Complex Brain Functions
Conceptual Advances in Russian Neuroscience
Edited by Robert Miller, Alexey M Ivanitsky
CRC Press – 2000 – 432 pages
There are many difficulties hindering western scientists from becoming acquainted with Russian scientific literature, including both political and language barriers. Russian science has a long and proud tradition going back as far as Peter the Great and the founding of the Russian Academy of Science in 1725. However, Russian neuroscientists from the 19th and 20th centuries are hardly recognised in the western world.
Complex Brain Functions covers many avenues of contemporary research in Russian neuroscience. The chapters range from basic research at the cellular level to studies of higher brain functions in animals and humans, including psychopharmacology and neurochemistry and the brain basis of human mental functions as well as papers with a more philosophical content.
1. Volume Transmission in the Striatum as Constituting Information Processing 2. Unitary Postsynaptic Mechanisms of LTP and LTD in the Neocortex 3. Memory Consolidation: Narrowing the Gap Between Systems and Molecular Genetics Neurosciences 4. Informational Synthesis in Crucial Cortical Areas, as the Brain Basis of Subjective Experience 5. Nature of Sensory Awareness: the Hypothesis of Self-identification 6. Brain Mechanisms of Emotions 7. The Functional Significance of High-frequency Components of Brain Electrical Activity 8. EEG Mapping in Emotional and Cognitive Pathology 9. Brain Organization of Selective Tasks Preceding Attention: Ontogenetic Aspects 10. Formation and Realization of Individual Experience in Humans and Animals: a Psychological Approach 11. Applicability of the Reinforcement Concept to Studies in Simple Nervous Systems 12.
Sensory Factors in the Ontogenetic Reorganization of Behaviour 13. Colour Spaces of Animal-trichromats (Rhesus Monkeys and Carp), Revealed by Instrumental Discrimination Learning 14. Neurobiology of Gestalts 15. The Striatal Cholinergic System and Instrumental Behaviour 16. The Motor Cortex Inhibits Synergies Interfering With a Learned Movement: Reorganization of Postural Co-ordination in Dogs 17. Biochemical Correlates of Individual Behaviour 18. Brain Serotonin in Genetically Defined Defensive Behaviour