Behavioral Embryology

Behavioral Embryology

Studies on the Development of Behavior and the Nervous System

1st Edition - January 1, 1973

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  • Editor: Gilbert Gottlieb
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266411

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Behavioral Embryology deals with the theoretical, philosophical, and empirical problems of behavioral embryology. The book is composed of studies on prenatal neural and behavioral development. The text discussed various topics on behavioral embryology such as the genetic aspects of neuro-embryology; prenatal ""organizing"" effect of gonadal hormones on the brain and later behavior; sensory, motor, or central neural function; overt embryonic or fetal sensitivity; and overt motility and actual behavior. Embryologists, anatomists, cell biologists, physiologists, physicians, and medical researchers will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents

  • Contents

    List of Contributors


    Dedication to W. PreyeR (1841-1897)

    Section 1 Behavioral Embryology

    Introduction of Behavioral Embryology

    I. Aims

    II. Tradition

    III. Procedures

    IV. Conceptions of Development

    V. Theoretical Issues

    VI. Summary and Conclusions


    Section 2 Embryonic Motility and its Neural Correlates


    Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Embryonic Motility in Birds and Mammals

    I. Introduction

    II. Some Remarks on Lack of Coordination in Amniote Embryos

    III. Spontaneous Motility in Rat Fetuses

    IV. The Continuity-Discontinuity Problem on the Behavioral Level

    V. Incongruity of Neurogenesis and Development of Behavior

    VI. Relation of Neurogenesis and Bioelectrical Phenomena

    VII. Responses to Stimulation (Concurrence of Generalized and Local Responses)

    VIII. Inhibition

    IX. Influence of Function on Structure

    X. Concluding Remarks


    Neurophysiological Aspects of Behavior Development in the Chick Embryo

    I. Introduction

    II. Behavior of the Chick Embryo

    III. Ontogeny of Bioelectric Activity in the Embryonic Spinal Cord

    IV. Neural Correlates of Embryonic Motility

    V. Effect of Movement-Produced Stimulation on Embryonic Motility: An Electrophysiological Approach

    VI. Synchrony and Spatial Distribution of Discharges: Communication within the Embryonic Spinal Cord

    VII. Summary


    Synaptogenesis in the Avian Embryo : Ultrastructure and Possible Behavioral Correlates

    I. Introduction

    II. General Morphological Development of the Spinal Motor System as Seen in the Light Microscope

    III. General Discussion of Synapses

    IV. Observations of Synaptogenesis and the Ontogeny of Behavior in the Chicken and Pigeon Embryo

    V. Summary and Conclusions

    VI. Present and Future Goals


    The Embryonic Behavior of Certain Crustaceans

    I. Introduction

    II. Methods

    III. Results

    IV. Discussion

    V. Summary


    Section 3 Hatching: Hormonal, Physiological, and Behavioral Aspects


    Prehatching and Hatching Behavior: Comparative and Physiological Consideration

    I. Introduction

    II. Comparative Aspects of Prehatching and Hatching Behavior

    III. The Possible Mechanisms Associated with the Various States of Prehatching

    and Hatching Behavior in Birds

    IV. The Problem of the Embryonic Origin of Posthatching Motor Patterns

    V. Summary and Conclusions


    Sleep and Wakefulness during Early Life in the Domestic Chicken, and Their Relationship to Hatching and Embryonic Motility

    I. Introduction

    II. Descriptive Studies

    III. Experimental Analysis

    IV. Discussion


    Section 4 Sensory Processes: Embryonic Behavior in Birds


    Some Environmental Effects on the Activity and Development of the Avian Embryo

    I. Introduction

    II. The Development of Activity and Stages of Development in the Embryo of the Domestic Fowl

    III. Interaction between the Embryo and Its Environment outside the Shell by Means of Vocalizations

    IV. Response to Siblings

    V. Passive Effects Determined by Embryonic Anatomy, Physiology, and the Immediate Environment, without Necessarily Involving Sensory Systems

    VI. The Environmental Context of Incubation

    VII. Summary and Conclusions


    Prenatal Origins of Parent-Young Interactions in Birds: A Naturalistic Approach

    General Introduction

    I. Sensory Stimulation and Embryonic Motility

    II. Sensory Stimulation and Later Behavior

    III. Concluding Remarks

    IV. Summary


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 390
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1973
  • Published: January 1, 1973
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266411

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Gilbert Gottlieb

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