This book is based on an in-depth, filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Jennifer Groh, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. After an inspiring story about how she became interested in neuroscience, this extensive conversation examines Jennifer Groh’s extensive research on how the brain combines various streams of sensory input to determine where things are, together with the corresponding implications for a wide range of issues, from neuroplasticity to evolutionary mechanisms.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Framing Evolution, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
From Ticks to Brains - Becoming a neuroscientist
Historical Background - On the shoulders of giants
Frames of Reference - Integrating sensory systems
Mysterious Overlap - Fitting the pieces together
Smell - An overlooked sense?
Brain Maps - Making a picture
Ice Cream Cones and Multiplexing - Same neurons, different functions?
Navigating Rats - Place fields and memory
Neuroplasticity - Phantom limbs, cochlear implants and feedback
Evolutionary Mechanisms? - Repeat performance?
The Road Ahead - Testing neurons for contrast
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