Insula: Neuroanatomy, Functions and Clinical Disorders


Lucina Q. Uddin, PhD (Editor)
Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Series: Neuroscience Research Progress
BISAC: MED057000

Recent work in cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, psychiatry and neurology has implicated the insular cortex in a variety of functions, ranging from low-level perceptual and basic sensory processes to high-level cognitive processes including attention and cognitive control. Given the multitude of functions supported by this diverse brain region, it is imperative for clinicians and scientists to have a resource summarizing the current literature.

This volume includes a collection of chapters from leaders in the field. A detailed neuroanatomy of the human insular cortex is described, including what is known about its connectivity profile and pattern of interactions with other brain regions. The functional profile of the insula is reviewed, with a particular emphasis on information that is critical for clinicians to keep in mind. Scientists at all levels, from graduate students with a growing interest in the enigmatic insular cortex, to research scientists who have been actively studying this region for their entire careers, will find this volume to be a useful and concise resource. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part 1: Neuroanatomy

Chapter 1: Gross, Functional and Neurosurgical Anatomy of the Human Insula: From Basic Science to Clinical Practice
(Ioannis N. Mavridis, Naval Hospital of Athens, Greece)

Chapter 2: The Connectivity of the Human Insular Cortex: A Review
(Jimmy Ghaziri, Alan Tucholka and Dang Khoa Nguyen, Universiteì de Montreìal, Canada and others)

Part 2: Functions

Chapter 3: Anatomical and Functional Lateralization of the Insular Cortex
(Franco Cauda, Giuliano Geminiani and Alessandro Vercelli, CCS fMRI, Koelliker Hospital and Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Turin, Italy and others)

Chapter 4: Functions of the Insula in Olfactory and Trigeminal Perception: A Review of the Studies in Cerebral Imagery
(Pierre Edouard Billot and Jean-Louis Millot, Université de Franche-Comté, France)

Part 3: Clinical Disorders

Chapter 5: Insular Cortex Epilepsy: Clinical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Aspects
(Werner Surbeck, Steve A. Gibbs, Sara Jamali, Alan Tucholka, Alain Bouthillier and Dang Khoa Nguyen, Department of Neurosurgery, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Switzerland and others)

Chapter 6: Neuropsychological Deficits Following Damage to the Insular Cortex: A Clinical Review
(Olivier Boucher, Isabelle Rouleau, Maryse Lassonde, Franco Lepore and Dang K. Nguyen, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada and others)


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