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  • The cornerstone reference in the field of neuroscience that explains how the nerves, brain, and mind function

  • Clear emphasis on how behavior can be examined through the electrical activity of both individual neurons and systems of nerve cells

  • Current focus on molecular biology as a tool for probing the pathogenesis of many neurological diseases, including muscular dystrophy, Huntington disease, and certain forms of Alzheimer’s disease

  • More than 900 engaging full-color illustrations—including line drawings, radiographs, micrographs, and medical photographs clarify often-complex neuroscience concepts

  • Outstanding section on the development and emergence of behavior, including important coverage of brain damage repair, the sexual differentiation of the nervous system, and the aging brain

  • NEW! More detailed discussions of cognitive and behavioral functions, and an expanded review of cognitive processes

  • NEW! A focus on the increasing importance of computational neural science, which enhances our ability to record the brain’s electrical activity and study cognitive processes more directly

  • NEW! Chapter-opening Key Concepts provide a convenient, study-enhancing introduction to the material covered in each chapter

  • Selected Readings and full reference citations at the close of each chapter facilitate further study and research

  • Helpful appendices highlight basic circuit theory; the neurological examination of the patient; circulation of the brain; the blood-brain barrier, choroid plexus, and cerebrospinal fluid; neural networks; and theoretical approaches to neuroscience

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