419 pages, 208 illus
Behavioral Neurobiology provides a novel treatment of the neural basis of behavior. The pedagogical premise of the book is that general insights into the neuronal organization of behavior can be gained by examining neural solutions that have evolved in animals to solve problems encountered in their particular environmental niches. The author presents in-depth "case studies" of individual animals from which themes clearly emerge, taking on additional meaning by being considered in a real-world behavioral context.
PART I. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CELLULAR ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR; Neurons as the Building Blocks of Behavior; PART II. SENSORY WORLDS; Echolocation in Bats; Prey Location in Barn Owls; Feature Analysis in Toads; PART III. MOTOR STRATEGIES; Mate Calling in Crickets; Flight in Locusts; Escape Behavior in the Crayfish; PART IV. BEHAVIORAL PLASTICITY; The Development of Learning in Songbirds; Associative Learning in Honeybees; Learning and Memory in Simple Reflex Systems in Aplysia; Molecular Genetics of Learning and Memory in Drosophila; Spatial Navigation in Rats
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Thomas J. Carew is Bren Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Carew has been awarded endowed chairs at both Yale University and the University of California. Dr. Carew's research interests focus on the cellular and molecular basis of learning and memory, the neuronal basis of behavior, and mechanisms of information processing in the nervous system.