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Sensory Processes

March 2002 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book emphasizes the underlying neural structures and functions of sensory systems (pain, olfaction, gustation, audition, vision, etc.) and presents this complex material at a level comprehensible to undergraduates as well as beginning graduate students. The book begins with a review of the central nervous system and its sensory components and includes discussions of methodological techniques and procedures used to study sensory processes.

Features/Benefits:

· Detailed coverage of sense modalities beyond vision and audition offers students more in-depth coverage of the somatosensory system, pain, olfaction, gustation, and the vestibular system than most traditional sensation and perception books provide.

· Inclusion of sensory disorders and dysfunctions, with clinical examples, illustrate the real-world importance and impact of the subject matter.

· Pedagogical aids and a "user-friendly" style and approach make the subject matter understandable to students; these aids include brief chapter intros that put the material into contexts students can readily relate to; key terms bolded in text and defined in an end-of-book glossary; chapter summaries; and selected references for further reading.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
1. Introduction to the Nervous System
The Nervous System  
Dysfunctions  
 
2. Synapses and Receptors
A Brief Review  
Potential Sensitivity  
Calcium Influx  
Neurotransmitter Release  
Postsynaptic Potentials  
Chemical Sensitivity  
Neurotransmitters  
Introduction to Receptors  
Receptor Transduction  
Dysfunctions  
Summary  
Suggested Readings  
 
3. Somatosensory System
Overview of the Chapter  
Somatosensory Paths Revisited  
Receptors and Fibers  
Proprioception and Kinesthesis  
Receptive Fields  
The Thalamus  
The Somatosensory Cortex  
Dysfunctions  
Summary  
Suggested Readings  
 
4. Pain
Pain: One Definition  
Classic Paths  
The Gate Control Theory of Pain  
Pain and Drugs  
Summary  
Suggested Readings  
 
5. Olfaction
The peripheral Olfactory System  
Olfactory Transduction  
The Olfactory Bulb  
Central Olfactory Structures  
Olfactory Perception  
How Many Odors Are there?  
Dysfunctions  
Suggested Readings  
 
6. Gustation
Peripheral Processes  
Central Processes  
Taste Perception  
The Hedonics  
Dysfunctions  
Summary  
Suggested Readings  
 
7. The Vestibular System
Introduction  
Vestibular Periphery  
Vestibular Central Pathways  
Dysfunctions  
Summary  
Suggested Readings  
 
8. Auditory Stimuli
Introduction  
Summary  
Suggested Readings  
 
9. Audition
External and Middle Ear  
The Inner Ear  
Auditory Pathways  
The Auditory Cortex  
Dysfunctions  
Summary  
Suggested Readings  
 
10. Vision
The Visual Stimulus  
The Structure of the Eye  
The Retina  
Central Pathways  
The Thalamus and Other Neutral Centers  
The Visual Cortex  
Dysfunctions  
Summary  
Suggested Readings  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Author

"There
is no comparable text for a course in perception that emphasizes the neural
basis of perception rather than simply perceptual phenomena and
psychophysics…It is strong in the clarity with which some difficult concepts
are explained. The author does not restrict himself to a physics and
engineering approach, but rather gives the reader a mental image of what is
happening biologically. Inclusion of disorders is another big advantage…The
quality of writing is excellent. The level is appropriate for upper level
undergraduates."

RICKYE HEFFNER
University of Toledo

"I
think the book’s primary strengths are its attention to detail and willingness
to tackle difficult topics and offer very good explanations and
analogies."

STEVEN HAASE
University of Wisconsin at Madison

"I’m
very sympathetic to the goal of this book in taking an enhanced
multidisciplinary approach to the area of Sensation/Perception, with particular
emphasis on the neuroscience background. Also commendable is the detailed
treatment of sense modalities other than vision and audition."

MICHAEL SLOANE
University of Alabama at Birmingham

"I like the general tone of the
book. The overall approach and the metaphors are quite nice."

 

BRUCE HALPERN
Cornell University

The book was not the right fit for my course. I needed a book that was more neuroscience and cognitive psychology and more perception oriented. This would be better for a different type of course than the one I teach.

Professor Amanda Carey
Psychology Dept, Simmons College
March 5, 2015

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1. Introduction to the Nervous System


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