Provides a hypothesis of how this large assembly of neurons develops, reviews up-to-date axonal connections and local synaptic circuits, and gives a synthesis of its complex functions that range from perception and motor control to abstract thinking.
Cerebral cortex is the crowning achievement of brain evolution. It is considered to be the site of maintenance and human creativity and is involved in major neurological and psychiatric disorders. This book provides a hypothesis of how this large assembly of neurons develops, reviews up-to-date axonal connections and local synaptic circuits, and gives a synthesis of its complex functions that range from perception and motor control to abstract thinking. The participants of this Dahlem workshop, who vary in their scientific expertise, convey the vigor of this exciting neurobiological field and suggest proposals for further research.
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Determinants of Neocortical ParcellationRadial Unit Model; Variations in Visual Cortex Organization in Primates; Cortical Representational Plasticity; Principles of Cortical Network Organization; Development of Cortical Sensory Maps; Principles of Cortical Self-Organization; What are the Local Circuits?; Functional Properties of Neocortical Neurons; Changing Concepts of Cortical Connectivity: Parallel Distributed Cortical Networks; Functional Connections of the Visual Cortex Studies by Cross-Correlation Techniques; Neuronal and Synaptic Organization in the Cortex; Anatomical Guides to the Functional Organization of the Visual Cortex; Dynamic Neuronal Operations within the Somatic Sensory Cortex; Motor and Visual-Motor Functions of the Premotor Cortex; Visual and Visual-Motor Functions of the Posterior Parietal Cortex; Single Neuron Activity in the Monkey's Prefrontal Cortex; What Does Single Unit Analysis in the Auditory Cortex Tell Us about Information Processing in the Auditory System?; General Principles of Cortical Operation; Arm Trajectory Planning and Execution: The Problem of Coordinate Transformation; Interhemispheric Integration; What Is the Role of General Activating Systems in Cortical Function?; The Integrative Function of the Neocortex.