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Behavioral Embryology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126093018, 9781483266411

Behavioral Embryology

1st Edition

Studies on the Development of Behavior and the Nervous System

Editor: Gilbert Gottlieb
eBook ISBN: 9781483266411
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1973
Page Count: 390
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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


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


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Gilbert Gottlieb

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