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Foundations of Neural Development

S. Marc Breedlove

01 February 2017

ISBN: 9781605355795

370 pages

In Stock

Price: £119.99

Helps students understand how a single microscopic cell, a human zygote, can develop into the most complex machine on Earth: the brain. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.



Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press.

Foundations of Neural Development is a textbook written with a conversational writing style and topics appropriate for an undergraduate audience. Each chapter begins with a thought-provoking vignette, or a "real-life story," that the subsequent material illuminates. The "Researchers at Work" feature, available in every chapter, describes a classic study in detail, taking the reader through the hypothesis, test, result, and conclusion of an experiment.

About the Author(s)

S. Marc Breedlove

S. Marc Breedlove, the Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience at Michigan State University, has written over 130 scientific articles investigating the role of hormones in shaping the developing and adult nervous system, publishing in journals including Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He is also passionate about teaching—in the classroom, and in the greater community through interviews with the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Newsweek, as well as broadcast programs such as All Things Considered, Good Morning America, and Sixty Minutes. He has active grant support from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Breedlove is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Psychological Science.

Table of Contents

    Prologue: The Rationalist Philosophers
    1:The Metazoans' Dilemma: Cell Differentiation and Neural Induction
    2:Coordinating Fates: Development of a Body Pattern
    3:Upward Mobility: Neurogenesis and Migration
    4:Seeking Identity: Neural Differentiation
    5:Feeling One's Way: Axonal Pathfinding
    6:Making Connections: Synapse Formation and Maturation
    7:Accepting Mortality: Apoptosis
    Interlude: The Empiricists Strike Back
    8:Synaptic Plasticity: Activity-Guided Neural Development
    9:Fine-Tuning Sensory Systems: Experience-Guided Neural Development
    10:Maximizing Fitness: Socially Guided Neural Development
    Epilogue: Immanuel Kant and the Critique of Pure Reason

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