This book arose out of a concern of a lack of understanding of the physiological processes which underlie consciousness. Knowledge related to the origin of consciousness is essential to many disciplines with an interest in human behavior, but because brain damage often produces impaired consciousness, it is especially important to neurologists, neurosurgeons and psychologists in managing patients.
Arthur J. Hudson, MD, FRCPC, is a neurologist and Professor Emeritus from the University of Western Ontario.
Foreword; Introduction; 1. The Evolution of the Neural Sciences; 2. Neurons of the Cerebral Cortex; 3. Properties of Axons, Dendrites and Synaptic Vesicles; 4. Resting and Voltage-gated Ion Channels; 5. Excitatory Neurotransmitters; 6. Inhibitory Neurotransmitters; 7. Electrical Behavior of Dendrites; 8. Axon Targeting; 9. Protein Signaling Complexes and Networks; 10. Long-term Potentiation and Plasticity in Neurons; 11. Processing of Memory; 12. Development of Consciousness; 13. The Final Challenge: Quantum Brain Models; References; Index.