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Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain [Hardcover]

Mark F. Bear , Barry W. Connors , Michael A. Paradiso
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1 Dec 2000 0683305964 978-0683305968 2nd Revised edition
An undergraduate neuroscience text with particular emphasis on cellular foundations, sensory and motor systems, and behavioural topics. It emphasizes the biological basis of neuroscience versus strictly psychological and behavioural approaches.

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  • Hardcover: 770 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0683305964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0683305968
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 15.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain is divided into twenty-four chapters, covering everything from the foundations of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology through to the complexities of memory and the neuroscience behind behaviour. This book boasts a number of excellent features. The diagrams are clear and colourful, with appropriate annotation and explanation. "Key Terms" boxes (which list page references for each important term) and self-review questions are found at the end of each chapter. To me, however, the most valuable features are the numerous "Of Special Interest" boxes, which serve to reawaken the weary reader. Examples of subjects discussed include: "The Frontal Lobotomy"; "The Longest All-Nighter" (sleep deprivation); and "Walking, Talking, and Screaming in Your Sleep". My particular favourite is "The Amazing Case of Phineas Gage" - a man who survived (though with interesting personality changes) an incident in which a 6kg tamping rod was driven through his skull and left frontal lobe. In terms of style, while Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain is not as concise as other texts in this field, it is easy to follow - the authors deliver the information with enough enthusiasm to keep readers interested. Originally, this book was written to accompany a neuroscience degree offered by an American university. For this reason it covers the subject to a level of detail which is perhaps beyond the requirements of most medical students. However, for those students with a particular interest in neuroscience, those undertaking a special study module or planning to study for an intercalated degree, this textbook is an ideal instrument to aid progression from the basics to the complexities of a challenging subject.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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As a student studying neuroscience at university, one of the most important things to get is a quality general neuroscience text - specialised ones can wait! This book is unsurpassed in the combination of depth and ease of use - it made most of my course notes redundant... Well worth getting for any student who has a neuroscience module.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compehensive and easy to read 20 Feb 2001
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This is one of the best undergraduate neuroscience texts I have come across. The problems in the first edition have been resolved - ease of reading, colour, better diagrams - and this creates an easier environment in which to absorb the huge amount of information the book has to offer. Unfortunate that it is still only available in a hardback version, as this makes it heavy as well as cumbersome. The ultimate reference and learning text for the neuroscience disciplines in medical degrees as well as the full neuroscience degree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compendium of every neuroscience book I own 24 July 2001
What a great book, I'm a second year Neuroscientist and could not have got through last year without this book. It has almost all of the information you need in a digestable format. A must buy for any neuroscience student.
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