Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience, Three-Volume Set, 1- 3 book cover

Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience, Three-Volume Set, 1- 3

Behavioral Neuroscientists study the behavior of animals and humans and the neurobiological and physiological processes that control it. Behavior is the ultimate function of the nervous system, and the study of it is very multidisciplinary. Disorders of behavior in humans touch millions of people’s lives significantly, and it is of paramount importance to understand pathological conditions such as addictions, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, autism among others, in order to be able to develop new treatment possibilities.

Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience is the first and only multi-volume reference to comprehensively cover the foundation knowledge in the field. This three volume work is edited by world renowned behavioral neuroscientists George F. Koob, The Scripps Research Institute, Michel Le Moal, Université Bordeaux, and Richard F. Thompson, University of Southern California and written by a premier selection of the leading scientists in their respective fields. Each section is edited by a specialist in the relevant area. The important research in all areas of Behavioral Neuroscience is covered in a total of 210 chapters on topics ranging from neuroethology and learning and memory, to behavioral disorders and psychiatric diseases.


A target audience of researchers in academia and industry, health professionals, educators, students and scientific writers. The scope of coverage for the work means that there will be interest from an audience involved in many areas of human and animal behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, including neurologists, pharmacologists, toxicologists, physiologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, geneticists, nutritionists and ingestive behavior scientists, sensory scientists and social researchers.

Hardbound, 1816 Pages

Published: April 2010

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-08-044732-2


  • "An excellent resource providing detailed information on specific behavioral neuroscience topics… Some 200 articles are alphabetically presented within 24 subject areas. From the list of subject areas, readers may select an article and look at either a  preview with an abstract and the article outline, or the full-text PDF. All articles, written by authorities in the field, begin with a helpful glossary that defines key terms. Headings and subheadings clearly show the structure of the articles, wich combine technical information with content that nonexperts can grasp. Articles conclude with a list of resources for further reading…. Reader who choose the preview may link to specific subsections in the HTML version of an article. Researchers may also click on links to related journal articles or to articles from reference works: these come from a  variety of publications within ScienceDirect (CH, Sep’06, 44-0034). Clicking on an article’s title brings up an HTML version that includes internatl and external hyperlinks for terms and references. A search box finds all encyclopedia articles that relate to a given term. This ScienceDirect Web site is logically organized, consistent in functionality, loads quickly and features links that work. A look a the table of contents and some sample content from the Oxford Handbook of Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience, edited by M.S. Blumberg, J.H. Freeman, and S.R. Robinson (CH, Jul’10, 47-6563) reveals articles that are very physiologically oriented, compared to the more behavioral/psychological/physiological blend in EBN. This encyclopedia, which is also available in print, will be extremely useful for a wide range of readers. Summing up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers."--CHOICE 2011


  • Alcohol addiction


    Cognition: Attention and Impulsivity

    Cognition: Learning and Memory: Pavlovian

    Cognition: Learning and Memory: Spatial

    Cognitive decline in laboratory animals: models, measures, and validity


    Drug addiction


    Invertebrate learning: Aplysia; C. Elegans; hermissenda; honey bees; Drosophila

    Knock-outs: learning and memory

    Knock-outs: human psychiatric disorders

    Learning and Memory

    Manic depression

    Maternal deprivation



    Sexual behavior

    The value of animal models for predicting CNS therapeutic action

    Genes and Behavior: Animal Models

    Genes and Languages

    Genetic Studies of Personality

    Human Evolutionary Genetics

    Memory: Genetic Approaches

    Aging and cognition

    Cholinergic Systems in Aging and Alzheimer¿s disease



    Alzheimer's Disease, Neural Basis of


    Anatomical and functional recent studies of langage and memory in epilepsy

    Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Neural Basis of

    Current models and assessment of limb apraxia

    Developmental dyslexia

    Disorders of face processing


    Korsakoff's Syndrome

    Memory impairments in non-Korsakoff alcoholic patients

    Neuropsychological aspects of anxiety disorders

    The contribution of split-brain studies to the evolution of the concept of hemispheric specialization

    Transient Global Amnesia: Neuropsychology, psychopathology and neuroimaging

    Brain Imaging

    Consciousness/ unconscious

    Evolutionary and developmental issues in cognitive neuroscience

    Interface between emotion and cognition

    Acute Dependence*


    Anti-social personality disorder

    Brain Imaging and dependence*

    Comobidity - anxiety

    Comobidity - depression

    Conditioned cues

    Drug priming

    Electrophysiology of drug reward*


    Pain and addiction*

    Molecular neurobiology of addiction*

    Neuroplasticity and Addiction*


    Nicotine Ethanol Interactions*





    Stress and drug seeking/craving;


    Transition to dependence



    Aggression: Defensive

    Aggression: Kinds of Agression

    Aggression: Offensive

    Classic and contemporary theories of emotion

    Communication of emotions in animals

    Fear and anxiety in people

    Fear, anxiety and defensive behaviors in animals

    Neural and pharmacological substrates of aggression

    Neural substrates of conditioned fear, defense, and anxiety

    Neural substrates of unconditioned fear, defense, and anxiety

    Physical and emotional pain

    Pleasure - to include predation, play fighting, among other things

    Subjective experience and communication of emotions in man

    The evolution of emotion

    Abnormal behaviors and environmental constraints

    Altruism and cooperation

    Behavior adaptation and selection

    Behavioral development and socialization

    Brain Evolution in Vertebrates

    Mating behavior

    Orientation and navigation

    Parasitic infection and host behavior

    Parental behavior and neurohormonal determinants

    Physical cognition and reasoning

    Primate origins of human behavior

    Social cognition and theory of mind

    Social communication

    Social competition and conflict resolution

    Social learning and behavior transmission

    Social relationships and individual recognition

    Temperament and individual differences

    Hemispheric Specialization: Language, Space and Sexual Differentiation

    History of the field

    Development and language

    Language and communication - brain substrate

    Avoidance Learning and Escape Learning

    Birdsong and Vocal Learning during Development

    Blocking, Neural Basis of

    Cardiovascular Conditioning: Neural Substrates

    Cerebellum: Associative Learning

    Classical Conditioning: Neural Basis of

    Declarative Memory, Neural Basis of

    Episodic and Autobiographical Memory: Psychological and Neural Aspects

    Eyelid Classical Conditioning

    Fear Conditioning

    Fear: Potentiation and Startle


    Implicit Leaning and Memory: Psychological and Neural Aspects

    Learning and Memory: Computational Models

    Memory and Aging, Neural Basis of

    Memory in C. elegans

    Mechanisms of Memory Formation and Storage in Hermissenda

    Memory in the Bee

    Memory in the Fly, Genetics of

    Memory, Consolidation of

    Memory: Genetic Approaches

    Memory: Synaptic Mechanisms

    Motor Control, Brain Systems

    Plasticity in the Primary Auditory Cortex: Substrate of Specific Long-Term Memory Traces

    Neural Plasticity of Spinal Reflexes

    Place cells

    Protein Synthesis and Memory

    Recognition Memory (in Primates), Neural Basis of

    Short-term Memory: Psychological and Neural Aspects

    Temporaral lobe and object recognition

    Gaze Stabilization and the VOR

    Working Memory, Neural Basis of

    Brain stimulation and addiction

    Brain stimulation reward

    Energy Balance

    Hormonal contributions to arousal and motivation

    Incentive Salience/Incentive Motivation

    Neural systems of motivation


    Thermal Regulation

    Basal Ganglia

    Navigation in Virtual Space: Psychological and Neural Aspects

    Neural Representations of Direction (Head Direction Cells)

    Neural Representations of Intended Movement

    Compulsive computer addiction

    Compulsive sexual behaviors

    Compulsive shopping


    Intermittent Explosive Disorder


    Obesity and binge eating disorder



    Behavioral effects of cytokines

    Biomarkers of the stress response

    Gastrointestinal peptides and control of food intake

    Hormones and Memory

    Neuropeptides and regulation of water

    Perinatal influences on behaviour and neuroendocrine functions

    Psychosocial infleunces on the immune system

    Sex hormones, mood and cognition

    Female sexual behavior

    Infant bonding and attachment

    Male sexual behavior

    neural basis of gender

    Parental Behavior

    Play Behavior

    Sexual motivation

    Social bonding and attachment

    Attention and speed of information processing

    Brain-machine interfaces

    Cortical visual processing

    From sensation to perception

    Mirror-neuron system

    Motor planning

    Organisation of human locomotion: proprioception and quadrupedal organisation

    Peripersonal space and body schema

    Self-regulation process, control and willpower

    Taste perception and behaviour in mammals and flies

    The role of neuronal synchrony in normal and pathological brain

    Tinnitus: processing of auditory phantom sound

    TRP channels in thermo- and mechanosensation

    Circadian and ultradian clocks/rhythms

    Overview of sleep and dream basics

    Sleep: Disorders

    Sleep: EEG and Homeostasis

    Sleep: Bioenergetics of Sleep

    Sleep: Learning and Memory

    Sleep: Neuropsychology and Imaging

    Acute vs. chronic stress: homeostasis

    Stress and brain morphology

    Stress and emotionality

    Stress and feeding behavior

    Stress and learning and memory

    Stress and reproductive behavior OR stress and sleep/arousal

    Stress and reward

    Stress and social behavior

    Neurogenesis and development

    Neurogenesis and exercise

    Neurogenesis and memory

    Neurogenesis and the environment

    Neuron excitability and memory

    Synapse formation and memory

    Neurotransmitters and Neuromodulators

    Motor learning in the VOR

    Motor Function and Motivation


    Deep Brain Stimulation In Psychiatric Disorders


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