Conditions of Use
The book is comprehensive with regard to neuronal structure, function, communication, nervous system organization, as well as sensory and motor systems. However, the text does not address neurological disorders, mental illness and treatments. read more
The book is comprehensive with regard to neuronal structure, function, communication, nervous system organization, as well as sensory and motor systems. However, the text does not address neurological disorders, mental illness and treatments.
From the chapters I reviewed, the content appears to be accurate, error-free and unbiased. Given the nature of the content, which is scientific and fact-based, this book is less likely to be biased (than perhaps more subjective topics).
The well studied and scientific nature of the content is likely to be relevant now and in the future. However, there are new discoveries relating to the brain and neuronal communication, particularly with regard to the treatment of addiction, neurological disorders and mental illness. I would like to see this content included and updated (when necessary). It looks as though additional content can be implemented in a relatively easy and straightforward manner.
The clarity of this text is impressive. Moreover, the author still provides adequate and understandable content-despite the neuroscience terminology.
I found the text to be internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.
The text seems to be easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections. And in fact, topics are arranged in manageable or small paragraphs, which makes this difficult content easier to understand and process for an undergraduate student.
I thought the topics were presented in a logical, clear fashion. However, there should be more information listed in the social behavior and stress sections, along with content involving relevant disorders and treatment.
The interface was free of significant issues. Many video elements were removed, but author provided a link where content can be viewed by reader. Some images were simplistic, though still informative. Also, the reader can click on a given chapter in the table of contents to immediately access that information, versus scrolling through previous chapters until the desired content is found.
In this book review, I did not detect grammatical errors.
This text is scientific-based, and therefore culturally "neutral". The examples used in content do not focus on race or ethnicity.
I found the overview and key takeaways to be helpful, in summarizing the content for learning and study purposes.
Table of Contents
- I. Neuron Structure & Function
- II. Neuronal Communication
- III. Nervous System Organization
- IV. Sensory Systems
- V. Motor System
- VI. Behavior
About the Book
Foundations of Neuroscience is aimed at undergraduate students new to the field of neuroscience. The first edition specifically targets students enrolled in Neurobiology at Michigan State University and primarily contains topics covered in that course.
About the Contributors
Casey Henley, Michigan State University