Neuroscience Primer?

Stephan Anagnostaras stephan at hannibal.psych.ucla.edu
Thu Mar 31 01:27:11 EST 1994


In article <JC6PBtT.brunker at delphi.com> brunker at delphi.com writes:
> 
>	Could anyone here suggest an up-to-date introductory neuroscience
>text?

Unless you are a neuroanatomist type, you probably want a biopsychology
textbook:

Here are the best:

Intro:  1) James Kalat "Biological Psychology"
Medium: 2) Neil Carlson "Physiology of Behavior"
Advanc: 3) Kandell, Schwartz, & Jessell, "Principles of Neural Science"

All of these are excellent, but, the more advanced the book, the more
out of date it is. KSJ is about 10 years out of date on most subjects,
15 years on some. Carlson just came out with a new edition, so it's
only 5 years or so out of date.

If you are interested in higher level stuff:
the cornerstone book:  Kolb & Whinshaw, Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology

for computational stuff try: Churchland & Sejnowski, "The Computational Brain"

If you are interested in psychopharmacology:

1) there are no good intro textbooks, however this one is OK:
   William McKim, "Drugs and Behavior: An introduction to Behavioral
     Pharmacology"

2) Cornerstone book, very up to date, quite advanced:
   Cooper, Bloom, & Roth, "The Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology"
   * you must have at least organic chem to use this one.

Neuroanatomy:

Introction:
  1) Human Brain Coloring Book
Advanced:
  (OK): Carpenter, Core Text of Neuroanatomy
     (youre better off with an atlas)

In any case, if you have some biological training, any of these texts
will be easy to read for you, except for Cooper Bloom and Roth  AND
the Carpenter Neuroanatomy.  All of the others have a relatively
complete treatment, so you can do without a whole lot of knowledge.

Stephan Anagnostaras
UCLA





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