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LIFE'S REWARDS: LINKING DOPAMINE, INCENTIVE LEARNING, SCHIZOPHRENIA, AND THE MIND

Life's RewardsSince their discovery in the 1960s, brain dopaminergic systems have been studied extensively. Life's Rewards: Linking Dopamine, Incentive Learning, Schizophrenia, and the Mind offers a broad synthesis of current understanding of this neurotransmitter, addressing, amongst other things, its intricate relationship with learning and memory, psychopathology, social co-operation, and drug abuse.

Aimed at students and researchers in neuroscience and psychology, Life's Rewards: Linking Dopamine, Incentive Learning, Schizophrenia, and the Mind by Richard J Beninger is essential reading for anyone interested in the relationship between dopamine and reward-related incentive learning.

 

 

SOCIAL BEHAVIOR FROM RODENTS TO HUMANS - NEURAL FOUNDATIONS AND CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS

Social BehaviorThis compelling volume (editors Markus Wöhr and Sören Krach) provides a broad and accessible overview on the rapidly developing field of social neuroscience. A major goal of the volume is to integrate research findings on the neural basis of social behavior across different levels of analysis from rodent studies on molecular neurobiology to behavioral neuroscience to fMRI imaging data on human social behavior. Contributing authors include Wim CrusioChristianKeysersJaak PankseppSergio Pellis, and Carmen Sandi.

 

 

NEGATIVE AFFECTIVE STATES AND COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS IN NICOTINE DEPENDENCE

Negative AffectiveNegative Affective States and Cognitive Impairments in Nicotine Dependence is the only book of its kind that addresses nicotine use and abuse in the context of negative reinforcement mechanisms. Written and edited by leading investigators in addiction, affective, genetic, and cognitive research (including Scott HallJared Young, and Andre Der-Avakian), it provides researchers and advanced students with an overview of the clinical bases of these effects, allowing them to fully understand the various underlying dysfunctions that drive nicotine use in different individuals. In addition, this book examines animal models that researchers have utilized to investigate the biological bases of these dysfunctions.

The combination of clinical and preclinical approaches to understanding nicotine dependence makes this book an invaluable resource for researchers and practitioners seeking to develop targeted treatments aimed at ameliorating symptoms of nicotine dependence, as well as identifying premorbid differences in affective or cognitive function.

Key Features
• Provides a unique perspective on nicotine dependence that emphasizes negative reinforcement rather than positive reinforcement
• Examines psychiatric comorbidities and alleviation of withdrawal states as motivation for continued tobacco use
• Includes both clinical and preclinical perspectives
• Includes genetic and multi-neurotransmitter perspectives on nicotine use and withdrawal
• Emphasizes heterogeneity of underlying reasons for smoking, the need for multiple animal models to understand this heterogeneity, and the expectation of heterogeneous responses to potential treatments, underscoring the need for personalized therapeutics
Note: This book was actually based upon a symposium presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of IBNS, after which the editors were approached by Elsevier about doing a book on the subject.

HANDBOOK OF ULTRASONIC VOCALIZATION: A WINDOW INTO THE EMOTIONAL BRAIN

HandbookHandbook of Ultrasonic Vocalization is an exhaustive resource on ultrasonic vocalization. In this book, Stefan Brudzynski covers important aspects of emission and biological role of these calls from small rodents to large whales. A large part of the book is focused on expression of emotional states, models of affective disorders, addiction, and studies of other neuropathologies.

In addition, the book covers studies of neuroactive agents and sociopsychological conditions that can regulate the outcome of ultrasonic vocalization and provide clues about animals’ internal states. Critically, the book also includes thorough coverage of pharmacological investigations using ultrasonic vocalizations, increasingly being utilized for studies in affective disorders, psychoses, addiction and alcoholism. No other book provides such extensive coverage of this rapidly growing field of study.


MOLECULAR-GENETIC AND STATISTICAL TECHNIQUES FOR BEHAVIORAL AND NEURAL RESEARCH

Molecular-GeneticThe use of recombinant DNA technologies has greatly shaped neuroscience research over the past few decades, as well as the fields of biotechnology and medicine. Molecular-Genetic and Statistical Techniques for Behavioral and Neural Research provides an informative account of some of the most exciting molecular and recombinant DNA techniques of the 21st century as they are employed for the analysis of brain function and behavior.

In this book, Robert Gerlai begins with an introduction to genomic research, presents numerous molecular and genetic methods and concepts utilized in biomedical research, behavioral and neuroscience studies, and, finally, disease diagnosis and research at a molecular level. With its clear presentation of exciting basic research and translationally relevant techniques, it provides critical information for clinicians, researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates, as well as professors teaching in relevant disciplines.

Key Features
• Introduces the relevant aspects of genomic research and neuroinformatics to neuroscience researchers
• Describes the principal methods used to study brain and behavior
• Considers bioinformatics, genomic research, and molecular biology strategies for phenotypic analysis
• Includes discussion on both forward and reverse genetic approaches and genetic animal models of human diseases, and a section on ethical concerns arising from these methods and their applications

 


WELLGROUNDED: THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF RATIONAL DECISIONS

A neuroscientist reveals unique aspects of decision making and the best strategies for protecting and enhancing the brain’s ability to navigate life’s uncertainties.
Contingency calculations—the ability to predict the outcomes of decisions and actions—are critical for survival and success. Our amazing brains continually process past and current experiences to enable us to make the most adaptive choices. But when the brain’s information systems are compromised—by such varying conditions as drug addiction, poverty, mental illness, or even privilege—we can lose the ability to arrive at informed decisions.

In this book, behavioral neuroscientist Kelly Lambert explores a variety of the modern factors that can lead to warped neural processing, or distorted realities she terms “brain bubbles.” Individuals who define success in terms of creature comforts and immediate gratification, for instance, may interact less with the physical and social world and thereby dull their ability to imagine varied contingency scenarios. Lambert underscores how continuous, meaningful, and well-grounded experiences are required if we are to make the best decisions throughout our lives.