[Comp-neuro] Handbook of Neural Activity Measurement

Romain Brette romain.brette at ens.fr
Thu Jan 3 17:24:47 CET 2013

Dear all,

It is my pleasure to announce the publication of the "Handbook of Neural 
Activity Measurement", edited by Romain Brette and Alain Destexhe, and 
published by Cambridge University Press. The book covers the 
mathematical and physical principles underlying neural measurement 
techniques, from intracellular recording to fMRI. It is available at the 
following url:

Summary of the book:
"Neuroscientists employ many different techniques to observe the 
activity of the brain, from single-channel recording to functional 
imaging (fMRI). Many practical books explain how to use these 
techniques, but in order to extract meaningful information from the 
results it is necessary to understand the physical and mathematical 
principles underlying each measurement. This book covers an exhaustive 
range of techniques, with each chapter focusing on one in particular. 
Each author, a leading expert, explains exactly which quantity is being 
measured, the underlying principles at work, and most importantly the 
precise relationship between the signals measured and neural activity. 
The book is an important reference for neuroscientists who use these 
techniques in their own experimental protocols and need to interpret 
their results precisely; for computational neuroscientists who use such 
experimental results in their models; and for scientists who want to 
develop new measurement techniques or enhance existing ones."

Table of contents:
1. Introduction. Romain Brette and Alain Destexhe
2. Electrodes. Thomas Stieglitz
3. Intracellular recording. Romain Brette and Alain Destexhe
4. Extracellular spikes and CSD. Klas H. Pettersen, Henrik Lindén, 
Anders M. Dale and Gaute T. Einevoll
5. Local field potentials. Claude Bédard and Alain Destexhe
6. EEG and MEG – forward modelling. J. C. de Munck, C. H. Wolters and M. 
7. EEG and MEG – source estimation. Seppo P. Ahlfors and Matti S. Hämäläinen
8. Intrinsic signal optical imaging. Ron D. Frostig and Cynthia H. Chen-Bee
9. Voltage-sensitive dye imaging. S. Chemla and F. Chavane
10. Calcium imaging. Fritjof Helmchen
11. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Andreas Bartels, Jozien 
Goense and Nikos Logothetis
12. Perspectives. Romain Brette and Alain Destexhe.

Best regards and happy new year,
Romain Brette

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