NEUROBIOLOGY Molecules, Cells and Systems
Gary G. Matthews
About the Book
Key Points have been interspersed throughout the text, framed as questions that will be answered in each section. Review questions have been added at the end of each chapter to focus attention on the main points covered in the chapter.
New topics added to the second edition include a chapter devoted to the roles of the hypothalamus, including a description of recent advances in understanding the molecular basis of circadian rhythms. A chapter on language and cognition in the human brain has also been added.
Two new Advanced Topics have been included for students and instructors who wish to cover cellular aspects of neurobiology in a more quantitatively rigorous way. One advanced topic discusses ion channel kinetics, and the other describes the passive electrical characteristics of cell membranes.
The most obvious change from the first edition is the artwork, which has been completely redrawn to exploit the book's new four-color format. Each illustration was designed to illuminate a particular principle, and the drawings are integrated into the text discussion of each topic. The goal has been to make the figures accessible and readily comprehensible to beginning students of neurobiology, as well as visually attractive. In addition, animations of selected illustrations are available at this web site, as indicated by special icons next to the relevant figures.
Although the second edition incorporates many changes, the general approach to the field of neurobiology has not changed from the first edition.
Neurobiology is a diverse field. Although Neurobiology: Molecules, Cells, and Systems provides broad exposure to this field, the author has not attempted to cover all aspects of neuroscience. Instead of an encyclopedic survey, a subset of topics within neurobiology that illustrate the fundamentals of nervous system function have been selected. Within each selected topic, the author has chosen specific examples that lend themselves to explanations at the levels of molecules, cells, and neural systems. The intention is to provide a framework for further learning, which individual instructors and students can supplement with additional subject matter. Toward this end, suggested readings for each chapter are included at this web site, an approach that will help ensure that the readings are up-to-date.
Errata - Chapter 10 Summary
In this chapter, we have explored
some of the ways in which sensory
Motion in the visual field
can also trigger reflexive movements of the
Fast movements, called saccades,
are also made voluntarily to bring various
The saccade circuits of the
superior colliculus are inhibited by inputs