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Neuroscience, Fourth Edition Hardcover – July 31, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0878936977 ISBN-10: 0878936971 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 857 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc.; 4th edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878936971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878936977
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neuroscience is a remarkably well-organized and well-written text. It is highly accessible and easy to follow, which is impressive given the amount of detail and depth it provides. Each step of the way, explanations of complex concepts are accompanied by easy-to-follow graphics that on the one hand enhance deep understanding, and, on the other, make it easy to even just browse or skim. The book does an excellent job of bridging between molecular and molar levels of analysis, between basic and clinical science, and between the big picture and discrete detail. In other words, it keeps you grounded and allows you to understand how basic processes relate to cognition, emotion, and behavior, as well as to various forms of dysfunction. ... I am definitely keeping a copy of Neuroscience on my desk, along with Lezak et al., Strauss et al., and all the other classics. --Yana Suchy, JINS

As is the tradition with this book, current neuroanatomical and neurophysiological concepts are explained in detail and fully illustrated. The addition of current concepts on neuroplasticity and behavior, as well as the web resources, significantly enrich this edition. This is a worthy and affordable book for neuroscience students. ... An excellent contribution to the study of neuroscience, deserving of its place in neurology, neurosurgery, and neurosciences libraries. --Celso Agner, Doody's Book Review

About the Author

DALE PURVES, M.D. Duke University, USA GEORGE J. AUGUSTINE, Ph.D. Duke University, USA DAVID FITZPATRICK, Ph.D. Duke University, USA WILLIAM C. HALL ANTHONY-SAMUEL LAMANTIA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill JAMES O. MCNAMARA, Duke University, USA LEONARD E. WHITE, Duke University, USA

Customer Reviews

This is a good introductory book for neuroscience.
Elliot Blake
I bought this for a class, and in fact, I finished reading the entire book.
W. Chew
It is very understandable, and the figures are of great help to the text.
BioGeek247

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By L. Warnecke on September 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a really tough read. I know neuroscience probably isn't supposed to be an easy read, but the author jumps all over the place. The chapters are divided up into broad sections with long heading names that don't always imply what the section is about. There are no subheadings or lists, just block text and pictures, making it difficult to outline the book in your notes. There are boxes about pathologies thrown in randomly throughout the chapter, but because the box begins when you are in the middle of a sentence about something completely different I'm rarely drawn to read them. For the most part the pictures and diagrams are clear, but when I study from this book I have to supplement with my general anatomy and physiolgy book. On several occasions the text has referred to parts of the anatomy that aren't labeled on the diagram. Not my favorite textbook...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BioGeek247 on September 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is being used for one of my grad classes that I am taking with an undergrad class. It is very understandable, and the figures are of great help to the text. Some of it does get into great detail, and other sections need to be explained with more detail, but other than that, it's an excellent book. It is an interesting read for Neuroscience. The book also came with a DVD used for tutorials, as well as visuals for the brain. It's very helpful and very interesting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Chew on December 24, 2008
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I bought this for a class, and in fact, I finished reading the entire book. I would say it is quite clear in relating possibly difficult subjects, and the order is logical. The topics I felt it was most successful in are: synaptic plasticity and sensory systems. For cognitive neuroscience, this particular book was not as detailed as the other book by the same author, which deals specifically with that field.
Some minor typographical errors in this book, but about 10 out of the entire text is not bad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on January 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great text for medical school courses. I use this in conjunction with the Blumenfeld text, and between these two texts I feel I am well prepared for most of the questions on the exam. The figures are particularly helpful, seeing as many of the professors use them directly in their powerpoint presentations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ell on July 20, 2011
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As a grad student (not in neuroscience or biology)/former curriculum developer, I think this book could really be improved to be less taxing for students to read and process. I had no problem whatsoever with the content but the chapter-internal organization is really difficult to follow, with random seeming section ordering, boxes interrupting the text, etc. The key terms are in bold but in many cases are not clearly defined in the text, or defined at all. Frequently they refer to relevant parts of the brain, but there is only rarely an accompanying diagram of the anatomy, so you have to flip back and forth to the appendix. The prose has a lot of jargon, and it often seems like the author does not get to the point -- or does not articulate it clearly -- until the end of the paragraph (the "Thus, ..." sentences) or the end of the section ("In summary,..."), at which point I have to go back and reread everything again with that particular umbrella point in mind. Maybe this makes me sound dumb, but I wish there were shorter sentences with fewer unnecessarily big words, clear opening sentences, etc. so I could focus my effort on learning and not on decoding the text and figuring out what it wants me to pay attention to. I do get the sense that this book was intended for someone other than me, a biology undergrad for example, so maybe herein lies the problem.

The summaries and overviews do help, but it would be nice to have some key points instead (bullet points corresponding to sections of the chapter, or a list of learning objectives?). Sometimes I felt like I wasn't sure what was important and what wasn't.

Also, I was really disappointed that I could not access any of the online quizzes without being associated with a class. The chapters should really include a set of questions at the end to help you absorb the material, or at least help you think about it a bit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James C. Dooley on June 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The software that comes with this book is actually useful, which veterans of college text books will find surprising. Also, the pictures and diagrams are very straightforward. The material is also covered at a good depth for undergraduates.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Cho on February 13, 2011
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I love neuroscience and this textbook has done a very good job at cementing my love for the field. It is well-written and easy to read. My professor uses it as a supplement to his Power Point slides, as it offers a plethora of background information and details. Very good purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Ekboir on August 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A good teaching book. Information is clear and up to date and very well presented. So, it is very didactical.
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