An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology

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9780878936151: An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology

Written for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, this text provides an integrated presentation of the expanding field of behavioural endocrinology - the study of hormone-behaviour interactions. Using a comparative approach, the text explores how hormone-behaviour interactions have evolved in both humans and non-human animals to solve common problems in survival and reproduction. Topics include: the interactions between hormones and sexually dimorphic behaviours; mating and parental behaviours; homeostatic and rhythmic behaviours; as well as learning, memory and mood. The text is written for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in psychology or biology. Summaries at the end of each chapter outline key points. Discussion questions and suggested reading are also included for each chapter.

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RANDY J. NELSON holds the Brumbauch Chair in Brain Research and Teaching at The Ohio State University Medical Center, USA. He is professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and a member of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology and Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University. Dr. Nelson earned his A.B. degree in Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, and began his graduate career with work on canine behavioral sex differentiation under Dr. Frank Beach. After receiving his M.A. in Psychology, he began focusing on circadian rhythms and photoperiodism with Dr. Irving Zucker. He earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Endocrinology from the University of California at Berkeley, then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive physiology with Drs. Frank Bronson and Claude Desjardins at the Institute for Reproductive Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Nelson served on the faculty at The Johns Hopkins University for fifteen years before moving to Columbus. He has published over 300 research articles and several books describing studies in seasonality, behavioural endocrinology, biological rhythms, immune function, sex behaviour, and aggressive behaviours.

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