Methods in Neuroethological Research

  • Hiroto Ogawa
  • Kotaro Oka

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Behavioral Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Yuki Tsukada, Ikue Mori
      Pages 3-13
    3. Yukihisa Matsumoto, Jean-Christophe Sandoz, Martin Giurfa
      Pages 15-35
  3. Electrophysiology

  4. Optical Recording Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Hiroto Ogawa, John P. Miller
      Pages 71-87
  5. Optogenetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Azusa Kamikouchi, André Fiala
      Pages 103-114
  6. Molecular Biological Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Kazuhiro Wada, Chun-Chun Chen, Erich D. Jarvis
      Pages 133-149
    3. Dai Hatakeyama, Sascha Tierling, Takashi Kuzuhara, Uli Müller
      Pages 151-171
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 173-175

About this book


The rapid progress of neuroscience in the last decade can be largely attributed to significant advances in neuroethology, a branch of science that seeks to understand the neural basis of natural animal behavior. Novel approaches including molecular biological techniques, optical recording methods, functional anatomy, and informatics have brought drastic changes in how the neural systems underlying high-level behaviors such as learning and memory are described. This book introduces recent research techniques in neuroethology, with diverse topics involving nematodes, insects, and vertebrates (birds, mice and primates), divided into sections by research method. Each section consists of two chapters written by different authors who have developed their own unique approaches. Reports of research in “model animals” including C. elegans, Drosophila, and mice, which were not typical specimens in conventional neuroethology, have been deliberately selected for this book because a molecular genetic approach to these animals is necessary for advances in neuroethology. Novel methodology including optical recording and functional labeling with reporter genes such as GFP has been actively used in recent neurobiological studies, and genetic manipulation techniques such as optogenetics also are powerful tools for understanding the molecular basis of neural systems for animal behavior. This book provides not only these new strategies but also thought-provoking statements of philosophy in neuroethology for students and young researchers in the biological sciences.



Behavioral analysis Electrophysiology Imaging Optical Recording Optogenetics Research techniques Two-Photon

Editors and affiliations

  • Hiroto Ogawa
    • 1
  • Kotaro Oka
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesHokkaido University Faculty of ScienceSapporoJapan
  2. 2.Dept of Biosciences and InformaticsKeio University Faculty of Science and TechnologyYokohamaJapan

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