Neurobiology of the Parental Brain

1st Edition

Editors: Robert Bridges
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123742858
eBook ISBN: 9780080559575
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th July 2008
Page Count: 584
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This book presents cutting edge research on the basic neurobiology of parental behavior as it relates to behavioral disorders, including postpartum depression, anxiety, and inadequate parental bonding to infants. Internationally recognized basic and clinical researchers present new research findings in humans and animals that elucidate the roles of the brain, physiological state, genes and environment in maternal and paternal care. By bridging the gap between basic and clinical research, new understandings of how the biology of the brain and the reproductive state of the parent impact their mental health and the successful rearing of young emerge.

Key Features

  • Presents the neural network of motherhood based on fundamental and functional MRI studies of parental care - from rodents to humans
  • Discusses the role of gene-environment interactions in parenting
  • Offers parenting strategies and priorities in raising young
  • Discusses maternal defense - the neurobiology of maternal protection
  • Examines the significance and underlying causes of postpartum depression
  • Discusses parenting and anxiety – neurobiological basis for reductions during the postpartum period
  • Also includes the neurobiology of fatherhood – a fresh evolutionary and biological perspective on paternal behavior
  • Presents information on maternal neuroplasticity - how reproductive history changes the maternal brain
  • Translates research – internationally renowned researchers' insights into common factors that regulate mammalian parenting


Basic scientists, clinical researchers, psychiatrists, and practicing physicians

Table of Contents

Parental Brain Conference ? June 7-10, 2007 Preliminary Program June 7, 2007

Keynote Lecture ? David R. Rubinow, MD, ? Assad Meymandi Professor & Chair of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC ?Mood Disorders of Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period?

June 8, 2007

Symposium 1 - Neural Systems & Maternal Behavior - I

Michael Numan, PhD, Department of Psychology, Boston College ?Hypothalamic Interaction with the Mesolimbic Dopamine System Regulates Maternal Responsiveness?

Joan I. Morrell, PhD, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ?Maternal Motivation and Its Neural Substrate Across the Postpartum Period?

Craig Ferris, PhD, Center for Comparative Neuroimaging, University of Massachusetts Medical School "Imaging the Maternal Brain"

Symposium 2 - Neural Systems & Maternal Behavior - I

Dionysia T. Theodosis, PhD, Laboratory of Morphofunctional Neurobiology, Inserm U378; University Victor Segalen-Bordeaux II, F33077 Bordeaux, France ?Neuronal-Glial Plasticity and Reproduction?

Frederick Levy, PhD, INRA-CNRS-Universite de Tours-Haras Nationaux, Nouzilly, France "Neural Networks Involved in the Onset of Maternal Behavior in Sheep"

Jeffrey P. Lorberbaum, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC "The Functional Neuroanatomy of Human Parental Behavior."

Symposium 3 - Maternal Aggression, Stress & Anxiety/Depression - I

Oliver J. Bosch, PhD, Institute of Zoology, University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Ger


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About the Editor

Robert Bridges