Neuroethology and Behavioral Physiology

Roots and Growing Points

  • Franz Huber
  • Hubert Markl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. K. D. Roeder’s Impact on Insect Neuroethology

  3. Neural Bases of Motor Systems

  4. Sensory Strategies of Adaptation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Vincent G. Dethier
      Pages 71-77
    3. Jürgen Boeckh, Klaus-Dieter Ernst
      Pages 78-94
    4. Robert R. Capranica, Gary Rose
      Pages 136-152
    5. Howard C. Howland
      Pages 153-163
  5. Neural Development and Behavioral Plasticity

  6. Predator — Prey — Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Hans-Ulrich Schnitzler, Dieter Menne, Rudi Kober, Klaus Heblich
      Pages 235-250
    3. Lee A. Miller
      Pages 251-266
    4. James A. Simmons, Shelley A. Kick
      Pages 267-279
  7. Ecological Aspects of Social Relations and Orientation

  8. Epilogue: Neurobiological Roots and Neuroethological Sprouts

About these proceedings


The investigation of the relationships between a behavior pattern and its underlying sensory and neurophysiological mechanisms in both man and animals dates back well into the last century. However, the concepts and findings of ethology and experimental psychology, together with an improved understanding of how the nervous system is organized and how neurons interact with each other, have only in the last 30 years laid the groundwork for an in-depth analysis. The many technological advances achieved in neurophysiology and neuroanatomy have also played an important role in this. The study of the neuronal bases of behavior - for which the term "neuroethology" has been coined - has thus become one of the central themes of neuroscience. Kenneth David Roeder, who died in 1979, was one of the pioneers of this field of research. It is to him that the contributions in this book are dedicated. K.D. Roeder was among the first to attempt to define the correlation between the natural behavior of an experimental animal and the activity of single sensory and nerve cells. The ques­ tions he asked, his experimental approach, and his fundamental discoveries are pre­ sented in an introductory chapter.


Neuroethologie anatomy cognition nervous system neuroanatomy neurons neurophysiology neuroscience physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Franz Huber
    • 1
  • Hubert Markl
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für VerhaltensphysiologieSeewiesen/StarnbergF.R. Germany
  2. 2.Fakultät für BiologieUniversität KonstanzKonstanzF.R. Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-69273-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-69271-0
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