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Molecular and Biophysical Mechanisms of Arousal, Alertness, and Attention

Edited by Edited by Donald W. Pfaff (The Rockefeller University, New York, NY) and Brigitte L. Kieffer (CNRS/INSERM/ULP, France)
Molecular  and Biophysical Mechanisms of Arousal, Alertness, and Attention

Published: May 2008

Volume 1129

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Brain mechanisms for arousal, alertness, and attention underlie all cognitive functions and all emotional expression. This volume discusses the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and functional genomics of these states, and the medical consequences of their damage in human patients with problems such as vegetative states, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, age-related dementias, mood disorders and sleep disorders. Also discussed are problems related to vigilance, environmental toxins, fatigue states, circadian rhythms, and sleep/wake physiology, and presents and discusses relevant research techniques, with an emphasis on molecular genetics and on human and animal behavior.