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An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology

Fifth Edition

Randy J. Nelson and Lance J. Kriegsfeld

October 2016

ISBN: 9781605353203

722 pages

In Stock

Price: £167.99

An accessible and comparative approach to behavioral endocrinology. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your local campus representative to arrange a local price.



Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press.

An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology, Fifth Edition, retains all of the features of the bestselling prior editions, and provides an updated, integrated presentation of the study of hormone-behavior-brain interactions. Continuing to emphasize a comparative approach, the text explores the endocrine mechanisms that have evolved in both human and nonhuman animals to solve common problems in survival and reproduction.

  • Provides an updated, integrated presentation of the study of hormone-behavior-brain interactions
  • Learning objectives are set out at the beginning of each chapter and key terms are defined in the margins throughout the text
  • Richly illustrated with color photographs and drawings throughout
  • Chapter-end summaries restate important points, while discussion questions and suggested further readings encourage students to go beyond the text
  • The text contains nearly 2,400 references to the literature in behavioral endocrinology

About the Author(s)

Randy J. Nelson, The Ohio State University, and Lance J. Kriegsfeld, University of California, Berkeley

Randy J. Nelson is a Distinguished University Professor and holds the Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching at The Ohio State University. 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 is the recipient of the Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Nelson earned his A.B. degree in Psychology at the University of California, 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 simultaneously earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Endocrinology from the University of California, Berkeley, then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive physiology at the Institute for Reproductive Biology at the University of Texas, Austin.

Lance J. Kriegsfeld is Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychology at The University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a joint appointment in The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at The University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kriegsfeld earned his Ph.D. at The Johns Hopkins University investigating the neural mechanisms underlying the seasonal control of reproduction under Dr. Randy Nelson. Following his Ph.D., he then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship investigating circadian biology and behavior with Dr. Rae Silver at Columbia University. After completing his postdoctoral fellowship, he joined the faculty at The University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kriegsfeld has published over 100 research articles and a book covering topics in sexual differentiation, behavioral endocrinology, circadian biology, reproductive biology, behavioral genetics, immune function, and sex and aggressive behaviors.

Table of Contents

    1. The Study of Behavioral Endocrinology
    2. The Endocrine System
    3. Sex Differences in Behavior: Sex Determination and Differentiation
    4. Sex Differences in Behavior: Animal Models and Humans
    5. Male Reproductive Behavior
    6. Female Reproductive Behavior
    7. Parental Behavior
    8. Hormones and Social Behavior
    9. Homeostasis and Behavior
    10. Biological Rhythms
    11. Stress
    12. Learning and Memory
    13. Hormones and Affective Disorders

Additional Resources

For Students

As with previous editions, the book is accompanied by animations, video, web links, sound files, a complete glossary, and graphics — accessible via the Companion Website — to aid in understanding the material in the text.

For Instructors

The Instructor's Resource Library includes electronic versions of all the textbook's figures and tables. All images are provided as both high- and low-resolution JPEGs, formatted and optimized for excellent legibility when projected. All figures and tables are also provided in ready-to-use PowerPoint presentations.

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