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Hormones and Animal Social Behavior : Monographs in Behavior and Ecology - Elizabeth Adkins-Regan

Hormones and Animal Social Behavior

Monographs in Behavior and Ecology

Paperback Published: 7th August 2005
ISBN: 9780691092478
Number Of Pages: 416

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Research into the lives of animals in their natural environments has revealed a rich tapestry of complex social relationships and previously unsuspected social and mating systems. The evolution of this behavior is increasingly well understood. At the same time, laboratory scientists have made significant discoveries about how steroid and peptide hormones act on the nervous system to shape behavior. An exciting and rapidly progressing hybrid zone has developed in which these two fields are integrated, providing a fuller understanding of social behavior and the adaptive functions of hormones.

This book is a guide to these fascinating connections between animal social behavior and steroid and peptide hormones--a synthesis designed to make it easier for graduate students and researchers to appreciate the excitement, engage in such integrative thinking, and understand the primary literature. Throughout, Elizabeth Adkins-Regan emphasizes concepts and principles, hypothesis testing, and critical thinking. She raises unanswered questions, providing an unparalleled source of ideas for future research. The chapter sequence is by levels of biological organization, beginning with the behavior and hormones of individuals, proceeding to social relationships and systems, and from there to development, behavioral evolution over relatively short time scales, life histories and their evolution, and finally evolution over longer time scales. The book features studies of a wide variety of wild and domestic vertebrates along with some of the most important invertebrate discoveries.

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"Elizabeth Adkins-Regan takes the reader sledding from brain behavior and from hormones to gene expression, up and down through levels of analysis that often change within a single sentence."--Ellen D. Ketterson, Science "Hormones and Animal Social Behavior masterfully achieves Adkins-Regan's goal of integrating behavioral endocrinology with ecological and evolutionary studies... I predict that this outstanding book will soon become a classic in behavioral biology."--Randy J. Nelson, BioScience "Adkins-Regan's book is a timely and very welcome contribution that will be hoped to set the standards for the study of the neuroendocrinological basis of behavior in the wild."--Aldo Poiani, Austral Ecology

List of Illustrations and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Hormonal Mechanismsp. 1
Why Does Social Behavior Need Hormonal Regulation?p. 3
Steroidsp. 4
Steroid Synthesis and Metabolismp. 7
Steroid Measurement and Dynamicsp. 9
Neuropeptides and Prolactinp. 11
Where and How Do Steroids Act to Alter Behavior?p. 13
Steroid Manipulationp. 18
Mechanisms of Peptide Actionp. 19
Multiple Messengers,Multiple Behaviorsp. 20
Hormones,Plasticity,and Developmentp. 21
How the Necessary Control of Steroids by the Environment Is Achieved: The HPG and HPA Axesp. 23
Diversity in Mechanismsp. 29
How "Costly" Are These Hormonal Mechanisms?p. 30
Mating, Fighting, Parenting, and Signalingp. 34
Courtship and Matingp. 34
Individual and Species Variation in Hormone Dependence of Mating Behaviorp. 42
Female Mating Behavior and Sex Differences in Hormone Dependencep. 44
Aggressive Behaviorp. 49
Parental Behaviorp. 52
How Hormones Alter Behavior: Circuits, Networks, and Processesp. 58
Daily and Seasonal Rhythms of Social Behaviorp. 65
Hormones and Signalingp. 71
Hormonal Responses to Signals and Cuesp. 82
Social Relationships and Social Organizationp. 92
Socialityp. 93
Dominancep. 94
Territorialityp. 98
Mating Systemsp. 102
Mate Choicep. 108
Pairbondingp. 112
Parent -Offspring and Sibling Relationshipsp. 117
Cooperative Breeding and Alloparentingp. 122
Conclusionsp. 130
Development of Sexes and Typesp. 131
Sex Determination and Morphological Sexual Differentiationp. 131
Sex Differences in Behavior and Brainsp. 135
Sex Differences Due to Activational Hormone Effectsp. 138
The Organization of Behavioral Sex Differences in Mammalsp. 139
The Direct Genetic Differentiation Hypothesisp. 146
The Development of Sex Differences in Birds: Progress and Puzzlesp. 148
Sexual Differentiation of Behavior in Other Vertebratesp. 155
Do Invertebrates Have Hormonally Organized Sex Differences in Behavior?p. 158
Sex-Changing Fishp. 160
Within-Sex Types (Within-Sex Dimorphism)p. 165
Comparative Overviewp. 172
Evolutionary Change and Species Differencesp. 179
Heritable Phenotypic Variation: Individual Differences and Their Basisp. 179
Reproductive Success and Differential Fitnessp. 187
Responses to Selectionp. 193
Correlated Traits, Hormones,Costs, and Evolutionary Changep. 200
Hormones,Sexes,and Sexual Selectionp. 202
Putting Hormonal Mechanisms in the Foregroundp. 205
Genetic Architecture and Hormonally Based Sexual Dimorphismp. 213
The Perspective from Evolutionary Developmental Biologyp. 214
Species Comparisons in Hormones and Behaviorp. 218
Conclusionsp. 222
Life Stages and Life Historiesp. 224
Life Histories,Fitness,and Hormonesp. 224
Life Stages Prior to Reproductive Maturityp. 226
Onset of Reproductive Maturity: Pubertyp. 233
Aging and Senescencep. 239
Hormones,Social Behavior, and Life History Trade-Offsp. 24
Conclusionsp. 255
Phylogeny:Conservation and Innovationp. 256
Oxytocin Family Peptides and Their Receptorsp. 256
GnRH and Its Receptorsp. 260
Steroid Receptorsp. 263
Steroids and Steroidogenic Enzymesp. 266
Behavioral Phylogeny, Brains, and the Conservation Paradoxp. 269
Steroid-Modulated Vocalizationp. 272
Mating Behaviorp. 276
Parental Behaviorp. 277
Sex Determination and Sexual Differentiationp. 279
Conclusionsp. 283
Afterwordp. 285
Referencesp. 287
Indexp. 365
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ISBN: 9780691092478
ISBN-10: 0691092478
Series: Monographs in Behavior and Ecology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 7th August 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.55  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.6