Principles of Neurobiology

Liqun Luo

Garland Science
Published July 8, 2015
Textbook - 672 Pages - 625 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815344940 - CAT# Y142816

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• Integrates molecular, cellular, circuit, systems, and behavioral approaches within each subject.
• Written in a consistent and engaging style, with many cross-chapter references to further integrate concepts across chapters.
• Covers important topics of modern neurobiology with sufficient depth to represent the frontiers of research.
• The descriptions of key experiments, the figures with data from original literature, and the references to primary papers provide a rich resource for students to understand and utilize primary research.
• Contains many examples of the use of diverse animal models in research, including many from invertebrates.
• Chapter 12, Evolution of the Nervous System, offers a unique discussion of neuronal communication, sensory systems, and brain structure and development in an evolutionary context.
• Chapter 13, Ways of Exploring, reviews important experimental methods and approaches in neurobiology, including many of the modern technologies in investigating neural circuit function that are being further developed as a part of the U.S. BRAIN Initiative.
• Concept headings introduce each section and provide an outline of the key ideas and storylines presented in the chapter.
• End-of-chapter summaries enable students to review and assess their understanding of what they have read.
• Boxes expand on the coverage in the chapters by elucidating detailed mechanisms and technological advances.


Principles of Neurobiology presents the major concepts of neuroscience with an emphasis on how we know what we know. The text is organized around a series of key experiments to illustrate how scientific progress is made and helps upper-level undergraduate and graduate students discover the relevant primary literature. Written by a single author in a clear and consistent writing style, each topic builds in complexity from electrophysiology to molecular genetics to systems level in a highly integrative approach. Students can fully engage with the content via thematically linked chapters and will be able to read the book in its entirety in a semester-long course. Principles of Neurobiology is accompanied by a rich package of online student and instructor resources including animations, journal club suggestions, figures in PowerPoint, and a Question Bank for adopting instructors.

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