Dendrites

Greg Stuart (Editor), Nelson Spruston (Editor), Michael Häusser (Editor)

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Abstract

Dendrites form the major receiving part of neurons. It is within these highly complex, branching structures that the real work of the nervous system takes place. The dendrites of neurons receive thousands of synaptic inputs from other neurons. However, dendrites do more than simply collect and funnel these signals to the soma and axon; they shape and integrate the inputs in complex ways. Despite being discovered over a century ago, dendrites received little research attention until the early 1950s. Over the past few years there has been a dramatic explosion of interest in the function of these beautiful structures. Recent new research has developed our understanding of the properties of dendrites, and their role in neuronal function. The first edition of this book was a landmark in the literature, stimulating and guiding further research. The new edition substantially updates the earlier volume, and includes five new chapters. It gathers new information on dendrites into a single volume, with contributions written by leading researchers in the field. The book presents a survey of the current state of our knowledge of dendrites, from their morphology and development through to their electrical, chemical, and computational properties.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York United States
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
Number of pages576
Edition2nd
ISBN (Electronic)9780191724206
ISBN (Print)9780198566564
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Axon
  • Chemical properties
  • Computational properties
  • Dendrites
  • Morphology
  • Nervous system
  • Neuronal function
  • Neurons
  • Soma
  • Synaptic inputs

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