Principles of Hormone/Behavior Relations


  • Donald W Pfaff
  • Robert Rubin, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A
  • Donald Pfaff, Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior, Rockefeller University, New York, U.S.A.
  • Jill Schneider
  • Geoff Head
  • M. Ian Phillips, University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S.A. Norris Professor of Life Sciences
  • Robert Rubin, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A

This text introduces underlying principles of the endocrine regulation of behavior in animals and humans. Every chapter begins by stating a principle, followed by specific examples of hormone actions derived from scientific experiments and clinical observations, and concludes with a few challenging unanswered questions. The reference source Hormones, Brain & Behavior identified this field as rapidly expanding within neurobiology and endocrinology. Now, this well-illustrated and referenced text will serve students from undergraduate school to medical school as they learn this new discipline.
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Neuroscientists and endocrinologists, as well as upper level undergraduates and graduate students.


Book information

  • Published: September 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-553149-8


"The text is a pleasure to read. The authors adopt an informal conversational style for their discussion that evokes the comfortable air of a seminar course with a favorite professor. ...It invites and excites the reader to dig deeper into the many uncertain and unexplained areas of neuroendocrinology. It shows the reader that this is a field ready for exciting advances and a worthy arena in which to spend one’s career." --William J. Kovacs, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas in BRAIN, BEHAVIOR AND IMMUNITY (July 2005) "This is an exceptional text that provides an up-to-date and comprehensive review of topical material in endocrinology, neuroscience, and behavior...The emphasize on research approaches, balanced with integration of findings from such approaches, enables the text to be used by a broad range of student populations. It would be suitable for use in an advanced undergraduate class, as well as by graduate and medial students, alike." -Cheryl Frye, University of Albany

Table of Contents

Section I.Characterizing the Phenomena: Hormone Effects are Strong and ReliableSection II. History: Hormone Effects can Depend on Family, Gender, and DevelopmentSection III.Time: Hormonal Effects on Behavior Depend on Temporal ParametersSection IV.Space: Spatial Aspects of Hormone Administration and Impact are ImportantSection V.Mechanisms: Molecular and Biophysical Mechanisms of Hormone Actions Give Clues to Future Therapeutic StrategiesSection VI.Environment: Environmental Variables Influence Hormone/Behavior RelationsSection VII.Evolution