Building brains - An introduction to neural development

David J. Price*, Andrew P. Jarman, John O. Mason, Peter C. Kind

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Abstract

Provides a highly visual, readily accessible introduction to the main events that occur during neural development and their mechanisms. Building Brains: An Introduction to Neural Development, 2nd Edition describes how brains construct themselves, from simple beginnings in the early embryo to become the most complex living structures on the planet. It explains how cells first become neural, how their proliferation is controlled, what regulates the types of neural cells they become, how neurons connect to each other, how these connections are later refined under the influence of neural activity, and why some neurons normally die. This student-friendly guide stresses and justifies the generally-held belief that a greater knowledge of how nervous systems construct themselves will help us find new ways of treating diseases of the nervous system that are thought to originate from faulty development, such as autism spectrum disorders, epilepsy, and schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages360
ISBN (Electronic)9781119293897
ISBN (Print)9781119293880
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2017

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