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Behavioral Neurobiology: An Integrative Approach

By: Gunther K Zupanc

371 pages, 175 b/w illus

Oxford University Press

Paperback | May 2010 | Edition: 2 | #185492 | ISBN-13: 9780199208302
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Animals often exhibit intriguing and captivating patterns of behavior, from migration and homing, to communication. But how is this behavior controlled? Behavioral Neurobiology introduces undergraduate students and other readers to the fascinating field of neuroethology - the study of the neurobiological processes underlying animal behavior. Written in a lively, easy to read style, it examines the key concepts and ideas which underpin this intricate and elegant subject, and describes many of the groundbreaking discoveries that have helped us to unravel the mechanisms behind the behaviors we can observe.

Beginning with a look at the history of the study of behavior, from Aristotle to recent breakthroughs and predictions for the future, the book then reviews the ethological and neurobiological concepts that constitute the essential tools of behavioral neurobiology, before moving on to the field of neuroethology itself. In each chapter, the text not only describes the major findings in each area, but also the methods used to obtain these results.

If you are looking for a different way to introduce neuroscience, this book about the mechanisms of animal behavior across many taxa will be a useful addition to your bookshelf. Zupancs book can be used alone or as a supplement just to provide the fun examples of how the nervous system regulates behavior. Janine M. Wotton, The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 4(1) In this text, Zupanc has followed the creating a platform from which students can be introduced to the fascinating field of neuroethology. The text is well organized...and is well written; the enthusiasm Zupanc has for the subject is readily apparent and helps to keep the reader's attention...This book successfully fills the demand for a current neuroethology combination with the material on the supplemental web site, will prove invaluable to instructors teaching this emerging field. Shaun D. Cain The Journal of Experimental Biology


1: Introduction
2: Fundamentals of Neurobiology
3: Fundamentals of Ethology
4: Behavioral Neurobiology: A brief history
5: Spatial Orientation and Sensory Guidance
6: Neuronal Control of Motor Output
7: Neuronal Processing of Sensory Information
8: Sensorimotor Integration: The Jamming Avoidance Response of the Weakly Electric Fish
9: Neuromodulation: The Accommodation of Motivational Changes in Behavior
10: Biological Timing and Circadian Clocks
11: Large-Scale Navigation: Migration and Homing
12: Communication
13: Cellular Mechanisms of Learning and Memory

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