Nervous System Theory - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124412507, 9781483267319

Nervous System Theory

1st Edition

An Introductory Study

Authors: K. N. Leibovic
eBook ISBN: 9781483267319
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1972
Page Count: 306
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Description

Nervous System Theory: An Introductory Study focuses on the nervous system theory, stressing the means for understanding the nature of the biological system rather than the elaboration of mathematical theories.

This book begins with a discussion on single-cell responses, followed by a discussion of sensory information processing that leads into models of perceptual processes and their possible neural bases. This text concludes with some general principles and theoretical investigations relating to units that make up a nervous system, through a sensory pathway and central structures. The peripheral stimuli that explain the operations of the brain are also described.

This publication is a good reference for neurologists, medical practitioners, and researchers conducting work on the nervous system theory.

Table of Contents


Preface

Acknowledgments

Part One: Single Cell Responses

Chapter 1. Introduction

References

Chapter 2. The Resting Potential

References

Chapter 3. Cable Theory and Passive Conduction

References

Chapter 4. Passive Responses in Dendrites

Model for a Small Patch of Membrane

Dendritic Branching

References

Chapter 5. The Action Potential

References

Chapter 6. Graded Responses in Active Membranes

Subthreshold Oscillations

Graded Pulses

Conclusion

References

Chapter 7. Synaptic Communication

References

Chapter 8. Reduced Neuron Models

Neuron Firing Statistics

Input Statistics

Output Statistics

The Neuron as a Decision Element

A Logic Model of Neural Activity

References

Chapter 9. Probabilistic Logic of Formal Neuron Networks

Model Neurons

Component Reliability

Majority Unit Networks

Multiplex Systems

References

Chapter 10. Conclusion

Part Two: Information Processing in a Sensory Pathway

Chapter 11. Introduction

Chapter 12. Information Input Statistics

Increment Thresholds

Information Acquisition by Sampling

References

Chapter 13. The Visual Pathway—Preliminaries of Structure and Function

References

Chapter 14. The Visual Pathway—Response Patterns and Receptive Fields

Peripheral Responses

Responses at Intermediate and Central Stations

References

Chapter 15. Receptive Fields and Dendritic Trees

References

Chapter 16. Analog Networks

References

Chapter 17. Conclusion

Part Three: Models of Perceptual Function

Chapter 18. Introduction

Chapter 19. Visual Adaptation and Related Topics

The Effective Stimulus on the Retina

Retinal Thresholds

Pyschophysics of Adaptation

Retinal Cell Responses

A Proposal for a Model of the Retina

Receptor Thresholds

Further Consideration of Nerve Signals and Psychophysics

References

Chapter 20. A Model for Size Estimation

References

Chapter 21. Binocular Space Perception

References

Chapter 22. Conclusion

References

Part Four: Some General Considerations

Chapter 23. Introduction

Chapter 24. Higher Brain Function and Organization

The Cerebral Cortex

Functional Columns in the Cerebral Cortex

"Computing" in the Cerebellum

References

Chapter 25. Reliability: Computation in the Cerebellum

References

Chapter 26. Convergence, Divergence, and Related Topics

Single Cells and Groups of Cells

Implications of Overlap

Levels of Information Processing

References

Chapter 27. Conclusion

Author Index

Subject Index

Details

No. of pages:
306
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1972
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483267319

About the Author

K. N. Leibovic