Principles of Brain Evolution

ISBN-10: 0878938206

ISBN-13: 9780878938209

Edition: 2005

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Description: 'Brain Evolution' offers a detailed examination of the principles behind the evolution of human brain structure. The core of the text explores those aspects of brain organisation that are concerved across the vertebrates.

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Book details

List price: $102.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/5/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 436
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.464
Language: English

Evolutionary Neuroscience: This Book's Scope and Ambition
The Book's Scope and Major Themes
Philosophical Preamble
A History of Comparative Neurobiology
The Birth of Comparative Neuroanatomy
Darwin's Time: The Owen-Huxley Debate
The Era of Comparative Cytoarchitectonics
Comparative Hodology and Histochemistry
The Rise of Neurocladistics
The Rejuvenation of Comparative Neuroembryology
Conclusions
Conservation in Vertebrate Brains
A "Who's Who" of Vertebrates
Comparing Adult Brains
Adult brain regions
Adult cell types
Neuron-typical molecules
Comparing Embryonic Brains
The neuromeric model
Criticisms of the neuromeric model
Mapping Embryos onto Adults
Conclusions
Evolutionary Changes in Overall Brain Size
Changes in Relative Brain Size
Mechanisms of brain-body scaling
Functional Correlates of Relative Brain Size
Changes in Absolute Brain Size
Constraints and Compromises
Conclusions
Evolutionary Changes in Brain Region Size
Concerted versus Mosaic Evolution
Concerted evolution
Mosaic evolution
Toward a synthesis
Functional Correlates of Brain Region Size
The principle of proper mass
Absolute size and functional capacity
Proportional size and influence
Relative size and adaptation
Synthesis: The avian hippocampus
Conclusions
Evolutionary Changes in Brain Region Structure
Homology and Novelty
Phylogenetic Conversion: Lamination
Phylogenetic Proliferation: Segregation
Phylogenetic Proliferation: Addition
Conclusions
Evolution of Neuronal Connectivity
Epigenetic Population Matching and Cascades
The Parcellation Hypothesis
Connectional Invasion and its Consequences
General Principles of Network Design
Synthesis and Conclusions
What's Special about Mammal Brains?
Early Mammals and their Brains
The Phylogenetic History of Neocortex
Beyond the Neocortex
Conclusions
What's Special about Human Brains?
Primate Behavior and Overall Brain Size
Evolutionary Changes in Primate Brain Organization
Hominin Behavior and Overall Brain Size
Evolutionary Changes in Hominin Brain Organization
Conclusions
Reflections and Prospect
Explanatory Strategies in Evolutionary Neuroscience
Steps Toward Synthesis
Absolute and Relative Brain Size
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index
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