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Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,060 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Widely praised for its student-friendly style and exceptional artwork and pedagogy, Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain is a leading undergraduate textbook on the biology of the brain and the systems that underlie behavior. This edition provides increased coverage of taste and smell, circadian rhythms, brain development, and developmental disorders and includes new informati ...more
Hardcover, 928 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by LWW (first published April 1995)
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Mar 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is THE book to start learning neuroscience from. The pictures and diagrams are wonderful, the layout is great, and there are little interesting blurbs about research and discoveries that really pique one's interest in the subject. One thing in particular that stands out about this book is the fascinating chapter on the eye. The handling of the various neurons, rods and cones, and the visual pathway, including ocular dominance columns and organization, is exquisite.
Mohamed Tashkandi
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a masterpiece for students beginning with neuroscience. Its way of simplifying complex concepts in a digestible writing without losing its powerful context is entirely captivating. It also makes it really entertaining in how it links basic science with the clinical aspect by tracking it down from discovery to practice.

Even though the first 6 chapters may seem familiar and’ve been already covered in physiology courses, it has its own taste and beauty and makes reading it feel like t
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great structure and visuals. Would be great to get a more updated edition much has changed since then.
Elijah Shervey
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic exciting length cover or many fundamental Neuroscience topics. Although I hadn't thoroughly read through other textbooks for a fair comparison, I found the short stories and 'paths to discovery' to be exciting and inspiring, and they were sprinkled all throughout the textbook. That's something you don't see too often in academic textbooks. This textbook has helped me in a major decision to shift my career towards Neuroscience research.

Although, I can point out some issues that may ha
Eric Sexton
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a really useful introduction to topics in neuroscience. I felt the chapters on mental illness and affective neuroscience in general were frustratingly short but I suppose that's because I have an unusual fascination with those topics. I recommend this for anyone who wants to see the very basic connections between neuronal function and behavior. It's an easy read. It took me about 3 months and I was in the middle of moving to a new continent for half a month. So if you're motivated you could ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love Neuroscience and this textbook was interesting to read but I think it needed more helpful summary of the end of the chapters or quizzes. Otherwise the book was both a good textbook and an interesting helpful book to pass my neuroscience class. It's one of the few textbooks I actually bought to own and plan to keep.
alliah (paintingpages)
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbooks
Used this for both my neural systems I and neural systems II course! It’s very clear and definitely a good reference book and starting point. At times it could be dense, but I did really enjoy this book for the most part. My courses in particular were mostly lecture based and had topics not mentioned in the book at all which was sometimes frustrating, but nothing a quick search can’t fix.
Claudio de Giovanni
Highly detailed introduction to neuroscience, providing a comprehensive explanation of the core molecular, cellular and functional areas of the brain. It's not an easy book to read for a novice in the field but surely provides insights on the wonders of our brain and could be useful as a foundation for further studies in neuroscience, psycology and human behavior.
Sudhir Nallagangu
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book for even introductory readers like me who is trying to understand what goes on between ears. I am blown away by clear articulation pictures and explanation. Thanks for opening the eorld of neuroscience

Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This class/textbook really sparked an interest in neuroscience for me!
Miguel Velasco orozco
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book of neuroscience, excellent to start studying the brain
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-science
I think this is the definitive textbook for laypeople or human science students (psychology) to begin seriously studying neuroscience. For systems neuroscience students, I'd advise Larry Squire's Fundamental Neuroscience for Systems Neuroscience over this, as it has more chapters dedicated to functions of the nervous system (sleep, pain etc.)

This book lacks fine detail, especially with respect to electrophysiology, computational approaches and molecular neuroscience. It is better for learning ab
Brett Kistler
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Digesting this tome was a two-month endeavor, and each chapter deserves its own Amazon review. In general terms, the concepts are explained extraordinarily well and in an arrangement that gradually builds an understanding of the underlying cellular mechanics so the reader (astoundingly) doesn't find themselves over their heads when later chapters paint the broader pictures of memory and learning. The book includes clear illustrations and diagrams (that is, as clear as diagrams of brain wiring or ...more
Misti Townsend
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I entered a Doctorate level Advanced Neuroscience class in 2013 without any previous history in Biology (beyond 1 semester of 7th grade Bio and high school Marine Biology -- oy!). Needless to say, I was in over my head and had insane amounts of catching up to do once the first week of panic attacks dwindled. :) This book brought me up to speed and kept me reasonably current with the class through clear, straightforward speech and excellent scaffolding. I barely grazed by with a B, but given the ...more
John Jaksich
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that can not be readily put down nor finished. As a chemist, I found it inspiring and fundamental to the furthering my understanding of chemistry/biochemistry. I recommend it to chemistry and biology students who wish to expand their horizons.

I leave you leave with questions to ponder--Is the brain the fundamental last frontier or is it the cosmos?
Chris Hawke
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book provides an excellent glimpse into neuroscience. Though the book may seem complex at times, it still provides a clear understanding of important brain functions such as metacognition and neuroplasticity.
Aug 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mind, psychology
More perspicuous than the other Neuroscience textbook I have read, but perhaps not quite as complete.
Ahmed Elmanzalawi
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
really one of the best neuro science books that i have ever seen
images are brilliant but i think it should be enhanced by more technical info & details
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nice images and schematics. Written in away that makes neurology understandable.
Shannon Wright
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well detailed textbook. Accompanying disk is very useful in learning brain anatomy.
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quite good, easy to understand.
Doesn't kill you with overly in depth detail.
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Used this book in my Neuro 105 class and it's a keeper. One I will hold onto as a simple reference book. Great place to begin your study of Neuroscience.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: special-books
One of the best uni textbooks I have ever read! Excellent way of introducing the reader to neuroscience and it's wonders.
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very in-depth introduction to basic neuroscience. Absolutely loved the illustrations and diagrams that accompanied this text.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very fascinating, both in its description of current science, as well as the history behind the discoveries
Jul 13, 2016 added it
An exceptionally well compiled text on Neuroscience with a comprehensive and lucid explanation on all major aspects of Neuroscience.
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Oh yes, what a page turner. A must for any BDSM enthusiast!
Zahra Dhanji
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Perfect for those new to this field. Good read too!
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting textbook that sheds light on basic neuroscience principles and research findings.
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