Sodium Hunger: The Search for a Salty Taste

Sodium Hunger: The Search for a Salty Taste

by Jay Schulkin
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Cambridge University Press


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Sodium Hunger: The Search for a Salty Taste

The phenomenon of sodium hunger was discovered by Curt Richter, the great American psychobiologist, over fifty years ago, and has since been the source of intense study by naturalists, psychologists, endocrinologists, physiologists, and neuroscientists. In this account, Professor Schulkin uses hunger for sodium as a model system in which to study how the brain produces motivated behavior. He offers a systematic account of the behavior of the sodium hungry animal and explores the endocrinological and physiological mechanisms that maintain sodium balance and then act on the brain to promote the search for and the ingestion of salt. Finally, the book provides a description of a neural network that orchestrates the behavior of salt seeking and salt ingestion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521353687
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/16/1992
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Salt seeking behaviour; Hormonal regulation of salt intake; Gustatory contribution to salt intake; Physiological factors in the control of salt intake; Neural circuits underlying salt intake; Conclusion; Appendix; References; Index.

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