Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience

1st Edition

Hardcover ISBN: 9780080447322
eBook ISBN: 9780080453965
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 16th April 2010
Page Count: 1816
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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.

Key Features

  • The only comprehensive Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience on the market
  • Addresses all recent advances in the field
  • Written and edited by an international group of leading researchers, truly representative of the behavioral neuroscience community
  • Includes many entries on the advances in our knowledge of the neurobiological basis of complex behavioral, psychiatric, and neurological disorders
  • Richly illustrated in full color
  • Extensively cross referenced to serve as the go-to reference for students and researchers alike
  • The online version features full searching, navigation, and linking functionality
  • An essential resource for libraries serving neuroscientists, psychologists, neuropharmacologists, and psychiatrists


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.

Table of Contents

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


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"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