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Cortex: Statistics and Geometry of Neuronal Connectivity

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  • The authors summarize and interprete over 20 years of anatomical research on the cerebral cortex
  • Composed of 35 short chapters, each introducing its topic in a concise and highly lucid way
  • Clear illustrations help grasp the intricacies
  • Illuminates the issues that interest anatomists, physiologists and neural network theoreticians

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By means of quantitative analysis of the tissue components in the cortex of the mouse, this book presents an overall picture of the cortical network which is then related to various theories on cortical function. Centering around the idea of a diffuse network in a fairly homogeneous population of excitatory neurons, that of the pyramidal cells, it shows that the whole organisation in the cortical skeleton of pryramidal cells corresponds well with the idea of an associative memory and with the theory of cell assemblies. Provides the reader with information on quantitative neuroanatomy and also on the methods used, in particular those that vary from the norm.

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Table of contents (37 chapters)


From the reviews of the first edition:
"Textbooks of anatomy are usually extremely boring. Anatomy of the Cortex is fascinating!" Network (JOP)
"Braitenberg and Schüz have produced a masterpiece on the neurobiological foundations of cognitive psychology." Contemporary Psychology

Authors and Affiliations

  • Max-Planck-Institut für Biologische Kybernetik, Tübingen, Germany

    Valentino Braitenberg, Almut Schüz

  • Institut für Medizinische Psychologie und Verhaltensneurobiologie, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

    Valentino Braitenberg

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Cortex: Statistics and Geometry of Neuronal Connectivity

  • Authors: Valentino Braitenberg, Almut Schüz

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  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-662-03735-5Published: 01 November 2012

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-662-03733-1Published: 14 March 2013

  • Edition Number: 2

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 249

  • Additional Information: Originally published as volume 18 in the series: Studies of Brain Function, 1991

  • Topics: Neurosciences, Artificial Intelligence

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