Pfaff, Donald W. / Kieffer, Brigitte (eds.) Molecular and Biophysical Mechanisms of Arousal, Alertness and Attention Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
1. Edition August 2008 119.- Euro 2008. 400 Pages, Softcover ISBN 978-1-57331-703-0 - John Wiley & Sons
Short description Brain mechanisms for arousal, alertness, and attention underlie all cognitive functions and all emotional expression. This volume discusses the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and functional genomics of these states, and the medical consequences of their damage in human patients.
From the contents Preface.
Part I: Elementary Central Nervous System Arousal.
1. Concepts and Mechanisms of Generalized Central Nervous System Arousal.
2. Modulation of Cortical Activation and Behavioral Arousal by Cholinergic and Orexinergic Systems.
3. Dopamine Signaling in the Dorsal Striatum is Essential for Motivated Behaviors.
4. Ablation of the Central Noradrenergic Neurons for Unraveling Their Roles in Stress and Anxiety.
5. Neural Substrates for Sexual Preference and Motivation in the Female and Male Rat.
6. Motivational Influences on the Degree and Direction of Sexual Attraction.
7. Fear Conditioning and LTP in the Amygdala.
8. Insights into the Pharmacological Potential of Estrogens and Phytoestrogens on Catecholamine Signaling.
9. Central Thalamic Contributions to Arousal Regulation and Neurological Disorders of Consciousness.
10. Intrinsic Brain Activity in Altered States of Consciousness.
11. Detecting Awareness in the Vegetative State.
Part II: The Emotion-Cognition Interface.
12. Neural Mechanisms Underlying Selective Attention to Threat.
13. Toward a Neurogenetic Theory of Neuroticism.
14. Gene Expression is Altered in the Lateral Hypothalamus upon Activation of the Mu Opioid Receptor.
15. Bipolar Disorder as Maladaptive Arousal.
Part III: Alertness and Attention.
16. Measuring Alertness.
17. Molecular Genetics of Attention.
18. Anatomical Basis for the Attentional Modulation of Hippocampal Neurons.