Contributions to Sensory Physiology

Contributions to Sensory Physiology

Volume 5

1st Edition - January 28, 1971

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  • Editor: William D. Neff
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483191584

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Contributions to Sensory Physiology: Volume 5 presents a theory about the physiological basis of sensation. It discusses some research made in microscopic anatomy and psychophysics. It addresses the functional significance and physiological mechanisms of the sensory systems. Some of the topics covered in the book are the simple cells of the striate cortex; the concept of a receptive field; definition of a unimodal simple cell; inhibitory components in the receptive field; stimulus contrast and mean level of luminance; specificity of inhibitory zones; and experimental procedures for recording average response histogram. The relation and possible importance of taste bud cells are covered. The comparison of foliate, vallate, and fungiform buds are discussed. The text describes the nature of taste receptor sites. A study of the location of receptor sites on taste cells is presented. A chapter is devoted to the mechanochemical model of taste excitation. Another section focuses on the proposals for molecular specificity. The book can provide useful information to scientists, doctors, students, and researchers.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Contents of Previous Volumes

    Simple Cells of the Striate Cortex

    I. The Concept of a Receptive Field

    II. Receptive Fields of Neurons in the Striate Cortex

    III. Excitatory Components in the Receptive Field

    IV. Inhibitory Components in the Receptive Field

    V. Binocular Specificities: Binocular Gate Neuron

    VI. Form Discrimination: Some Speculations


    Relations and Possible Significance of Taste Bud Cells

    I. Introduction

    II. Experiment No. 1: IXth Nerve Section

    III. Experiment No. 2: Thymidine Labeling

    IV. Experiment No. 3: Horizontal Serial Sections

    V. General Discussion

    VI. Conclusions


    The Nature of Taste Receptor Sites

    I. Nature of the Problem

    II. Location of Receptor Sites on Taste Cells

    III. Heterogeneity of Receptor Sites

    IV. Quantitative Measures of Stimulus-Receptor Site Interaction

    V. Receptor Site Plasticity

    VI. A Mechanochemical Model of Taste Excitation

    VII. Conclusion


    Auditory Receptor Organs of Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals

    I. Introduction

    II. Reptiles

    III. Birds

    IV. Mammals

    V. Summary


    Old and New Data on Tone Perception

    I. Introduction

    II. Frequency Analysis by the Ear

    III. Timbre and the Harmonics

    IV. Effect of Phase on Timbre

    V. Combination Tones

    VI. Beats of Simple Tones

    VII. Tonal Consonance and Dissonance

    VIII. Discussion


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 238
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1971
  • Published: January 28, 1971
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483191584

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William D. Neff

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