An Introduction to Neuroendocrinology / Edition 1

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Overview

Neuroendocrinology is a multidisciplinary subject on the interaction between the brain and endocrine system and the influence of this interaction on the behavior of animals and humans. This book is designed as an introductory text in neuroendocrinology. It outlines the basics of endocrinology, including the endocrine glands, the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, and their interactions. It also describes the action of neurotransmitters in the nervous system, the action of neuropeptides as chemical messengers, and the interaction among hormones, neurotransmitters, and neuropeptides. It also introduces the important new field of neuro-endocrine-immunology and contains a chapter on behavioral neuroendocrinology. The level of presentation is suitable for undergraduates who have completed introductory biology or psychology classes, and each chapter contains review questions based on material in that chapter and essay questions for further in-depth study.

This book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: David H. Sarne, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a new book describing the relationship between the brain and the endocrine system and their role in controlling behavior.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an introduction to the interaction between neurotransmitters and hormones and their relationship to the control of behavior.
Audience: This book is targeted for introductory students in the neurosciences and physiological psychology. It is appropriate for students at this level but would be of limited usefulness for more advanced students.
Features: The book includes numerous clear diagrams. A number of comprehensive tables are especially helpful in summarizing the actions of the neurotransmitters. The references are dated, with all primary references at least three years old.
Assessment: This is a useful book for introductory students in the neurosciences. The first chapters provide basic information on the synthesis, regulation, and mechanisms of action of hormones and neurotransmitters. The remainder of the text clearly describes the interaction between neurotransmitters and hormones and their relationship with animal behaviors. The book also contains an extensive discussion of the interaction of the immune system with the brain and endocrine systems. The book is of limited usefulness for more advanced students, because it provides only limited information about the molecular biology of hormone action and regulation, and the references are not sufficiently current.
David H. Sarne
This is a new book describing the relationship between the brain and the endocrine system and their role in controlling behavior. The purpose is to provide an introduction to the interaction between neurotransmitters and hormones and their relationship to the control of behavior. This book is targeted for introductory students in the neurosciences and physiological psychology. It is appropriate for students at this level but would be of limited usefulness for more advanced students. The book includes numerous clear diagrams. A number of comprehensive tables are especially helpful in summarizing the actions of the neurotransmitters. The references are dated, with all primary references at least three years old. This is a useful book for introductory students in the neurosciences. The first chapters provide basic information on the synthesis, regulation, and mechanisms of action of hormones and neurotransmitters. The remainder of the text clearly describes the interaction between neurotransmitters and hormones and their relationship with animal behaviors. The book also contains an extensive discussion of the interaction of the immune system with the brain and endocrine systems. The book is of limited usefulness for more advanced students, because it provides only limited information about the molecular biology of hormone action and regulation, and the references are not sufficiently current.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521426657
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Classification of the chemical messengers; 2. The endocrine glands and their hormones; 3. The pituitary gland and its hormones; 4. The hypothalamic hormones; 5. Neurotransmitters; 6. Neurotransmitter control of hypothalamic, pituitary and other hormones; 7. Regulation of hormone synthesis, storage, release, transport and deactivation; 8. Regulation of hormone levels in the bloodstream; 9. Steroid and thyroid receptors; 10. Receptors for peptide hormones, neuropeptides and neurotransmitters; 11. Neuropeptides I: classification, synthesis, and colocalization with classical neurotransmitters; 12. Neuropeptides II: neuropeptide function; 13. Lymphokines and the interaction between the neuroendocrine and immune systems; 14. Methods for the study of behavioural neuroendocrinology; 15. An overview of behavioural neuroendocrinology: present, future and past; References; Index.

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