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This book has a lot of breadth and includes the vast majority of the topics that are important for an Introduction to Neuroscience course. I do, however, wish that it included a section on evolution and more information about some psychological... read more
This book has a lot of breadth and includes the vast majority of the topics that are important for an Introduction to Neuroscience course. I do, however, wish that it included a section on evolution and more information about some psychological disorders.
All of the information seems correct to me. I did not notice any inaccuracies in the content.
The content in this book is fairly current. It includes relevant information for a variety of topics. However, neuroscience is a quickly changing field, and there are some sections that would be strengthened with updates (such as the Alzheimer's section). The organization of this book does seem to make it easy for content to be updated.
This book is well-written so that the content is accessible to undergraduate students.
Each section has a similar organization and flow to it, which helps with readability.
This text is incredibly modular. It is organized in such a way that it is very easy to assign short sections about specific topics for students to read. I found this to be incredibly helpful and useful for my course. The modularity of this book is one of its greatest strengths.
The textbook is generally organized well. However, there are some topics that I would group together or order differently. However, the text is also very modular, which allows the instructor to deliver material in their preferred order quite easily.
The interface and display are great.
I did not notice any grammatical errors.
I do not think this book is insensitive or offensive in anyway. However, I think there are some topics that could have a larger cultural focus. For example, the sections related to sex could include more information about gender identity and sexual orientation.
I think this is a great open-source Introduction to Neuroscience textbook. I recently used it for one of my courses and thought that it worked great. I really appreciate the modular organization of the textbook. There are a few topics that I think are not covered as much as they should be, but it is easy to supplement this textbook with other materials.
Considering the book is an introduction to neuroscience, it covers the main topics that a reader needs to know about the basics of neuroscience. Each topic is explained in an appropriate depth that provides the learner with fundamental information... read more
Considering the book is an introduction to neuroscience, it covers the main topics that a reader needs to know about the basics of neuroscience. Each topic is explained in an appropriate depth that provides the learner with fundamental information without going into a lot of details that would distance the book from being an introductory book.
In additions, links are provided for further referencing.
The presented content holds a good level of accuracy.
The content covers the fundamentals of neuroscience in a way that regardless of its age, it presents valuable content. The flow of content allows for more up-to-date information to be added while maintaining the flow of the content.
It is easy to read through the text and follow along the flow of the content. The simple language allows for a learner with no previous knowledge to be able to read the book without problems. At the same time while easy to read, technical terms are introduced in an effective manner that guides the reader along.
I did not observe any inconsistencies.
The author has done a great job of breaking the content into multiple sections and several smaller subsections to provide an organized outline for the reader to step through.
As mentioned in the modularity section, the content is presented in an organized structure.
The interface is easy to use and it is straightforward to navigate through various sections.
No grammar errors were found.
No insensitivities were observed.
The book is a great resource for introducing the concepts of neuroscience and it serves as an effective first step in the path of learning about neuroscience. Content is presented in a logical and easy to follow manner.
Table of Contents
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I. Introduction to Neuroscience
II. Cells of the Nervous System Structure & Function
III. Neuronal Communication
IV. Nervous System Organization
V. Sensory Systems
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About the Book
Introduction to Neuroscience is designed for undergraduate students enrolled in introductory neuroscience courses. This book specifically targets students enrolled in Introduction to Neuroscience 1 and Introduction to Neuroscience 2 at Michigan State University and primarily contains topics covered in those courses.
This first edition will guide students through the structure and function of nervous system cells and nervous system structures, signaling within the nervous system, and introduce various sensory systems. A future edition that will be completed in spring 2023 will include the somatosensory system, motor systems, motivation and reward, stress, sex and the brain, emotions, nervous system disorders, learning, and memory.
This text has been remixed and revised from two different open educational resources aimed at undergraduate neuroscience students:
Foundations of Neuroscience by Casey Henley, Michigan State University
The Open Neuroscience Initiative by Austin Lim, DePaul University
In addition, new original content has been added to supplement what was provided in the above texts. The text includes many images and animations throughout and will be divided into shorter chapters that focus on a single topic. As this text is meant for undergraduate students, the writing is aimed at students that have not taken a neuroscience course before. Neuroscience terminology will be defined throughout the text through the use of the embedded Glossary terms to help with ease of reading. Additionally, important terms are bolded. Each chapter will end with an interactive quiz for student self-evaluation of the content.
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About the Contributors
Valerie Hedges, Michigan State University