Model Neural Networks and Behavior

  • Allen I. Selverston

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Neural Circuitry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter A. Getting, Michael S. Dekin
      Pages 3-20
    3. R. Meldrum Robertson, Keir G. Pearson
      Pages 21-35
    4. John P. Miller, Allen I. Selverston
      Pages 37-48
    5. Paul R. Benjamin, Christopher J. H. Elliott, Graham P. Ferguson
      Pages 87-108
  3. Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. John G. Hildebrand
      Pages 129-148
    3. Michael J. Bastiani, Sascha du Lac, Corey S. Goodman
      Pages 149-174
    4. David A. Weisblat, William B. Kristan Jr.
      Pages 175-190
  4. Learning and Plasticity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Alan Gelperin, J. J. Hopfield, D. W. Tank
      Pages 237-261
  5. Neurotransmitters and Neuromodulators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Earl Mayeri, Barry S. Rothman
      Pages 285-301
    3. Joyce K. Ono, Richard E. McCaman
      Pages 303-317
    4. Edward A. Kravitz, Barbara Beltz, Silvio Glusman, Michael Goy, Ronald Harris-Warrick, Michael Johnston et al.
      Pages 339-360
    5. Hugo Aréchiga, Ubaldo García, Leonardo Rodríguez-Sosa
      Pages 361-379
    6. James W. Truman, Janis C. Weeks
      Pages 381-399
  6. Cellular and Membrane Biophysics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. John A. Connor, Philip Hockberger
      Pages 437-460
    3. Robert S. Zucker
      Pages 461-475
  7. Neurogenetics and Molecular Neurobiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 477-477
    2. Richard H. Scheller, Mark Schaefer
      Pages 491-512
    3. Robert J. Wyman, John B. Thomas, Lawrence Salkoff, Walter Costello
      Pages 513-535
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 547-548

About this book


The most conspicuous function of the nervous system is to control animal behav­ ior. From the complex operations of learning and mentation to the molecular con­ figuration of ionic channels, the nervous system serves as the interface between an animal and its environment. To study and understand the fundamental mecha­ nisms underlying the control of behavior, it is often both necessary and desirable to employ biological systems with characteristics especially suitable for answering specific questions. In neurobiology, many invertebrates have become established as model systems for investigations at both the systems and the cellular level. Large, readily identifiable neurons have made invertebrates especially useful for cellular studies. The fact that these neurons occur in much smaller numbers than those in higher animals also makes them important for circuit analysis. Although important differences exist, some of the questions that would be tech­ nically impossible to answer with vertebrates can become experimentally tractable with invertebrates.


nervous system neural networks neurobiology neurons

Editors and affiliations

  • Allen I. Selverston
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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