Functional Neuroanatomy

  • Nicholas J. Strausfeld

Part of the Springer Series in Experimental Entomology book series (SSEXP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Harjit Singh Seyan, Ursula K. Bassemir, Nicholas J. Strausfeld
    Pages 112-131
  3. Nicholas J. Strausfeld, Harjit Singh Seyan, David Wohlers, Jonathan P. Bacon
    Pages 132-155
  4. Peter T. Speck, Nicholas J. Strausfeld
    Pages 156-182
  5. Roland Hengstenberg, Heinrich Bülthoff, Bärbel Hengstenberg
    Pages 183-205
  6. Gad Geiger, Dick R. Nässel, Harjit Singh Seyan
    Pages 206-224
  7. Michael E. Adams, Cynthia A. Bishop, Michael O’Shea
    Pages 239-249
  8. Stanley D. Carlson, Richard L. Saint Marie, Che Chi
    Pages 339-375
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 386-428

About this book


The "functional" in the title of this book not only reflects my personal bias about neuroanatomy in brain research, it is also the gist of many chapters which describe sophisticated ways to resolve structures and interpret them as dynamic entities. Examples are: the visualization of functionally identified brain areas or neurons by activity staining or intracellular dye-iontophoresis; the resolution of synaptic connections between physiologically identified nerve cells; and the biochemical identification of specific neurons (their peptides and transmitters) by histo- and immunocytochemistry. I personally view the nervous system as an organ whose parts, continuously exchanging messages, arrive at their decisions by the cooperative phenome­ non of consensus and debate. This view is, admittedly, based on my own ex­ perience of looking at myriads of nerve cells and their connections rather than studying animal behaviour or theorizing. Numerous structural studies have demonstrated that interneurons in the brain must receive hundreds of thousands of synapses. Many neurons receive inputs from several different sensory areas: each input conveys a message about the external world and possibly also about past events which are stored within the central nervous system. Whether an interneuron responds to a certain combination of inputs may be, literally, a matter of debate whose outcome is decided at the post­ synaptic membrane. A nerve cell responding to an overriding command is possibly a rare event.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nicholas J. Strausfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.European Molecular Biology LaboratoryHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-82117-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-82115-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6188
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