movement Controlb. Orienting and Stabilizing Eye and Head Movementsc. Timing and Predictiond. Linear Movement Analysise. Perceptionf. Eye-Head Coordination and Reflex BehaviorPART X: Head Movement During Posture, Locomotion and Complex MovementsPART XI: Disorders of the Head-Neck Systema. Vestibular Disordersb. Neurological Disorders

Editorial Reviews

This impressive volume begins with the anthropology and evolution of the head-neck system. An essential text for all engaged in this area of research." --Aslib Book Review