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Behavioural Neuroscience


  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107506992

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  • Brain and behaviour are intrinsically linked. Animals demonstrate a huge and complex repertoire of behaviours, so how can specific behaviours be mapped onto the complicated neural circuits of the brain? Highlighting the extraordinary advances that have been made in the field of behavioural neuroscience over recent decades, this book examines how behaviours can be understood in terms of their neural mechanisms. Each chapter outlines the components of a particular behaviour, discussing laboratory techniques, the key brain structures involved, and the underpinning cellular and molecular mechanisms. Commins covers a range of topics including learning in a simple invertebrate, fear conditioning, taste aversion, sound localization, and echolocation in bats, as well as more complex behaviours, such as language development, spatial navigation and circadian rhythms. Demonstrating key processes through clear, step-by-step explanations and numerous illustrations, this will be valuable reading for students of zoology, animal behaviour, psychology, and neuroscience.

    • Provides an introduction to brain, behaviour and neurons, drawing on examples from a wide range of behaviours and species from the simplest organisms to humans
    • Offers step-by-step explanations of the mechanisms underlying various behaviours, helping students to understand complex neural processes
    • A summary box at the end of each chapter poses open questions, stimulating further interest and encouraging readers to think about where their research might go next
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    'Behavioural neuroscience has long lacked a research-relevant, up-to-date textbook providing a comprehensive theoretical and experimental treatment. Seán Commins is to be congratulated for having written a vital and important textbook which should be at the heart of teaching behavioural neuroscience everywhere. Written carefully and clearly, replete with up to date research, cross-species comparisons as well as a strong focus on understanding experimental methodologies and how they relate to theoretical issues, this book should become the standard reference for teaching, and a prompt for further research.' Shane O'Mara, Trinity College Dublin

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107506992
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 190 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 259 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Neurons and neural communication
    2. An introduction to the brain
    3. Neuroscientific methods
    4. Examination of animal behaviour: general principles and techniques
    5. Habituation and sensitisation in the Aplysia
    6. Classical conditioning in the Aplysia
    7. Long-term synaptic plasticity in mammals I: long-term potentiation (LTP)
    8. Long-term synaptic plasticity in mammals II: long-term depression (LTD)
    9. Eye-blink conditioning
    10. Fear conditioning
    11. Taste aversion
    12. Sound localisation
    13. Bat echolocation
    14. Spatial navigation
    15. Birdsong learning
    16. Circadian rhythms

  • Author

    Seán Commins, Maynooth University, Ireland
    Seán Commins is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His research focuses on the biological basis of learning and memory, spatial navigation and the impact of stroke on cognition. Dr Commins has published extensively and has received numerous awards in recognition of his research.

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