An Anthology of Work Session Reports from the Neurosciences Research Program Bulletin
This third anthology of recent interdisciplinary surveys, generated collectively by experts, again provides both the student and professional neuroscientist with critical distillations and reviews of core topics in the study of the brain and behavior. The subjects are drawn from a broad intellectual domain, for the nervous system operates hierarchically, and man's eventual understanding of it will have to integrate studies at several levels – behavioral, brain-as-organ, circuit, cellular, subcellular, molecular, and even submolecular.
This volume contains five full-scale Work Session reports as well as a synopsis of molecular neurobiology. The first section, “Biology of Drives,” presents the work of a field that until fairly recently was considered a branch of theoretical psychology. However, Valenstein's report roots the subject in neurophysiology and included the work of investigators in the field of ethology and neurochemistry as well. Ebert's essay, “Gene Expression,” covers a field in which the findings are still to be applied specifically to the nerve cell. “Axoplasmic Transport,” written by Barondes, surveys today's investigations into a phenomenon first observed years ago by Paul A. Weiss (who contributes an essay in that chapter) – the flow of substances down the axons of neutrons. Schmitt and Samson, in “Neuronal Fibrous Proteins,” bring together current microstructural and neurochemical studies concerned with the fibrous organelles of the nerve cell, the microtubule and the neurofilaments, probably the basis of the much-studied classical neurofibrils. In the fifth section, Perkel and Bullock review the entire area of “Neural Coding” and, based on the contributions of their Work Session, systematically survey actual and possible nervous system codes. The final section, “Frontiers of Molecular Neurobiology,” by Schmitt, Bullock, Lehninger, and Whittaker provides a comprehensive, yet succinct survey of trends and research opportunities in the relatively young field of molecular neurobiology.
1. Biology of Drives, Elliot S. Valenstein • 2. Gene Expression, James D. Ebert • 3. Axoplasmic Transport, Samuel H. Barondes • 4. Neuronal Fibrous Proteins, Francis O. Schmitt and Frederick E. Samson, Jr. • 5. Neural Coding, Donald H. Perkel and Theodore H. Bullock • 6. Symposium on Frontiers in Molecular Neurobiology, Francis O. Schmitt, Theodore H. Bullock, Albert L. Lehninger, and Victor P. Whittaker