Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Gerhard Roth, Ursula Dicke
    Pages 19-45
  3. Salvador Martínez, Eduardo Puelles, Diego Echevarria
    Pages 47-61
  4. Jean-Jacques Hauw, Marie-Anne Colle, Danielle Seilhean
    Pages 63-74
  5. Georg Northoff
    Pages 75-79
  6. Herbert Zimmermann
    Pages 81-112
  7. Veronica Egger, Dirk Feldmeyer
    Pages 113-143
  8. Christian Lüscher, Carl Petersen
    Pages 145-162
  9. Magdalena Götz
    Pages 163-177
  10. Wilfrid Jänig
    Pages 179-211
  11. Dick R. Nässel, Dan Larhammar
    Pages 213-237
  12. Rainer Mausfeld
    Pages 239-252
  13. C. Giovanni Galizia, Pierre-Marie Lledo
    Pages 253-284
  14. Wolfgang Meyerhof
    Pages 285-302
  15. Carlos Belmonte Martinez, Elvira de la Peña García
    Pages 303-319
  16. Jörg T. Albert, Martin C. Göpfert
    Pages 321-335
  17. Günter Ehret, Martin C. Göpfert
    Pages 337-362
  18. Jutta Kretzberg, Udo Ernst
    Pages 363-407
  19. Gerhard von der Emde
    Pages 409-425
  20. Henrik Mouritsen
    Pages 427-443
  21. Maria P. Abbracchio, Angelo M. Reggiani
    Pages 445-459
  22. Ingo Morano
    Pages 461-478
  23. Hans-Joachim Pflüger, Keith Sillar
    Pages 479-524
  24. Tamara B. Franklin, Isabelle M. Mansuy
    Pages 525-552
  25. José Fernando Maya-Vetencourt, Matteo Caleo
    Pages 553-576
  26. Martin Korte
    Pages 577-608
  27. François Rouyer
    Pages 609-627
  28. Julia Fischer
    Pages 655-669
  29. Shaul Druckmann, Albert Gidon, Idan Segev
    Pages 671-694
  30. Back Matter
    Pages 695-736

About this book


Neurosciences – a comprehensive approach


This textbook covers neuroscience from cellular and molecular mechanisms to behavior and cognitive processing. We also address  evolution of the nervous system, computational neuroscience, the history of neuroscience as a discipline and neurophilosophy – to name but a few. The book provides the newest state-of-the-art knowledge about neuroscience from across the animal kingdom, with particular emphasis on model species commonly used in neuroscience labs across the world: mouse, zebra fish, fruit fly, honeybee, and nematode worm. We aim at university students of neuroscience, psychology, biological sciences, and medical sciences, but also computer scientists, philosophers, or anybody interested in understanding how brains work.


The text offers itself as the main book in a class of neuroscience at a basic and advanced level. The main target readers consist of students at the level of a masterʼs degree and at the Ph.D. level. The book is also suitable for advanced courses at the end of a bachelorʼs degree curriculum. Thanks to its modular design, it provides an excellent source for interdisciplinary approaches as well, e.g., for philosophers looking for the physiological bases in debates about consciousness, for sports scientists looking at the neurobiological basis of motor control, for computer scientists interested in neural systems, for neurologists, psychiatrists, and biological psychologists interested in the neurobiological basis of brain diseases, as well as for biologists outside the field of neuroscience, in particular evolutionary and behavioral biologists.

"Neurosciences" is compiled in the tradition of the successful textbook "Neurowissenschaft" edited by Dudel, Menzel, and Schmidt – having been published in two German editions by Springer. Following this tradition, the textbook covers the entire field of neurosciences from a zoological perspective but also adds the more recent breakthroughs in Neuroscience. This approach exploits the multitude of different solutions that have evolved among animals providing a background for understanding the basic mechanisms not just of human neuroscience, but of neural systems per se. Furthermore, we emphasize model species: the animals that, on a day-to-day basis, are used in neuroscience laboratories around the world. 30 chapters written by world experts in their respective fields assure that the scientific content is up-to-date and at the forefront of science.



Auditory Systems Autonomic Nervous System Brain Cellular and Molecular Basis of Neural Function Central Nervous System Circadian Timing Cognition Computational Neuroscience Diseases of the Nervous System Electrical Activity in Neurons Electroreception Emotions Evolution of Brains Evolution of Nervous Systems Glial Cells Learning Magnetic Senses Mechanosensation Memory Motility Motor Control Muscles Nervous System Neural Function Neurons Neuropeptides Neurophilosophy Neurophysiology Neuroscience Nociception Olfaction Ontogeny of the Nervous System Pain Peptide Hormones Sensory Systems Social Intelligence Synapse Taste Thermosensation Vertebrate Nervous System Vision

Editors and affiliations

  • C. Giovanni Galizia
    • 1
  • Pierre-Marie Lledo
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of NeurobiologyUniversität KonstanzKonstanzGermany
  2. 2.Labo. Perception et MémoireInstitut PasteurParis CX 15France

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