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Behavioral Neurobiology

An integrative approach

By (author) Gunther Zupanc
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 6th May 2010
Dimensions: w 189mm h 246mm d 19mm
Weight: 872g
ISBN-10: 0199208301
ISBN-13: 9780199208302
Barcode No: 9780199208302
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. * 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 neurobiology Online Resource Centre The Online Resource Centre to accompany Behavioral Neurobiology features: For students: * 'In the News' periodic updates of relevant news items * Hyperlinked bibliography * Useful weblinks For lecturers: * Model answers to end of chapter questions * Figures from the book, ready to download

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Zupanc's integrative approach towards the neural basis of behavior is not only engagingly written and thus suitably fascinating to an interdisciplinary readership, but also represents a well-structured text particularly appropriate for teaching courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. In the context of learning-tools, many novel features supplementing each chapter are appealing, such as sectional outlines, marginal notes highlighting important points, key
concepts tackled in text boxes, summaries, a list of questions, and key references. Biographical inserts of leading scientists contribute to the liveliness of the treatment of the corresponding scientific case studies. * Prof. em. Dr. Joerg-Peter Ewert, Integrative and Comparative Biology *