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Neural Substrates of Memory, Affective Functions, and Conscious Experience

  • C. Loeb
  • G. F. Poggio
Book

Part of the Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 166)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. C. Loeb, G. F. Poggio
    Pages 1-5
  3. C. Loeb, G. F. Poggio
    Pages 7-31
  4. C. Loeb, G. F. Poggio
    Pages 33-49
  5. C. Loeb, G. F. Poggio
    Pages 51-81
  6. C. Loeb, G. F. Poggio
    Pages 83-85
  7. C. Loeb, G. F. Poggio
    Pages 87-90
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 91-111

About this book

Introduction

This review presents an account of the areas and circuits of the brain that are thought to be involved in such cognitive functions as memory, affect and consciousness. Considerable progress has been made in the past two decades in the identification of the cerebral areas and in our understanding of the brain mechanisms involved in these functions, thanks in large parts to a number of imaging observations (PET and fMRI), together with many clinical neurological and experimental studies. Thus, there is now convincing evidence that these high level functions are represented in a complex organization of interconnected cortical and subcortical areas that operate as spatially distributed systems, specialized for the different cognitive activities. Despite the progress that has been made, it is still not known how genetic and environmental factors interact during early development and throughout life to create the necessary conditions out of which these cognitive capacities emerge, nor is it evident to what extent they are shaped by adaptive changes in synaptic organization and other forms of neuronal plasticity.

Keywords

Cerebral cortex anatomy brain structures nervous system neural functions neural mechanisms perception

Authors and affiliations

  • C. Loeb
    • 1
  • G. F. Poggio
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento Scienze Neurologiche e della VisioneUniversitä di GenovaGenovaItaly
  2. 2.Mind/Brain InstituteJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-59432-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-43667-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-59432-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0301-5556
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