Behavioral Neurobiology — Thomas J. In writing the book, Dr. However, the material is treated in sufficient depth to make the book useful for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in behavioural neurobiology and neuroethology. Feb 03, Reenie rated it really liked it Shelves: Ptheo added it Oct 24, Jad rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Charlotte rated it really liked it Jan 02, Ashley rated it liked it Aug 26, Nilupaer Abudukeyoumu marked it as to-read Feb 23, And I mean that generally, rather than specifically, because I have a terrible habit of finding most textbooks enjoyable.

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He has produced a book that students find fascinating and clearly written. This book is not intended as a comprehensive survey of behavioral neurobiology, but it does stimulate student interest and understanding.

Behaviors are clearly explained which motivates students to explore the mechanisms that underlie the behavior. Zupanc has made an effort to use animal specialists to demonstrate important principles and to call attention to some unusual examples of behavior. For example, he uses phobotoxic and galvanotoxic orientation of Paramecium a single-celled organism to introduce orienting behaviors. In our class, this led to a discussion of the importance of membrane potentials and quite naturally to the evolution of nerve cells.

This approach reminds us of the curiosities of nature and is a welcome change from the often human-centered medical approach to neurobiology. Zupanc has deliberately chosen to introduce basic concepts in an integrated fashion using wonderful natural systems from neuroethology, spanning a large range of taxa.

For example, examination of the jamming avoidance of weakly electric fish provides information about behavior, tuning of receptors, neural circuitry, processing of phase and amplitude, motor control, and seasonal modulation all in one compelling story. In another chapter, he uses owl sound localization to describe anatomical pathways, coincidence detection, neural processing and coding of information. Zupanc first describes the behavioral studies and then leads students through the detailed steps involved in computing sound location.

Zupanc provides more information on history and has included topics such as large-scale behaviors using the examples of migration and homing to give his book a slightly different focus. Zupanc pays homage to many of the great figures in neuroethology and shows how their contributions are important.

The students appreciated the ingenuity of these famous experiments and the equipment invented, such as the Kramer locomotion compensator, a directional treadmill for crickets. The first three chapters are introductory, giving information on neuroethology, history of the study of animal behavior, and basic concepts in neurobiology and in ethology. Each of the remaining chapters reads like a slightly simplified review paper with an emphasis on describing and correctly citing the original research.

Topics include orientation Paramecium, vertebrates , sensory guidance echolocating bats , motor control tadpole swimming , neuronal processing toad vision, owl sound localization , sensorimotor integration weakly electric fish , neuromodulation fish, mice, lobsters , migration and homing birds, salmon ,turtles , communication crickets and learning and memory Aplysia, mice.

Most of the chapters are self-contained and could be taught out of order, allowing instructors greater flexibility. I found that the portion of Chapter 3 that describes the basics of action potentials and neural signals was a little skimpy on detail and I needed to supplement the material.

However, neurophysiology is clearly not intended as the main focus of the book and many resources on this topic are readily available.

Neuromodulation Chapter 8 is a topic that is often overlooked in textbooks and I believe this is a worthwhile addition. Many introductory books briefly mention neuromodulation in a section on hormones or peptide action; most advanced books on behavioral endocrinology provide enormous detail. Zupanc captures the middle ground with examples of dendritic plasticity in the electric fish and biochemical switching in the lobster stomatogastric ganglion.

My students found this to be such an interesting topic that I wished the chapter was a little longer. The figures are black and white and most are taken from original articles. While some may bemoan the lack of glitz in the illustrations, I rather liked the simplicity. The resources for students at this website include links to other neuroscience sites and information on historical figures.

If you are looking for a different way to introduce neuroscience, this book about the mechanisms of animal behavior across many taxa will be a useful addition to your bookshelf.



Zolobei To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Account Options Sign in. KF rated it really liked it Mar 20, Ricardo marked it as to-read Mar 13, And I mean that generally, rather than specifically, because I have a terrible habit of finding most textbooks enjoyable. Gary Howard marked it as to-read Feb 19, We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. However, the material is treated in sufficient depth to make the book useful for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in behavioural neurobiology or neuroethology as well.


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