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Peter Simmons , David Young
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27 May 2010 0521728487 978-0521728485 3
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.

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521728487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521728485
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This introduction is easy to read and makes the book accessible to anyone with at least a basic understanding of biology who wants to be introduced to neuroethology. Nerve Cells and Animal Behaviour is a great introduction to behavioral science."
Nicolas Dray, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

"Throughout, the prose is lively and the discussions of even complex phenomena are lucid. The figures are carefully crafted to be clear and uncluttered, and there are just enough of them to keep the explanations moving along. Nerve Cells and Animal Behaviour is an interesting and pleasant read that conveys the thrill of studying the neural basis of animal behavior; it would be ideal for triggering interesting discussions in a relatively small biology or psychology course.
William B. Kristan, Jr., The Quarterly Review of Biology

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For advanced zoology or biology undergraduates, an up-to-date introduction to neuroethology – how nervous systems control behaviour. New in this edition are the treatments of the functions of nerve cells. Topics include: startle behaviours; vision and hearing, learning by bees and rats; and singing in crickets and birds.

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This book is a very good summary of the principles behind nervous systems. I would recommend reading it as an introduction as it condenses the key concepts into a few pages without bombarding you with lots of confusing facts like a lot of other big textbooks do. The examples it gives are useful as illustrations of the principles it describes. It would also be a useful book for revision come exam time, as it would give the general overview that is needed to string all the facts being learnt together into a useful picture! Definately worth the money (for once)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good price 22 Sep 2013
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It was what I was looking for, good price, it was a little battered, but it was still in good condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard but interesting 22 Aug 2010
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I had to buy this book for school. It has a number of articles on neurologic aspects of behavior written by different authors. The material might be hard to understand to somebody without a biology background.
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