Neuronal Plasticity

General Books on Neuronal Plasticity

by George Siegel, R. Wayne Albers, Scott Brady and Donald Price
by Gerd Kempermann
by Lynne Cassimeris, George Plopper and Vishwanath R. Lingappa
by Jocelyn E. Krebs, Elliott S. Goldstein and Stephen T. Kilpatrick
by Geoffrey M. Cooper and Robert E. Hausman

The purpose of this section is to explore the inner workings of the neuronal cell to see if there are signs of mind. This subject tends to be very technical and deals with the intricate molecular biology deep inside of the cell. The general subject of brain neuroplasticity is covered in Resources Section 1, Human Brain where many excellent books are listed. Since the details of molecular machinery are so tiny, details are just now being discovered.  Most of the discovery is found in recent journal articles.

For those interested in the basic science of neurochemistry there is no better book than Basic Neurochemistry, Seventh Edition: Molecular, Cellular and Medical Aspects by George Siegel, R. Wayne Albers, Scott Brady and Donald Price.  It is the best summary of the chemistry of the neurons in the brain. It is now a little old, and many of the details are updated on a daily basis in journals, but it is still extremely valuable either to read or as a reference. The new edition has just arrived and it is much bigger, and more complex, reflecting the tremendous advances that have been made in four years.

There are a wide variety of technical books on the parts of the cell, such as the nucleus, the mitochondrion, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), as well as books on neuronal guidance during migration and other important activities of the neuron.  These books describe a fascinating subject but can be somewhat inaccessible to those who have not trained in the language of molecular biology and genetics. The following are a short list of excellent books: Neuronal Guidance: The Biology of Brain Wiring (Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology) by Alex L. Kolodkin and Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Adult Neurogenesis 2 by Gerd Kempermann, Biology of Sensory Systems by C. U. M. Smith, and Mitochondria (Scheffler, Mitochondria) by Immo E. Scheffler.

Textbooks on cellular molecular biology, and genetic molecular biology elaborate the emerging complexity of the cell’s function. Good places to start include The Cell: A Molecular Approach, Fifth Edition by Geoffrey M. Cooper and Robert E. Hausman, Lewin’s CELLS, Second Edition by Lynne Cassimeris, George Plopper and Vishwanath R. Lingappa,  and Lewin’s Genes X by Jocelyn E. Krebs, Elliott S. Goldstein and Stephen T. Kilpatrick.