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Diversity and Commonality in Animals

Brain Evolution by Design

From Neural Origin to Cognitive Architecture

Editors: Shigeno, Shuichi, Murakami, Yasunori, Nomura, Tadashi (Eds.)

  • -Examines the structure and function of diverse animal brains, with contributions from specialists
  • -Covers the origins and diversity of animal groups 
  • -Provides up-to-date, detailed information on this research field of brain evolution
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This book presents a new, detailed examination that explains how elegant brains have been shaped in evolution. It consists of 19 chapters written by academic professionals in neuroscience, opening with the origin of single-celled creatures and then introducing primordial types in invertebrates with the great abundance of the brains of vertebrates. Important topics are provided in a timely manner, because novel techniques emerged rapidly—as seen, for examples, in the next-generation sequencers and omics approaches. With the explosion of big data, neural-related genes and molecules is now on the radar. In fact, Europe’s big science and technology projects, a €1 billion plan called the Human Brain Project and the Blue Brain Project to understand mammalian brain networks, have been launched in recent years. Furthermore, with the rise of recently advanced artificial intelligence, there is great enthusiasm for understanding the evolution of neural networks. The views from brain evolution in nature provide an essential opportunity to generate ideas for novel neuron- and brain-inspired computation. The ambition behind this book is that it will stimulate young scientists who seek a deeper understanding in order to find the basic principles shaping brains that provided higher cognitive functions in the course of evolution.


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Physical Ethology of Unicellular Organisms

    Kuroda, Shigeru (et al.)

    Pages 3-23

  • Molecular Characteristics of Neuron-like Functions in Single-Cell Organisms

    Maegawa, Shingo

    Pages 25-44

  • Back Through Time: How Cnidarians and Basal Metazoans Shed Light on Ancient Nervous Systems

    Watanabe, Hiroshi

    Pages 45-75

  • Functional Specification of a Primitive Bilaterian Brain in Planarians

    Inoue, Takeshi

    Pages 79-100

  • The Computation and Robustness of the Mini-Cognitive Centers of Terrestrial Mollusks: An Exquisite Outcome of Brain Evolution

    Matsuo, Ryota

    Pages 101-122

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eBook $149.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-4-431-56469-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $199.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-4-431-56467-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Brain Evolution by Design
Book Subtitle
From Neural Origin to Cognitive Architecture
Editors
  • Shuichi Shigeno
  • Yasunori Murakami
  • Tadashi Nomura
Series Title
Diversity and Commonality in Animals
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan KK
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-56469-0
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-56469-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-56467-6
Series ISSN
2509-5536
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 438
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations, 83 illustrations in colour
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