Behavioral Neurobiology: An integrative approach

Paperback | June 6, 2010

byGunther K. H. Zupanc

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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 theneurobiological 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 thebehaviors 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 ofneuroethology itself. In each chapter, the text not only describes the major findings in each area, but also the methods used to obtain these results.* A wide range of examples and detailed case studies illustrate key ideas and concepts* The subject is brought to life with the inclusion of boxes throughout the text containing biographical sketches of eminent past and present researchers* Assumes no background knowledge of animal behavior or neurobiologyOnline Resource CentreThe Online Resource Centre to accompany Behavioral Neurobiology features:For students:* 'In the News' periodic updates of relevant news items* Hyperlinked bibliography* Useful weblinksFor lecturers:* Model exams and answers* Figures from the book, ready to download

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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 theneurobiological processes underlying animal beha...

Over the last 25 years, Gunther Zupanc has acquired intensive research and teaching experience in the following four academic systems: the American system through his graduate study and postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego (1987-1992), and numerous research visits; the Canadian system through many research ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:June 6, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199208301

ISBN - 13:9780199208302

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Fundamentals of Neurobiology3. Fundamentals of Ethology4. Behavioral Neurobiology: A brief history5. Spatial Orientation and Sensory Guidance6. Neuronal Control of Motor Output7. Neuronal Processing of Sensory Information8. Sensorimotor Integration: The Jamming Avoidance Response of the Weakly Electric Fish9. Neuromodulation: The Accommodation of Motivational Changes in Behavior10. Biological Timing and Circadian Clocks11. Large-Scale Navigation: Migration and Homing12. Communication13. Cellular Mechanisms of Learning and Memory

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"The style is very easy to read and one is tempted to read the whole chapter because of the fascinating style of writing. Undergraduate students are guided nicely to a basic understanding of these phenomena." --Gerhard von der Emde, Universitat Bonn, Institut fur Zoologie (about Chapter 10 of the Second Edition)