2nd Edition

Principles of Neurobiology

ISBN 9780815346050
Published September 14, 2020 by Garland Science
760 Pages 646 Color Illustrations

USD $79.95

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Book Description

Principles of Neurobiology, Second Edition presents the major concepts of neuroscience with an emphasis on how we know what we know. The text is organized around a series of key experiments to illustrate how scientific progress is made and helps upper-level undergraduate and graduate students discover the relevant primary literature. Written by a single author in a clear and consistent writing style, each topic builds in complexity from electrophysiology to molecular genetics to systems level in a highly integrative approach. Students can fully engage with the content via thematically linked chapters and will be able to read the book in its entirety in a semester-long course. Principles of Neurobiology is accompanied by a rich package of online student and instructor resources including animations, figures in PowerPoint, and a Question Bank for adopting instructors.

Table of Contents

1. An Invitation to Neurobiology. 2. Signaling within Neurons. 3. Signaling across Synapses. 4. Vision. 5. Wiring the Visual System. 6. Olfaction, Taste, Audition, and Somatosensation. 7. Constructing the Nervous System. 8. Motor Systems. 9. Regulatory Systems. 10. Sexual Behavior. 11. Memory, Learning, and Synaptic Plasticity. 12. Brain Disorders. 13. Evolution of the Nervous System. 14. Ways of Exploring.

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Liqun Luo earned his bachelor's degree from University of Science & Technology of China and PhD from Brandeis University. Since 1997, Dr. Luo has taught neurobiology to undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford University, where he also directs a lab studying the assembly and function of neural circuits. Dr. Luo is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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Liqun Luo

Ann and Bill Swindells Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA, US

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Prof Liqun Luo is the recipient of the 2020 Award for Education in Neuroscience granted by the Society for Neuroscience in recognition of his continuing commitment to both cutting-edge research and neuroscience education. The first edition of his textbook has been adopted by over 150 courses taught by major universities all of the world.

"This textbook from Dr. Liqun Luo is fantastic for advanced undergraduate courses on neurobiology. The emphasis on experiment-led explanations of neurobiology is critical for students transiting from textbook learning to thinking like modern scientist." - Marla B. Feller, Paul Licht Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences, Division of Neurobiology, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology & Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley

"Principles of Neurobiology is a stellar achievement of scholarship - a synthesis of the most interesting and important discoveries in neuroscience, written by a leader in our field who has based his text on a careful reading of thousands of primary research papers. Remarkably, this book does not just describe each 'discovery': it also describes the path to discovery, noting the specific technologies and experimental designs that enabled each key result." - Rachel Wilson, Martin Family Professor of Basic Research in the Field of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

"… what an extraordinary achievement this is – I don’t think there are many out there any longer who can cover the entire field of neuroscience in such a scholarly manner, singlehandedly! The integration that results from this is likely unique to this book." - Edvard Moser, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Founding Director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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    1. An Invitation to Neurobiology

    2. Signaling with Neurons

    3. Signaling Across Synapses

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