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Contributions to Sensory Physiology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483167497, 9781483194974

Contributions to Sensory Physiology

1st Edition

Volume 2

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Editor: William D. Neff
eBook ISBN: 9781483194974
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1967
Page Count: 278
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Contributions to Sensory Physiology: Volume 2 presents the scientific research on the sensory systems. It discusses the physiological basis of sensation. It addresses the evolution of vertebrate hearing. Some of the topics covered in the book are the origins of neocortex; the differentiation of sensory thalamo-cortical systems in early phases of mammal evolution; the predominance of the auditory system in carnivore; effects of brain stem lesions on the normal prepotency of sound; the logarithmic intensity function of single peripheral units; and sensory neocortex and the evolution of intelligence. The organization of somatic central projections is covered. The pure convergent cortical projections are discussed. The text describes the Weber function and Fechner’s conjecture. A study of the human somesthetic intensity function is presented. A chapter is devoted to the peripheral nerve responses. Another section focuses on the physical correlate theory of perception of intensity. The book can provide useful information to doctors, neurologists, students, and researchers.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Contents of Volume 1

The Evolution of Vertebrate Hearing

I. Introduction

II. Sound

III. The Lateral Line

IV. The Labyrinth

V. The Swim Bladder

VI. The Weberian Apparatus and Other Adaptations

VII. Can Fish Hear?

VIII. On to Land: The Amphibia

IX. The Inner Ear and the Hearing in the Frog

X. Summary


The Sensory Neocortex

I. Origins of Neocortex

II. The Differentiation of Sensory Thalamo-Cortical Systems in Early Phases of Mammal Evolution

III. The Predominance of the Auditory System in Carnivores

IV. The Auditory Cortex and the Lower Centers of the Auditory Pathway

V. The Auditory Cortex and Memory

VI. Sensory Cortex and the Evolution of Intelligence


Organization of Somatic Central Projections

I. Introduction

II. Lemniscal versus Extralemniscal Projections

III. Structures Showing Essentially Extralemniscal Properties

IV. Lemniscal and Extralemniscal Convergence in Primary Areas

V. Concluding Remarks: Role in Behavior of the Somatic Receiving Regions


Electrical Responses of the Nervous System and Subjective Scales of Intensity

I. Introduction

II. Historical Background

III. Human Somesthetic Intensity Functions

IV. Current Issues concerning the Appreciation of Intensity


Gustatory Response as a Temperature-Dependent Process

I. Introduction

II. Gustatory Nerve Response

III. Gustatory Nerve Response to Stimuli of Varying Temperatures

IV. Thermal Messages Carried by the Chorda Tympani and the Glossopharyngeal and Lingual Nerves

V. Bimodal Response of Taste Units

VI. Variations in the Gustatory Response Produced by Temperature Change

VII. Gustatory Nerve Response in the Frog

VIII. Conclusion


Author Index

Subject Index


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