Principles of Behavioral Genetics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123725752, 9780080919898

Principles of Behavioral Genetics

1st Edition

Authors: Robert RH Anholt Trudy Mackay
Paperback ISBN: 9780123725752
eBook ISBN: 9780080919898
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th September 2009
Page Count: 334
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Principles of Behavioral Genetics presents the field of behavioral genetics. It emphasizes unifying principles, which, as a comprehensive discipline, encompasses not only studies of model organisms but the study of people, as well. Along with addressing behavior as a consequence of genetics, the book demonstrates the neurobiological and ecological aspects of behavioral genetics. In addition, it discusses evolutionary genetics and gene flow populations in relation to behavioral genetics. The book starts by discussing the history of the young field of behavioral genetics, and it continues with a description of the fundamental functions and the organization of the nervous system. The book goes on to offer basic topics related to quantitative genetic principles, and it focuses on a wide range of commonly studied behaviors, including chemoreception, circadian activity and sleep, social behaviors, locomotion, learning and memory, and addiction. This book will be a valuable resource for future generations of scientists who focus on the field of behavioral genetics.

Key Features

  • Defines the emerging science of behavioral genetics
    Engagingly written by two leading experts in behavioral genetics
    Clear explanations of basic quantitative genetic, neurogenetic and genomic applications to the study of behavior
    Numerous examples ranging from model organisms to non-model systems and humans
    Concise overviews and summaries for each chapter


Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in genetics, neuroscience, or ecology courses on behavior.

Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1: Introduction and Historical Perspective Overview The Rise of the Modern Field of Behavioral Genetics The Modern Evolutionary Synthesis The Rise of Molecular Genetics A Brief History of Neuroscience The Emergence of Behavioral Genetics Summary Study Questions Recommended Reading Chapter 2: Mechanisms of Neural Communication Overview Transmission of Information in the Nervous System The Resting Membrane Potential The Mechanism of the Action Potential Ion Channels, G-protein-coupled Receptors, and Signal Transduction Summary Study Questions Recommended Reading Chapter 3: Functional Organization of the Nervous System Overview The Organization of the Mammalian Nervous System Communication between the Brain and the Periphery Organization of the Nervous System in Insects Neurotransmitters Summary Study Questions Recommended Reading Chapter 4: Measuring Behavior: Sources of Genetic and Environmental Variation Overview Behavioral Assays Controlling Experimental Variation Sources of Variation in Behavior Effects of Mutations on Behavioral Phenotypes Environmental Variation Gene – Environment Correlation and Interaction Summary Study Questions Recommended Reading Chapter 5: Mapping Genotype to Phenotype in Populations Overview Genes in Populations: Random Mating Genes in Populations: Inbreeding Quantitative Genetic Model Summary Study Questions Recommended Reading Chapter 6: Partitioning Phenotypic Variance and Heritability Overview Components of Variance in Random Mating Populations Genotype–Environment Correlation and Interaction Partitioning Phenotypic Variance Heritability : The Concept Controlling and Estimating Environmental Components of Variation Summary Study Questions Recommended Reading Cha


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About the Author

Robert RH Anholt

Affiliations and Expertise

W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, U.S.A.

Trudy Mackay