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Neurophysiology of Ingestion

This collection of reviews draws together for the first time in one volume current understanding on neurophysiological approaches to ingestive behaviour in mammals, and as such is a landmark in the field of behavioural neuroscience. The book introduces to non-specialists the neural processes that mediate eating and drinking behaviour, focusing on the two areas of research that together are the key to understanding how the brain organizes ingestion and indeed any other sort of behaviour. On the one hand, the functional processes within the brain can only be elucidated with the help of information provided by recording the electrical activity of single nerve cells. On the other hand, the behaviour organized by interactions among neurones in relation to the environment can only be understood by experimental analysis of the cognitive processes which transform integrated sensory information into higher motor control. Thus, this book considers the organization of ingestive acts and resultant dietary selection and intakes through the senses of touch, taste, smell and sight and by the mechanical and chemical stimulation of the digestive tract and metabolic signals from the liver. The opening and closing chapters outline developing conceptions of the operation of the behavioural and neural systems as a whole in coordinating the impact of the internal and external environments on these diverse sensory modalities into the often sophisticated performance of consuming appropriate amounts of edible and potable materials.

For biological psychologists, behavioural biologists, physiologists and neuroscientists from senior undergraduate to specialist research levels.


Published: November 1993

Imprint: Pergamon

ISBN: 978-0-08-041988-6


  • This book is filled with useful information, presented clearly and critically. It is well-produced, particularly the numerous diagrmas and figures. The index works and the references are accurate. Many investigators will want to own this book. Because it is written in such an accessible way, the book should be useful for teachers of undergraduate and graduate students. And, or course, university and scientific libraries should acquire it.
    Gerald P. Smith, The Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, January 1995


  • Chapter headings: A framework for neurophysiological studies of ingestion (D.A. Booth). Regulatory control of food and water intake and metabolism by the liver (D. Novin). Hepatic afferents affecting ingestive behaviour (W.R. Ewart). Gastrointestinal chemoreception and its behavioural role (N. Meï). Gastrointestinal mechanoreception in the control of ingestion (L.A. Blackshaw, D. Grundy). The sense of touch in the control of ingestion (T. Morimoto and K. Takada). Gustatory control of ingestion (T.R. Scott, B.K. Giza). Olfactory processing controlling food and fluid intake (R. Gervais). The neural control of feeding in primates (E.T. Rolls).Subject Index

    86 illus.


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