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  • Editors: Robert Huber, Danika L. Bannasch, Patricia Brennan
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123808585
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123808592

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Genes interact with the environment, experience, and biology of the brain to shape an animal’s behavior. This latest volume in Advances in Genetics, organized according to the most widely used model organisms, describes the latest genetic discoveries in relation to neural circuit development and activity.

Key Features

  • Explores the latest topics in neural circuits and behavior research in zebrafish, drosophila, C.elegans, and mouse models
  • Includes methods for testing with ethical, legal, and social implications
  • Critically analyzes future prospects


Geneticists, molecular biologists, neurobiologists

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    Evolutionary Aspects of Aggression

    I. Introduction

    II. Sexual Selection

    III. Mating Systems

    IV. When to Fight and When to Flee

    V. Case Studies: Sexual Dimorphism

    VI. Humans and the Mammalian Pattern


    Signaling Aggression

    I. Introduction

    II. Bird Song Signals Aggressive Intentions: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

    III. Visual Displays Signal Aggressive Intent in Cephalopods: The Sweet Smell of Success


    Self-Structuring Properties of Dominance Hierarchies

    I. Introduction

    II. Definitions

    III. Animal Models

    IV. Factors Affecting Dominance Relationships in Pairs of Animals

    V. Formation of Dominance Relationships and Dominance Hierarchies in Groups

    VI. A New Approach to Explaining the Formation of Linear Hierarchies: Behavioral Processes

    VII. Conclusion


    Neurogenomic Mechanisms of Aggression in Songbirds

    I. Aggression in Context

    II. Hormonal Mechanisms of Aggression

    III. Transcriptional Activity and Neural Mechanisms of Aggression in Birds

    IV. A Natural Model Uniting Social Behavior, Hormones, and Genetics

    V. Future Directions


    Genetics of Aggression in Voles

    I. Introduction

    II. The Prairie Vole Model

    III. Neural Correlates

    IV. Neural Circuitry

    V. Neurochemical Regulation of Selective Aggression

    VI. Molecular Genetics of Selective Aggression

    VII. Drug-Induced Aggression

    VIII. Conclusions and Future Directions


    The Neurochemistry of Human Aggression

    I. Introduction

    II. Serotonin

    III. Dopamine

    IV. Norepinephrine (Noradrenaline)

    V. GABA

    VI. Peptides

    VII. Conclusion

    Human Aggression Across the Lifespan

    I. Heritability of Aggression: Twin and Adoption Studies

    II. G × E Interaction in Aggressive Behavior

    III. Specific Genes for Aggressive Behavior: Findings from Molecular Genetic Studies

    IV. Conclusions


    I. Introduction

    II. Psychodynamic Theories

    III. Neuroimaging

    IV. Neuropsychological Testing

    V. Psychophysiological Evidence

    VI. Genetics

    VII. Nongenetic Risk Factors

    VIII. The Limitations and Potential of Neurocriminology

    IX. Modifiable Risk Factor Interventions

    X. Conclusion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2011
  • Published: November 9, 2011
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123808585
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123808592

About the Serial Volume Editors

Robert Huber

Danika L. Bannasch

Patricia Brennan

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