Nerve Cells and Animal Behaviour / Edition 3

Nerve Cells and Animal Behaviour / Edition 3

by Peter Simmons, David Young
     
 

ISBN-10: 052189977X

ISBN-13: 9780521899772

Pub. Date: 05/27/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Extensively revised, the third edition of this introduction to neuroethology -the neuronal basis of animal behaviour- is written for zoology, biology and psychology students. It 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 by birds. The

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Extensively revised, the third edition of this introduction to neuroethology -the neuronal basis of animal behaviour- is written for zoology, biology and psychology students. It 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 by birds. The text begins by examining the relationship between brains and behaviour and shows how study of specialised behaviours reveals neuronal mechanisms that control behaviour. Information processing by nerve cells is introduced using specific examples, and how the roles of neurons in behaviour are established is described for a predator-prey interaction, toads versus cockroaches. Much new material is included in chapters: on vision by insects, which describes sensory filtering; on hunting by owls and bats, which describes sensory maps; and on rhythmical movements including swimming and flying.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521899772
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/27/2010
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

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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