Neurophysiology, 5th Edition
Roger Carpenter and Benjamin Reddi
Introduction to online resources by the author
Play is a serious matter. It is the way in which the developing brain learns the correlations that define our conceptual models of how the world functions. And what is science if not the construction of such models? One of the sadder aspects of how the teaching of science in schools has declined is the near-elimination of play, partly because of lack of time, and to a large extent through over-zealous application of Health and Safety. Fortunately we still have the playgrounds provided by the great science museums: the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the pioneering Exploratory in Bristol, the Dutch Continium, the Science Museum in London. Their interactive exhibits enable the visitor to probe the world in focused and challenging ways, the pleasure that this affords the receptive mind demonstrated by the excited hubbub they provoke – and not just from children.
NeuroLab is a series of ‘exhibits’ of this kind. They enable the reader to try out some of the concepts presented in this book in an interactive way, supplementing the relatively superficial learning that comes through reading with the more profound knowledge that comes through doing.
In addition to NeuroLab itself, we provide some other resources that we hope you will find useful. Neuroanatomy is neurophysiology’s ugly sister: but if you’re a medic you have to get to know her. However well you understand what the various bits of the brain do, you are expected also to be able to recognise them in sections of the brain made in different directions and using different techniques. By far the most efficient way to learn this sort of material is self-testing. Here, NeuroSlice presents you with classic stained sections of the brain, and tests your knowledge of which is which, either by asking you to name a highlighted structure, or by clicking on a named area. NeuroScan does exactly the same thing for the kinds of images you will come across more often in clinical practice. Also for medics, there is NeuroVid, a comprehensive set of videos demonstrating how to carry out the different components of a standard clinical neurological examination. NeuroSound is a set of demonstrations of auditory phenomena intended to be used in conjunction with Chapter 6 of the book. Finally there are sets of interactive MCQs in NeuroQuestions.