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Nerve Cells and Animal Behaviour / Edition 3
     

Nerve Cells and Animal Behaviour / Edition 3

by Peter Simmons
 

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ISBN-10: 0521728487

ISBN-13: 2900521728484

Pub. Date: 06/30/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

An extensively revised third edition of this introduction to neuroethology - the neuronal basis of animal behaviour - for zoology, biology and psychology undergraduate students. The book focuses on the roles of individual nerve cells in behaviour, from simple startle responses to complex behaviours such as route learning by rats and singing by crickets and birds.

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An extensively revised third edition of this introduction to neuroethology - the neuronal basis of animal behaviour - for zoology, biology and psychology undergraduate students. The book focuses on the roles of individual nerve cells in behaviour, from simple startle responses to complex behaviours such as route learning by rats and singing by crickets and birds. It begins by examining the relationship between brains and behaviour, and showing how study of specialised behaviours reveals neuronal mechanisms that control behaviour. Information processing by nerve cells is introduced using specific examples, and the establishing roles of neurons in behaviour is described for a predator-prey interaction, toads versus cockroaches. New material includes: vision by insects, which describes sensory filtering; hunting by owls and bats, which describes sensory maps; and rhythmical movements including swimming and flying, which describes how sequences of movements are generated. Includes stunning photographs which capture the detail of the behaviour.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900521728484
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2010
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
292

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Organisation of animal behaviour and of brains: feeding in star-nosed moles and courtship in fruit flies 1

2 Signals in nerve cells: reflexes in mammals and insects 21

3 Neuronal mechanisms for releasing behaviour: predator and prey - toad and cockroach 44

4 Neuronal pathways for behaviour: startle behaviours and giant neurons in crayfish and fish 60

5 Eyes and vision: sensory filtering and course control in insects 90

6 Sensory maps: hunting by owls and bats 126

7 Programmes for movement how nervous systems generate and control rhythmic movements 160

8 Changes in nerve cells and behaviour: learning in bees and rats; swarming in locusts 193

9 Nerve cells and animal signalling: songs of crickets, electric fish and birds 222

References 262

Index 280

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