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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? This new textbook 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, and assuming no background knowledge of animal behavior or neurobiology, this book introduces the key concepts and ideas which underpin the subject, and describes many of the key findings that have helped us to understand this intricate and elegant subject.
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 describes the approaches used to obtain these results. Many chapters contain a detailed case study describing the research performed.
A key feature of the text is the number of excellent learning aids included. Each chapter ends with a summary of key points, exercises and suggestions for further reading. Boxes are used both to provide relevant physical and chemical background information and to add additional historical interest by describing the life and work of eminent neuroethologists.
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Over the last 20 years, Günther 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 visits and a Visiting Professorship at the University of Ottawa (1994-1997); the German system though his studies in biology and physics at the University of Regensburg (1979-1987), as well as his work as a Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen (1992-present); and the British system, as a Senior Lecturer in Zoology at the University of Manchester from 1997 to 2002.
Günther Zupanc became Professor of Neurobiology at the International University Bremen in 2002.
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. Zupancs book can be used alone or as a supplement just to provide the fun examples of how the nervous system regulates behavior. Janine M. Wotton, The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 4(1) In this text, Zupanc has followed the lead...in creating a platform from which students can be introduced to the fascinating field of neuroethology. The text is well organized...and is well written; the enthusiasm Zupanc has for the subject is readily apparent and helps to keep the reader's attention...This book successfully fills the demand for a current neuroethology text...in combination with the material on the supplemental web site, will prove invaluable to instructors teaching this emerging field. Shaun D. Cain The Journal of Experimental Biology
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