Methods of Behavior Analysis in Neuroscience, Second Edition

Jerry J. Buccafusco

October 29, 2008 by CRC Press
Reference - 360 Pages - 87 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420052343 - CAT# 52349
Series: Frontiers in Neuroscience


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  • Features widely accepted behavioral paradigms used most frequently by behavioral neuroscientists
  • Demonstrates how each behavioral task can be reproduced in the laboratory
  • Assesses the behavior of zebra fish and c. elegans, two non-traditional animal models rapidly gaining importance in neuroscience and in drug development
  • Provides an efficient mechanism for choosing and implementing the appropriate tasks for an application
  • Requires no prior training in animal behavior or behavioral science
  • Incorporates methods specific to animal subjects ranging from invertebrates through non-human primates


Behavioral techniques used in animals to model human diseases and predict effects of novel drugs are as varied as the numbers of scientists who use them. Consequently, behavioral analysis is becoming an increasingly indispensable tool for the neuroscientist as information gained at the molecular and cellular level is put into practice in fully behaving animal subjects.

Uses Animal Behavior Models to Examine Effects of Therapeutic Treatments on Human Cognition

With contributions from more than 40 field specialists, Methods of Behavioral Analysis in Neuroscience reflects six years worth of updates to its first bestselling edition and elucidates new behavioral approaches that are quickly becoming field standards. This edition features new material on the relevance of transgenic mouse models for Alzheimer’s disease, behavioral methods for assessing the cognitive impairment associated with major psychotic disorders, the revival of the scopolamine reversal model for assessing the clinical relevance of AD drugs, and approaches to assessing cognitive impairment in aged mice.

Each chapter presents theoretical background, methodology, and data interpretation, and many chapters include real-world examples of experiments that incorporate the models. With step-by-step, easy-to-reproduce methodologies, this sharply focused work covers well-studied behavioral approaches that provide a better understanding of the effects of disease and allow for better predictability of the effects of therapeutic treatments on the human cognition. It takes the guesswork out of designing the methodology for many of the most widely used animal behavioral approaches developed for the study of brain disorders, drug abuse, toxicology, and cognitive drug development.

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