OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Brain as a Tool: A Neuroscientist's Account

ISBN : 9780198806738

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¥7,304
著者: 
Ray W. Guillery
ページ
288 ページ
フォーマット
Hardcover
サイズ
156 x 234 mm
刊行日
2017年10月

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There are two distinct views about the functions of our brains and their origins. The standard view, taught in most neuroscience texts, has incoming messages about the world sent to the cerebral cortex, with the cortex then producing an appropriate motor output. The interactive view, largely expressed by philosophers and psychologists, stresses the continuous sensorimotor interactions of the brain with the world. The Brain as a Tool focuses on thalamo-cortical interactions on the basis of the interactive view, exploring the phylogenetically new transthalamic corticocortical pathways of mammals that link a hierarchy of cortical areas to each other and back to the phylogenetically older motor centres for control of action. The book demonstrates how messages in these pathways produce an anticipation of our own actions and perceptions. In relating neural events to conscious processing and our sense of self , Guillery summarizes important evidence which links neuroscience with psychology and philosophy. This book is essential reading for neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists and philosophers. Supplemented with a helpful glossary of neural terms and numerous illustrations of the brain, it is also an important resource for graduate and postdoctoral students interested in the neural bases of a sense of self and of cognitive functions.

目次: 

I HOW DO WE RELATE TO THE WORLD?
1 The role of the brain
2 The pathways for perception
3 The pathways for action
4 The subcortical motor centres

II MY ROUTE TO THE THALAMIC GATE
5 Starting to study the brain
6 The mamillothalamic pathways: My first encounter with the thalamus
7 Comparative studies of the hypothalamus that led to studies of thalamic synapses

III ARRIVING AT THE THALAMIC GATE
8 Defining the functional components of the thalamic gate
9 Thalamic higher order driver inputs as sensorimotor links
10 The hierarchy of cortical monitors

IV HIGHER CORTICAL FUNCTIONS
11 Relating the neural connections to actions and perceptions
12 Interacting with the world
13 The role of the thalamocortical hierarchy
14 The neural origins of a sense of self with a brief note on free will

著者について: 

Ray Guillery was born in Germany in 1929; he is a neuroanatomist who obtained his BSc and PhD in Anatomy from University College London in 1951 and 1954. In his long and distinguished career, Ray has taught at University College London (1953-64), University of Wisconsin-Madison (1964-77; 1996-2006), University of Chicago (1977-1984), University of Oxford (1984-96) and Marmara University (2006-2010). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of University College London and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Neuroscience. Ray is currently an Honorary Emeritus Research Fellow at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford.

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