Form and Function in the Brain and Spinal Cord: Perspectives by Stephen Waxman

By Stephen Waxman

This ebook displays Stephen Waxman's 3 a long time of study at the shape and services of the mind and spinal wire. development on his event as a neuroscientist learning version platforms as primitive as eels and as a neurologist learning people, Waxman discusses a large choice of themes, together with the layout ideas that optimize neural functionality; molecular and mobile substrates of habit; the position of glial cells within the mind; the molecular foundation for ache; plasticity within the mind and spinal twine; recommendations for selling sensible restoration in problems reminiscent of a number of sclerosis, spinal twine harm, and stroke; and clients for rebuilding the mind and spinal wire. The items offer instance after instance of the beauty of layout of the frightened method, of the difficult interaction among constitution and serve as in wellbeing and fitness and illness, and of the wealthy borderland among neuroscience and neurology.

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Indeed, superficially one might even suggest that the terms consciousness and attention may be used synonymously. However this apparent equivalence does not hold up to even cursory scrutiny—while arousal and attention may necessary for certain aspects of consciousness they are far from sufficient. In addition, there is also implicit attention underpinning nonconscious cognition. Nevertheless we can start with the presumption that consciousness is to some degree quantified by arousal while qualified by attention.

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Writ-  Andrew Scholey ing a century after James, Alan Allport (1993) stated that “There can be no simple theory of attention, any more than there can be a simple theory of thought. ” Rather it will attempt to provide a flavour of psychological models and measures of attention, to relate these to activity in neuroanatomical substrates and to describe known attentional dissociations following psychopharmacological interventions. For more detailed descriptions of the neural correlates and psychopharmacology of attention the reader is directed towards a number of excellent reviews, including Coull (1998), Robbins (1997) and Tiplady (1996).

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