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The Neurobiology of Parental Behavior

The Neurobiology of Parental Behavior (Hardback)

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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.

Medical & VeterinaryBrances of medicineNeurology & clinical neurophysiologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyPsychological theory & schools of thoughtBehavioural theory & BehaviourismScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesZoology & animal sciencesAnimal behaviour Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc. Publication Date: 11/06/2003 ISBN-13: 9780387004983  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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