Role of the Forebrain in Sensation and Behavior

Edited by

  • G. Holstege

The symposium was held in honor of William R. Mehler and was focused on his interest in the forebrain, and included the forebrain's somatosensory afferent and its efferent motor pathways. The book reflects his interest in networks and systems which allow one to understand the functioning of a certain area of the brain. Innovative work done by Mehler on ascending pain pathways and on the thalamic afferent system is reviewed. The book is largely a review of work done on the physiological structure of the brain, the interplay between different parts of the brain and the effect of this on behavior and sensation. Although the functioning of the forebrain is not yet fully understood there has been enormous progress since the first papers from Bill Mehler in the 1950's, and the book offers a useful up-to-date overview of the topic.
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Book information

  • Published: April 1991
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-81181-3


...chapters are generally well written and illustrated a wide range of areas ...this is an important and up-to-date volume by leading authorities.

Table of Contents

Contents: 1. Role of the forebrain in nociception (W.D. Willis Jr.) 2. Local circuitry of the somatosensory thalamus in the processing of sensory information (H.J. Ralston III) 3. The anatomy of sensory relay functions in the thalamus (E.G. Jones) 4. The specificity of the nonspecific thalamus: the midline nuclei (M. Bentivoglio, G. Balercia and L. Kruger) 5. The substantia nigra and its relations with the striatum in the monkey (L. Feigenbaum Langer, J. Jiménezj-Castellanos and A.M. Graybiel) 6. Role of the forebrain in oculomotor function (O. Hikosaka) 7. `Perestroika' in the basal forebrain: opening the border between neurology and psychiatry (L. Heimer, J. de Olmos, G.F. Alheid and L. Zaborszky) 8. Contributions of the Amygdalar Complex to behavior in Macaque monkeys (E.A. Murray) 9. Biochemical switching in hypothalamic circuits mediating responses to stress (L.W. Swanson) 10. The prefrontal cortex and its relation to behavior (J.M. Fuster) 11. Neural mechanisms underlying corticospinal and rubrospinal control of limb movements (P.D. Cheney, E.E. Fetz and K. Mewes) 12. Forebrain nuclei involved in autonomic control (A.D. Loewy) 13. Integration of somatic and autonomic reactions within the midbrain periaqueductal grey: viscerotopic, somatotopic and functional organization (R. Bandler, P. Carrive and S.P. Zhang) 14. Descending motor pathways and the spinal motor system. Limbic and non-limbic components (G. Holstege).