This book is based on the symposium organized in the framework of the 380th birthday of the State University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

The chapters represent an overview of the state- of-the-art of the different fields belonging to the emotional motor system. The invited speakers prepared their papers AFTER the conference, making it possible for them to incorporate the findings of other authors in their own chapters. This approach, and peer reviewing of all chapters, makes the volume an excellent addition to this renowned series.

Table of Contents

List of contributors. Preface. Acknowledgements.

1. The emotional motor system. 2. The somatic motor system. 3. Some principles of the spinal organization of the sympathetic preganglionic outflow. 4. Spinal cord reflex organization of sympathetic systems. 5. Vagal efferent projections: viscerotopy, neurochemistry and effects of vagotomy. 6. Spinal inteneurons and preganglionic neurons in sacral autonomic reflex pathways. 7. The neuronal control of micturition and its relation to the emotional motor system. 8. Role of medulla oblongata in generation of sympathetic and vagal outflows. 9. Rostral brain regions contributing to respiratory control. 10. The ventro-medial medullary projections to spinal motoneurons: ultrastructure, transmitters and functional aspects. 11. Serotonin, norepinephrine and associated neuropeptides: effects on somatic motoneuron excitability. 12. The paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus and the functional neuroanatomy of visceromotor responses to stress. 13. An ascending general homeostatic afferent pathway originating in lamina I. 14. Involvement of the spino-parabrachio amygdaloid and hypothalamic pathways in the autonomic and affective emotional aspects of pain. 15. Somatosensory and visceral input to the hypothalamus and limbic system. 16. Physiological functions of pontomedullary raphe and medial reticular neurons. 17. Columnar organization in the midbrain periaqueductal gray and the integration of emotional expression. 18. Midbrain and medullary regulation of defensive cardiovascular functions. 19. Midbrain and medullary regulation of respiration and vocalization. 20. A concept for the final common pathway of vocalization and lordosis beh


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About the editors

G. Holstege

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept. of Anatomy and Embryology, University of Groningen, Oostersingel 69, 9713 EZ Groningen, The Netherlands

R. Bandler

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Anatomy, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

C.B. Saper

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Hospital, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA