Guide to Research Techniques in Neuroscience

1st Edition

Authors: Matt Carter Jennifer Shieh Matt Carter Jennifer Shieh
Paperback ISBN: 9780123748492
eBook ISBN: 9780080951744
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd September 2009
Page Count: 408
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Neuroscience is by definition a multidisciplinary field: some scientists study genes and proteins at the molecular level while others study neural circuitry. A single topic such as the auditory system can be studied using techniques from genetics, imaging, biochemistry, or electrophysiology. A young scientist must learn how to read the primary literature and then develop their own experiments. This book offers that scientist an overview of mainstream research techniques, provides guidelines on how to choose one technique over another, offers tips on analyzing data, and provides a list of references for additional detailed study. This book can also assist an experienced scientist understand published studies conducted outside their own subfield.

Key Features

Written by Stanford University graduate students in neuroscience to provide a "hands-on" approach for other neuroscience graduate students 
Techniques within one field will be compared so that user can select best technique for their experiment
Chapters include references (key articles, books, protocols) for additional detailed study
Data Analysis boxes in each chapter help with data interpretation and offer guidelines on how best to represent results
*"Walk-through" boxes guide students through the experiment step-by-step

Readership

graduate students in neuroscience, post-doctoral students, fellows, scientists who are new to neuroscience (who come from mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Professor William Newsome, Stanford University Whole Brain Imaging Stereotaxic Surgeries and Pharmacology Behavioral Assays Electrophysiology Microscopy Histology Visualizing Neural Activity Identifying Genes and Proteins of Interest Molecular Cloning and Recombinant DNA Technology Manipulating Genes and Genomes Cell Culture and Gene Delivery Strategies Intracellular Signaling Index

Details

No. of pages:
408
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2010
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080951744
Paperback ISBN:
9780123748492

About the Author

Matt Carter

Matt Carter, PhD, is currently Assistant Professor of Biology at Williams College. His previous position was as a post-doctoral fellow in Richard Palmiter’s lab at the University of Washington using optogenetic techniques to study neural circuitry. He has authored the first edition of this book (Elsevier, 2009) as well as Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More (Elsevier, 2012). He was the awardee of Stanford University’s Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, and two-time recipient of the Stanford School of Medicine’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He currently teaches courses at Williams in both Topics in Neuroscience as well as Neural Systems and Circuits.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor of Biology, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA

Jennifer Shieh

Jennifer C. Shieh, PhD, is currently Program Director and SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Coordinator at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the NIH. She co-authored the first edition of this book (Elsevier, 2009), and was awarded the Hans-Lukas Teuber Award for Outstanding Research and Academics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Award for Outstanding Scholarship and BCS Contributions.

Affiliations and Expertise

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Washington, DC, USA

Matt Carter

Matt Carter, PhD, is currently Assistant Professor of Biology at Williams College. His previous position was as a post-doctoral fellow in Richard Palmiter’s lab at the University of Washington using optogenetic techniques to study neural circuitry. He has authored the first edition of this book (Elsevier, 2009) as well as Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More (Elsevier, 2012). He was the awardee of Stanford University’s Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, and two-time recipient of the Stanford School of Medicine’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He currently teaches courses at Williams in both Topics in Neuroscience as well as Neural Systems and Circuits.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor of Biology, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA

Jennifer Shieh

Jennifer C. Shieh, PhD, is currently Program Director and SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Coordinator at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the NIH. She co-authored the first edition of this book (Elsevier, 2009), and was awarded the Hans-Lukas Teuber Award for Outstanding Research and Academics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Award for Outstanding Scholarship and BCS Contributions.

Affiliations and Expertise

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Washington, DC, USA

Reviews

Neuroscience is by definition a multidisciplinary field: some scientists study genes and proteins at the molecular level while others study neural circuitry. A single topic such as the auditory system can be studied using techniques from genetics, imaging, biochemistry, or electrophysiology. A young scientist must learn how to read the primary literature and then develop their own experiments. This book offers that scientist an overview of mainstream research techniques, provides guidelines on how to choose one technique over another, offers tips on analyzing data, and provides a list of references for additional detailed study. This book can also assist an experienced scientist understand published studies conducted outside their own subfield.