The Brainstem and Behavior

Robert Lalonde, Ph.D. (Editor)
University of Rouen, Dept. Psychology, Université de Rouen, ICONES EA, France

Series: Neuroscience Research Progress
BISAC: MED056000



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The monograph entitled The Brainstem and Behavior, edited by Robert Lalonde, reports on physiological functions undertaken by different parts of the brainstem. Pfaff, Bubnys, and Tabansky describe the role of the reticular formation on arousal, with information completed by Lemaire from a more clinical viewpoint. Berezovskii enumerates general control mechanisms underlying locomotion, while Lalonde focuses on coordinated movements and balance. Gonzalez handles brain regions affecting the specific movements of reaching and grasping, Coubard those affecting eye movements, and Strazielle those affecting orofacial movements.

The influence of the brainstem on emotions is described in chapters headed by Serby, Derish, and Roane regarding visual, auditory, and somatosensory hallucinations, and in Almeida’s chapter regarding aggression. In the final part of the book, the influence of the brainstem on cognition is described in chapters headed by Williams regarding memory and Lalonde regarding executive functions. Thus, recent and basic information concerning the role of brainstem regions responsible for arousal, movements, emotions, and cognition is described from both clinical and experimental perspectives.


Chapter 1. The Brainstem Reticular Formation and CNS Arousal (pp. 1-20)
D Pfaff, A Bubnys and I Tabansky

Chapter 2. The Brainstem and Cerebral Activation (pp. 21-40)
Jean-Jacques Lemaire, Anna Sontheimer, Guillaume Coll, Catherine Sarret, Hachemi Nezzar, Sarah Rosenberg, Bénédicte Pontier, Jérôme Coste, Fabien Feschet, Adrien Wohrer, Emmanuel De Schlichting, Laurent Sakka and Vincent Lubrano

Chapter 3. Supraspinal Control of Locomotion (pp.41-84)
Vladimir K. Berezovskii

Chapter 4. The Brainstem and Motor Coordination (pp. 85-104)
Robert Lalonde

Chapter 5. The Brainstem and Reaching-and-Grasping (pp. 105-118)
Claudia L. R. Gonzalez and Jason W. Flindal

Chapter 6. The Brainstem and Eye Movements: A Focus on Motor and Premotor Commands (pp. 119-158)
Olivier A. Coubard

Chapter 7. The Brainstem and Oral Functions: The Trigeminal System in Head Posture (pp. 159-204)
Catherine Strazielle and Magali Hernandez

Chapter 8. The Brainstem and Hallucinations (pp. 205-222)
Michael Serby, Nicole Derish and David Roane

Chapter 9. The Brainstem and Aggression (pp. 223-254)
Rodrigo Narvaes and Rosa Maria Martins de Almeida

Chapter 10. The Brainstem, Arousal, and Memory (pp. 255-290)
Stanley O. King II and Cedric L. Williams

Chapter 11. The Brainstem and Executive Functions (pp. 291-336)
Robert Lalonde

Index (pp. 337)

Audience: University professors and MSc, PhD, or post-doctoral students in psychology, biology, genetics, and neuroscience programs.

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