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Behavioral Neuroscience

Behavioral Neuroscience
Essentials and Beyond

December 2019 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Behavioral Neuroscience: Essentials and Beyond shows students the basics of biological psychology using a modern and research-based perspective. With fresh coverage of applied topics and complex phenomena, including social neuroscience and consciousness, author Stéphane Gaskin delivers the most current research and developments surrounding the brain's functions through student-centered pedagogy. Carefully crafted features introduce students to challenging biological and neuroscience-based concepts through illustrations of real-life application, exploring myths and misconceptions, and addressing students' assumptions head on. 

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    CHAPTER 1. Behavioral Neuroscience: Understanding Brain-Behavior Relationships

    Module 1.1. What Is Behavioral Neuroscience?
    1.1.1 The Study of Brain-Behavior Relationships

    1.1.2 A Quick Look at the Brain

    1.1.3 Levels of Analysis: Putting Brain-Behavior Relationships in Perspective

    1.1.4 A Closer Look at the Molecular Level: Genetics

    Module 1.2. The Evolution of Brain-Behavior Relationships
    1.2.1 Natural Selection

    1.2.2 Neuroecology: How Natural Selection Accounts for Brain-Behavior Relationships

    Module 1.3. The Origins of Behavioral Neuroscience
    1.3.1 Antiquity

    1.3.2 The Mind-Body Problem

    1.3.3 Localization of Function

    Module 1.4. Studying Brain-Behavior Relationships Today
    1.4.1 Brain-Damaged Patients and Structural Brain Imaging

    1.4.2 Lesioning, Stimulating, and Measuring the Brain’s Activity

    1.4.3 Fields of Study Related to Behavioral Neuroscience

    CHAPTER 2. Neurons and Glia

    Module 2.1. Putting Neurons Into Context
    2.1.1 The Place of Neurons Within the Body

    2.1.2 Cell Theory and the Neuron Doctrine

    2.1.3 Studying Neurons

    2.1.4 The Number of Neurons and Glia in the Brain

    Module 2.2. The Structure of Neurons
    2.2.1 The Prototypical Neuron

    2.2.2 The Diversity of Neurons

    Module 2.3. The Action Potential
    2.3.1 A Little Bit of Chemistry

    2.3.2 Initiation of Action Potentials

    2.3.3 Propagation of Action Potentials

    Module 2.4. Glia
    2.4.1 Putting Glia Into Context

    2.4.2 The Functions of Glia

    CHAPTER 3. The Synapse, Neurotransmitters, Drugs, and Addiction

    Module 3.1. The Synapse
    3.1.1 What Is a Synapse?

    3.1.2 What Occurs at a Synapse?

    3.1.3 Synaptic Integration

    3.1.4 The Varieties of Synapses

    Module 3.2. Neurotransmitters
    3.2.1 What Are Neurotransmitters?

    3.2.2 Neurotransmitter Systems: Pathways, Functions, and Receptors

    Module 3.3. Drugs and Drug Addiction
    3.3.1 What Is a Drug?

    3.3.2 Drug Addiction

    3.3.3 Neurobiological Models of Drug Addiction

    3.3.4 Mechanisms of Action of Commonly Abused Drugs

    CHAPTER 4. The Nervous System

    Module 4.1. Central Nervous System Development
    4.1.1 Gastrulation

    4.1.2 Neurulation

    4.1.3 Differentiation of the Neural Tube Into the Primary Brain Vesicles

    Module 4.2. The Fully Developed Brain
    4.2.1 The Structures and Functions of the Forebrain: The Telencephalon

    4.2.2 The Structures and Functions of the Forebrain: The Diencephalon

    4.2.3 The Midbrain and the Hindbrain

    4.2.4 The Spinal Cord

    4.2.5 The Protected Brain

    4.2.6 Hemispheric Specialization

    Module 4.3. The Peripheral Nervous System
    4.3.1 The Somatic Nervous System

    4.3.2 The Autonomic Nervous System

    CHAPTER 5. Neurodevelopment, Neuroplasticity, and Aging

    Module 5.1. Neurodevelopment
    5.1.1 Neurogenesis, Cell Proliferation, Migration, Differentiation, and Synaptogenesis

    5.1.2 Adult Neurogenesis

    Module 5.2. Neuroplasticity
    5.2.1 What Is Neuroplasticity?

    5.2.2 Structural Remodeling

    5.2.3 Synaptic Plasticity

    5.2.4 Cortical Plasticity

    5.2.5 When Cortical Plasticity Goes Overboard

    Module 5.3. The Aging Brain: Adolescence and Old Age
    5.3.1 The Adolescent Brain and Behavior

    5.3.2 Normal Aging of the Brain

    5.3.3 Disease in the Aging Brain

    CHAPTER 6. Sensation and Perception 1: Vision and Hearing

    Module 6.1. Vision
    6.1.1 The Beginnings of an Image

    6.1.2 Phototransduction

    6.1.3 Acuity and Sensitivity

    6.1.4 Receptive Fields

    6.1.5 Color Vision

    6.1.6 Visual Processing Beyond the Retina

    Module 6.2. Hearing
    6.2.1 Physical and Perceptual Dimensions of Sound

    6.2.2 The Ear

    6.2.3 Auditory Processing Beyond the Basilar Membrane

    CHAPTER 7. Sensation and Perception 2: Taste, Smell, and Touch

    Module 7.1. Taste
    7.1.1 What Is Taste and What Is It Made Of?

    7.1.2 Gustatory Chemoreceptors

    7.1.3 Taste Receptor Cells and Their Mechanisms

    7.1.4 Taste Perception: Beyond Taste Receptor Cells

    Module 7.2. Smell
    7.2.1 What Is Smell and What Is It Made Of?

    7.2.2 Olfactory Receptor Neurons

    7.2.3 Beyond the Olfactory Bulb

    7.2.4 Pheromones

    Module 7.3. Touch
    7.3.1 What Is Touch and What Is It Made Of?

    7.3.2 Mechanoreceptors

    7.3.3 Conduction and Mechanoreceptors

    7.3.4 Beyond Mechanoreceptors

    7.3.5 Pain

    CHAPTER 8. Sensorimotor Systems

    Module 8.1. This Is What Makes You Move
    8.1.1 Muscles and Muscle Contraction

    8.1.2 Innervation of Muscle Cells

    8.1.3 How Muscles Contract

    Module 8.2. Spinal Control of Movement
    8.2.1 Spinal Reflexes

    8.2.2 Motor Programs

    Module 8.3. Cortical Control of Movement and Sensorimotor Integration
    8.3.1 Proprioception

    8.3.2 The Descending Pathways

    8.3.3 Anatomy of Voluntary Movement

    8.3.4 Putting It All Together

    CHAPTER 9. Motivation: Theories, Temperature Regulation, Energy Balance, and Sleep

    Module 9.1. Theories of Motivation
    9.1.1 What Is Motivation?

    9.1.2 Need Reduction Theory

    9.1.3 Arousal Theory

    9.1.4 Pleasure Seeking and Reward

    Module 9.2. Physiological Mechanisms
    9.2.1 Temperature Regulation

    9.2.2 Energy Balance, Hunger, and Eating

    Module 9.3. Regulation of Sleep and Wakefulness
    9.3.1 What Is Sleep?

    9.3.2 Homeostatic and Circadian Influences on Sleep and Wakefulness

    9.3.3 The Neurochemistry and Physiology of Wakefulness and Sleep

    CHAPTER 10. Hormones: Social and Reproductive Behavior

    Module 10.1. What Are Hormones?
    10.1.1 Hormones and Their Discovery

    10.1.2 Types of Hormones and the Roles of the Hypothalamus and Pituitary

    10.1.3 Steroid and Nonsteroid Hormones

    10.1.4 The Actions of Specific Pituitary Hormones

    Module 10.2. Hormones and Behavior
    10.2.1 Social Behavior

    10.2.2 Sexual and Reproductive Behavior

    Module 10.3. Organizing Effects of Hormones and Sexual Orientation
    10.3.1 The Organizing Effects of Hormones

    10.3.2 Sexual Orientation

    CHAPTER 11. Emotions

    Module 11.1. What Are Emotions?
    11.1.1 Emotions, Emotional Experience, and Emotional Expression

    11.1.2 Theories of Emotions

    Module 11.2. Emotions: Where in the Brain?
    11.2.1 Emotional Networks in the Brain

    11.2.2 Emotions and the Amygdala

    11.2.3 Emotions and the Amygdala in Humans

    Module 11.3. Emotions and Decision Making: Beyond the Amygdala
    11.3.1 The Prefrontal Cortex

    11.3.2 The Somatic-Marker Hypothesis

    Module 11.4. Aggression
    11.4.1 What Is Aggression?

    11.4.2 Aggression in the Brain

    11.4.3 Aggression: Testosterone, Cortisol, and Serotonin

    CHAPTER 12. Memory and Memory Systems

    Module 12.1. Memory and Memory Systems
    12.1.1 What Is Memory?

    12.1.2 The Stages of Memory

    12.1.3 The Registers of Memory

    12.1.4 Working Memory and the Brain

    Module 12.2. Long-Term Memory
    12.2.1 What Is Long-Term Memory?

    12.2.2 The Neuroanatomy of Long-Term Memory

    Module 12.3. Memory Consolidation
    12.3.1 What Is Memory Consolidation?

    12.3.2 Theories of Memory Consolidation

    Module 12.4. Navigating Through Space: Spatial Memory
    12.4.1 What Is Spatial Memory? The Hippocampus as a Navigational Device

    12.4.2 Cells for Space: An Internal GPS

    12.4.3 The Hippocampus and Nonspatial Memory

    Module 12.5. Learning: The Acquisition of Memories
    12.5.1 What Is Learning?

    12.5.2 Nonassociative Learning

    12.5.3 Associative Learning

    12.5.4 Synaptic Plasticity: Neurons That Wire Together Fire Together

    CHAPTER 13. Attention and Consciousness

    Module 13.1. Attention
    13.1.1 What Is Attention?

    13.1.2 Concepts in the Study of Attention

    13.1.3 Attention: Where in the Brain?

    13.1.4 Disorders of Attention

    Module 13.2. Consciousness
    13.2.1 What Is Consciousness?

    13.2.2 The Problems of Consciousness

    13.2.3 The Neural Correlates and Contents of Consciousness

    13.2.4 A Neurobiological Theory of Consciousness

    13.2.5 Disorders of Consciousness

    13.2.6 Hidden Consciousness

    13.2.7 Free Will

    CHAPTER 14. Psychological Disorders

    Module 14.1. What Is a Psychological Disorder?
    14.1.1 Defining Psychological Disorder

    14.1.2 The Interacting Factors Behind Psychological Disorders

    Module 14.2. Anxiety Disorders and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    14.2.1 Anxiety, Fear, and Anxiety Disorders

    14.2.2 The Neurobiology of Anxiety Disorders

    14.2.3 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    14.2.4 The Neurobiology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    Module 14.3. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    14.3.1 What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

    14.3.2 The Neurobiology of Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder

    Module 14.4. Major Depressive Disorder
    14.4.1 What Is Major Depressive Disorder?

    14.4.2 The Neurobiology of Major Depressive Disorder

    Module 14.5. Schizophrenia
    14.5.1 What Is Schizophrenia?

    14.5.2 The Neurobiology of Schizophrenia

    CHAPTER 15. Social Neuroscience

    Module 15.1. What Is Social Neuroscience?
    15.1.1 Social Neuroscience: The Chicken or the Egg?

    15.1.2 The Social-Neuroscientific Perspective

    Module 15.2. Self-Awareness
    15.2.1 What Is Self-Awareness?

    15.2.2 Self-Awareness: Where in the Brain?

    Module 15.3. Theory of Mind and Empathy
    15.3.1 What Is Theory of Mind?

    15.3.2 Theory of Mind: Where in the Brain?

    15.3.3 Empathy

    Module 15.4. Social Pain
    15.4.1 Two Dimensions of Physical Pain

    15.4.2 Social Pain: Does It Really Hurt?

    Module 15.5. Altruism
    15.5.1 What Is Altruism?

    15.5.2 Altruism: Where in the Brain?

    Module 15.6. Cooperation and Trust
    15.6.1 Game Theory

    15.6.2 Game Theory and the Brain?

    Author Index
    Subject Index


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