This is the fifth annual anthology of the Neurosciences Research Program Work Session reports which have appeared in the issues of Neurosciences Research Program Bulletin for 1970-1971. It continues the coverage of "hot" areas in the neurosciences begun in 1966 with the first volume of this series. The current volume includes core research topics from a wide range of the neurosciences (neurophysiology, cell biology, neurochemistry, and animal behavior) in five critical summaries of research. These Work Session reports evolved from five 2 1/2-day meetings of outstanding specialists held at M.I.T.'s NRP center. Each serves as a state-of-the-art report and indicator of research directions for neuroscientists of many disciplines. They provide, as well, a succinct and assimilable introduction for the newcomer. The reports, written by the Work Session chairman, have had the benefit of updating by the Work Session participants and the editorial contributions of NRP writers. The extensive bibliographies were selected by the experts themselves for relevance and quality.
Contents: 1. The Mode of Action of Psychotomimetic Drugs, John R. Smythies. 2. Structural and Functional Organization of the Neocortex, Kao Liang Chow and Arnold L. Leiman. 3. The Role of Cyclic AMP in the Nervous System, Theodore W. Rall and Alfred G. Gilman. 4. Macromolecules and Synaptic Function, Floyd E. Bloom, Leslie L. Iversen, and Francis O. Schmitt. Sensory Transduction, Lloyd M. Beidler and Werner E. Reichardt.