The Neurobiology of Parental Behavior

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Juni 2003



In addition to filling a need within the field of parental behavior,
this book contributes importantly to the growing area of emotional and
motivational neuroscience. A major part of neuroscience research at
the whole organism level has been focused on cognitive neuroscience,
with an emphasis on the neurobiology of learning and memory, but there
has been a recent upsurge in research which is attempting to define
the neural basis of basic motivational and emotional systems which
regulate such behaviors as food intake, aggression, reproduction,
reward-seeking behaviors, and anxiety-related behaviors.
In this book the emphasis is on the research findings obtained from
rodents, sheep and primates. The authors' goal, of course, was to
provide a foundation that may help us understand the neurobiology of
human parental behavior. Indeed, the last chapter attempts to
integrate the non-human research data with some human data in order to
make some inroads toward an understanding of postpartum depression,
child abuse, and child neglect. Clearly, motivational and emotional
neuroscience has close ties to psychiatry, and this connection will be
very evident in the final chapter. By understanding the neurobiology
of parental behavior we are also delving into neurobiological factors
which may have an impact on core human characteristics involved in
sociality, social attachment, nurturing behavior, and love. In this
very violent world, it is hard to conceive of a group of
characteristics that are more worthy of study.


Introduction. - Hormonal and Nonhormonal Basis of Maternal Behavior. - Experiential Factors Influencing Maternal Behavior. - Motivational Models of the Onset and Maintenance of Maternal Behavior and Maternal Agression. - Neuroanatomy of Maternal Behavior. - Neurochemistry and Molecular Biology of Maternal Behavior. - Paternal Behavior. - Neural Basis of Parental Behavior Revisited. - Human Implications.


From the reviews:
"What Numan and Insel have produced is a clearly-written text explaining how maternal motivation and behaviour are regulated by neurobiological systems, and how these systems are themselves regulated by genes and environments that differ between females and therefore yield variation in maternal behaviour and offspring development. ... The study of behavioural causation is fascinating and vitally important, and reading this book should inspire many a PhD student, including in primatology, to want to conduct their doctoral research in this field." (Christopher Pryce, Primate Eye, June, 2005)
EAN: 9780387004983
ISBN: 038700498X
Untertitel: 2003. Auflage. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2003
Seitenanzahl: 418 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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