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An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology


By: Randy J Nelson

846 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour illustrations, colour tables

Sinauer Associates

Hardback | Sep 2011 | Edition: 4 | #191599 | ISBN-13: 9780878936205
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Now in full color, this 4th edition of "An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology" retains all of the features of the prior editions, and provides an updated, integrated presentation of the study of hormone-behavior-brain interactions. Continuing to emphasize a comparative approach, the text explores the endocrine mechanisms that have evolved in both human and nonhuman animals to solve common problems in survival and reproduction.

The text describes interactions among hormones, brain, and behavior from a historical perspective, emphasizing connections among key theories and tracing the emergence of important hypotheses. The book is organized around the conceptual theme that hormones affect behavior by influencing one or more of three 'components' of behaving animals-input mechanisms (such as sensory or perceptual processes), the central processing mechanisms of the nervous system (either directly, or by affecting its development or structure), and output mechanisms (such as effectors or peripheral structures). Despite increased coverage of molecular and cellular approaches, the book strives for accessibility for non-biological science students.

"An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology", 4th edition is appropriate for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, biology, anthropology, or zoology. It contains several important pedagogical features, including (new to this edition) chapter summaries at the front of each chapter, as well as key points to be learned in each chapter. The text is richly illustrated with photographs and drawings. Key terms are identified and defined in the text, and chapter-end summaries restate important points. Discussion questions and suggested further readings are also included in each chapter. The text contains over 2,000 references to the literature in behavioral endocrinology. As with the 3rd edition, the book is accompanied by animations, video, sound files, and graphics--accessible via the new Companion Website--to aid in understanding the material in the text.


1. The Study of Behavioral Endocrinology
2. The Endocrine System
3. Sex Differences in Behavior: Sex Determination and Differentiation
4. Sex Differences in Behavior: Animal Models and Humans
5. Male Reproductive Behavior
6. Female Reproductive Behavior
7. Parental Behavior
8. Hormones and Social Behavior
9. Homeostasis and Behavior
10. Biological Rhythms
11. Stress
12. Learning and Memory
13. Hormones and Affective Disorders

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Randy J. Nelson holds the Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He is professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and a member of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He also holds joint appointments in the Department of Psychology and Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University. Dr. Nelson earned his A.B. degree in Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, and began his graduate career with work on canine behavioral sex differentiation under Dr. Frank Beach.

After receiving his M.A. in Psychology, he began focusing on circadian rhythms and photoperiodism with Dr. Irving Zucker. He simultaneously earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Endocrinology from the University of California at Berkeley, then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive physiology with Drs. Frank Bronson and Claude Desjardins at the Institute for Reproductive Biology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Nelson served on the faculty at The Johns Hopkins University for fifteen years before moving to Columbus. He has published over 300 research articles and several books describing studies in seasonality, behavioral endocrinology, biological rhythms, immune function, sex behavior, and aggressive behaviors. He is the recipient of the Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award.

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