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SKU# 9780826112590

Aging and The Nervous System

Author: James Willott PhD


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Neurogerontology tells the story of how the aging brain affects all aspects of cognition and physical performance. It comprehensively links the principles and substance of neuroscience with gerontology and psychology. Written largely from a behavioral neuroscience perspective, Neurogerontology explores the functional relationships between the central nervous system and psychological phenomena of aging, including perception, arousal, learning, cognition, and motor behavior. Willot emphasizes healthy aging, but dementia and other pathological conditions are discussed when relevant.

This evidence-based approach to the neuroscience of aging makes this a valuable reference for professionals, as well as an informative textbook for students in gerontology courses.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 25, 1999
  • Page Count 384
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826112590
  • EISBN 9780826117175

Table of Contents 

  1. Introduction
  2. The research methods of neurogerontology
  3. Some basics of neuroanatomy and neurobiology and their neurogerontological implications
  4. Principles of neural communication and their neurogerontological implications
  5. Information processing by the nervous system
  6. Regulation of vital functions
  7. Obtaining information with the sensory systems
  8. The storage of information: learning and memory
  9. Movement and the production of behavior
  10. Modulation of the nervous systems: emotion, arousal, and circadian rhythms
  11. Cognitive integration and disintegration (dementia)
  12. Sex and reproduction
  13. Modification of age-related changes in the brain, behavior, and cognition