Brain Evolution by Design

From Neural Origin to Cognitive Architecture

  • Shuichi Shigeno
  • Yasunori Murakami
  • Tadashi Nomura

Part of the Diversity and Commonality in Animals book series (DCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Origins of Neurons and Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Shigeru Kuroda, Seiji Takagi, Tetsu Saigusa, Toshiyuki Nakagaki
      Pages 3-23
  3. The Rise of Diverse Brain Types

  4. Cognitive Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Yasunori Murakami
      Pages 215-252
    3. Yohei Shinmyo, Tomohisa Toda, Kosuke Masuda, Yoshio Hoshiba, Haruka Ebisu, Naoyuki Matsumoto et al.
      Pages 311-327
    4. Yu Hayashi, Chih-Yao Liu
      Pages 343-366
  5. Models and Designs

About this book


This book presents a new, detailed examination that explains how elegant brains have been shaped in evolution. It consists of 19 chapters written by academic professionals in neuroscience, opening with the origin of single-celled creatures and then introducing primordial types in invertebrates with the great abundance of the brains of vertebrates. Important topics are provided in a timely manner, because novel techniques emerged rapidly—as seen, for examples, in the next-generation sequencers and omics approaches. With the explosion of big data, neural-related genes and molecules is now on the radar. In fact, Europe’s big science and technology projects, a €1 billion plan called the Human Brain Project and the Blue Brain Project to understand mammalian brain networks, have been launched in recent years. Furthermore, with the rise of recently advanced artificial intelligence, there is great enthusiasm for understanding the evolution of neural networks. The views from brain evolution in nature provide an essential opportunity to generate ideas for novel neuron- and brain-inspired computation. The ambition behind this book is that it will stimulate young scientists who seek a deeper understanding in order to find the basic principles shaping brains that provided higher cognitive functions in the course of evolution.


Brain Evolution Neural network Animals Intelligence Neuroscience Design Structure Neuron

Editors and affiliations

  • Shuichi Shigeno
    • 1
  • Yasunori Murakami
    • 2
  • Tadashi Nomura
    • 3
  1. 1.Stazione Zoologica Anton DohrnNaplesItaly
  2. 2.Ehime UniversityMatsuyamaJapan
  3. 3.Kyoto Prefectural University of MedicineKyotoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Japan KK 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-56467-6
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-56469-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-5536
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-5544
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