Behavioral Neurobiology: An integrative approach


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Behavioral Neurobiology: An integrative approach Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press
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Pages: 384 Illustrations and other contents: 200 line drawings, 50 photographs Language: English ISBN: 9780198738725 Categories: , , ,

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 ground-breaking 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. Behavioral Neurobiology has the following accompanying online resources: For students: * Multiple choice questions for you to test yourself * Useful weblinks * A biography of the author and interview about key questions in behavioral neurobiology For lecturers: * Answers to the questions provided at the end of each chapter * Figures from the book in a downloadable format * Journal Club material for each chapter

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A milestone in the neuroethological literature. * Joerg-Peter Ewert, Integrative and Comparative Biology * This book fills a need that is unmet by other modern neuroscience textbooks. By taking a historical perspective on neuroethological approaches to the nervous system, Zupanc brings foundational principles to life. * Dr Bruce Carlson, Washington University, St Louis * The chapters are detailed and comprehensive. The author is a very accomplished communicator and the text reads beatifully. * Dr David Wilcockson, Aberystwyth University *

Author Biography

Gunther K. H. Zupanc is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating in biology and physics from the University of Regensburg, Germany, he undertook his graduate studies in neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, where he received his Ph.D. in 1990. Subsequently, he then worked as a Research Biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, lead a Junior Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tubingen, Germany and was on the faculty of the University of Manchester, United Kingdom and of Jacobs University Bremen (formerly International University Bremen), Germany. Gunther K.H. Zupanc was also Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada; Visiting Scientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Scripps Research Institute, both in San Diego, the University of Chicago, Tufts University in Boston, and the Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology, Seewiesen; and adjunct faculty member of the University of Tubingen. He has taught lecture and laboratory courses in behavioral neurobiology at both undergraduate and graduate level to numerous students in the U.S.A. and Europe. In recognition of his research and his contributions to public understanding of science, he has received many awards. His research focuses on the exploration of cellular mechanisms underlying behavioral and neuronal plasticity in teleost fish. In addition to a large number of articles, his book publications include: Fish and Their Behavior (1982); Praktische Verhaltensbiologie (editor; 1988); Fische im Biologieunterricht (1990); Adult Neurogenesis: a Comparative Approach (editor; 2002); Electric Fish: Model Systems for Neurobiology (editor; 2006); Integrative and Comparative Neurobiology: Papers in Memoriam of Theodore H. Bullock (editor; 2008); Towards a Comparative Understanding of Adult Neurogenesis (editor, jointly with Luca Bonfanti and Ferdinando Rossi; 2011); and Adult Neural Stem Cells in Development, Regeneration, and Aging (editor, jointly with James Monaghan and David L. Stocum; 2019). Gunther K.H. Zupanc was senior editor of the Journal of Zoology. Since 2008, he has served as editor of the Journal of Comparative Physiology A.