Paradigms for the Study of Behavior

Paradigms for the Study of Behavior

1st Edition - June 22, 1993

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  • Editor: P. Michael Conn
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483269375

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Methods in Neurosciences, Volume 14: Paradigms for the Study of Behavior is a collection of articles that describes the methods for measuring a wide range of behavior. This volume covers the means for measuring different behaviors, such as reproductive, maternal, sexual, aggression, social interactions, feeding behavior, memory analysis, and classical conditioning. The opening papers outline the proper conditions and practical considerations in which the researcher can study the sexual and reproductive behavior of animals in the laboratory. Another paper describes how to assess aggressiveness in rodents including ethical issues involved in such study. The book then discusses the effects of intracerebral administration of neuropeptides in rats using surgical and stereotaxic methods. Another paper presents the measurement of behavioral thermoregulatory reflexes to show acuity of temperature sensation and thermoregulatory control. This volume also discusses the measurement of song-learning behavior in birds through ""sensorimotor,"" ""action-based,"" and ""sensory"" methods of learning. This book will be helpful for students, scientists, technicians, and laboratory workers whose work involves experiments that need to be accurately measured.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors to Volume 14


    Volumes in Series

    Section I Sexual and Reproductive Behavior

    1. Measurement of Sexual Behavior: Controls for Variables

    2. Practical Considerations in the Measurement of Sexual Behavior

    3. Component Analysis of Male Sexual Behavior

    4. Analysis of Female Sexual Behavior: Proceptivity, Receptivity, and Rejection

    5. Measurement of Hormonal and Neural Correlates of Reproductive Behavior

    Section II Social and Aggressive Behavior

    6. Measurement of Social Interactions

    7. Assessment of Aggressive Behavior in Rodents

    8. Resident-Intruder Paradigms for the Study of Rodent Aggression

    Section III Drug-Induced Behavior

    9. Measurement of Cocaine-Induced Stereotyped Behavior in Response to Neuropeptides

    10. The Circling Training: A Behavioral Paradigm for Functional Teratology Testing

    11. Intracerebral Administration of Neuropeptides: An Assessment of Behavioral Change

    12. Measurement of the Effects of Intrathecal Administration of Neuropeptides on Motor Behavior

    13. Measurement of Dissociation of Amnesic and Behavioral Effects of Drugs in Mice

    14. Evaluation of Putative Anxiolytics in the Elevated Plus-Maze Test

    Section IV Environmentally Induced Behavior

    15. Measurement of Behavioral Changes in the Fetus Caused by Vibroacoustic Stimulation

    16. Behavioral Analysis of Rats Exposed to High Pressure

    17. Measurement of Behavioral Thermo-regulation

    18. Measurement of Stress-Induced Analgesia

    Section V Feeding Behavior

    19. Assessment of Feeding Behavior

    20. Continuous Analysis of Feeding Patterns in Rats Receiving Total Parenteral Nutrition as Measured by the Automated Computerized Rat Eater Meter

    Section VI Other Behavior

    21. Measurement of Illness Behavior: Review of Concepts and Common Measures

    22. Measurement of Maternal Behavior

    23. Measurement of Exploratory Behavior in Rodents

    24. Measurement of Grooming Behavior

    25. An Animal Model for Cardiovascular and Behavioral Reaction

    26. Assessment of Cardiovascular Responses as Behavior

    27. Assessment of Brain Electrical Activity in Relation to Memory and Complex Behavior

    28. Measurement of Two Types of Classical Conditioning

    29. Measurement of Song-Learning Behavior in Birds


Product details

  • No. of pages: 496
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1993
  • Published: June 22, 1993
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483269375

About the Editor

P. Michael Conn

P. Michael Conn is the Senior Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He is The Robert C. Kimbrough, Professor of Internal Medicine and Cell Biology/Biochemistry. He was previously Director of Research Advocacy and Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, Cell Biology and Development and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health and Science University and Senior Scientist of the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC). He served for twelve years as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of the ONPRC. After receiving a B.S. degree and teaching certification from the University of Michigan (1971), a M.S. from North Carolina State University (1973), and a Ph.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine (1976), Conn did a fellowship at the NIH, then joined the faculty in the Department of Pharmacology, Duke University Medical Center where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982. In 1984, he became Professor and Head of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, a position he held for eleven years. Conn is known for his research in the area of the cellular and molecular basis of action of gonadotropin releasing hormone action in the pituitary and therapeutic approaches that restore misfolded proteins to function. His work has led to drugs that have benefitted humans and animals. Most recently, he has identified a new class of drugs, pharmacoperones, which act by regulating the intracellular trafficking of receptors, enzymes and ion channels. He has authored or co-authored over 350 publications in this area and written or edited over 200 books, including texts in neurosciences, molecular biology and endocrinology. Conn has served as the editor of many professional journals and book series (Endocrinology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Endocrine, Methods, Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science and Contemporary Endocrinology). Conn served on the National Board of Medical Examiners, including two years as chairman of the reproduction and endocrinology committee. The work of his laboratory has been recognized with a MERIT award from the NIH, the J.J. Abel Award of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the Weitzman, Oppenheimer and Ingbar Awards of the Endocrine Society, the National Science Medal of Mexico (the Miguel Aleman Prize) and the Stevenson Award of Canada. He is the recipient of the Oregon State Award for Discovery, the Media Award of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and was named a distinguished Alumnus of Baylor College of Medicine in 2012. Conn is a previous member of Council for the American Society for Cell Biology and the Endocrine Society and is a prior President of the Endocrine Society, during which time he founded the Hormone Foundation and worked with political leadership to heighten the public’s awareness of diabetes. Conn’s students and fellows have gone on to become leaders in industry and academia. He is an elected member of the Mexican Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the co-author of The Animal Research War (2008) and many articles for the public and academic community on the value of animal research and the dangers posed by animal extremism. His op/eds have appeared in The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Des Moines Register, and elsewhere. Conn consults with organizations that are influenced by animal extremism and with universities and companies facing challenges from these groups.

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, USA

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