Mammalian Parenting

Mammalian Parenting : Biochemical, Neurobiological and Behavioural Determinants

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Parenting behaviour, the subject of this volume, is one of the most characteristic features of the class "mammalia". Because this behaviour regulates the care and nourishment necessary for the survival of newborns, modern biological theory looks upon parenting as an evolutionary strategy. Until recently, however, definitive information on the biological bases of parenting was not available. In this volume, the editors bring together a group of researchers who present state-of-the-art findings on the biochemical, neurobiological and behavioural regulation of parental behaviour in mammals. Using a comparative approach, the contributors address the question central to this book: to what extent is parenting in mammals, including humans, biologically regulated? The answer to this question, while incomplete, is that certain common neural and biological mechanisms may regulate parenting in all mammals, and that the specific behavioural responses of the organism are tuned by environmental, genetic and developmental events interacting with biological and anatomical substrates of that species.
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  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 15.2mm | 340.2g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line drawings, tables
  • 0195056000
  • 9780195056006

Table of contents

Norman A. Krasnegor: Biological and behavioral determinants of parenting in mammals: An introduction; Part I. Four perspectives on parental behavior: Leon Eisenberg: The biosocial context of parenting in human families; Martin Daly: Evolutionary theory and parental motives; Jay S. Rosenblatt: Landmarks in the physiological study of maternal behavior with special reference to the rat; Roger A. Gorski: Structural sexual dimorphisms in the brain: implications for parental behavior; Part II. Biochemical correlates of parenting: Robert S. Bridges: Endocrine regulation of parenting behavior in rats; Bruce B. Svare: Maternal aggression: hormonal, genetic, and developmental determinants; Pascal Poindron, & Frederic Levy: Physiological, sensory, and experimental determinants of maternal behavior in sheep and goats; C.L. Coe: Psychobiology of parental behavior in nonhuman primates; Alison S. Fleming: Hormonal and experiential correlates of maternal responsiveness in human mothers; Michelle P. Warren, & Barbara Shortle: Endocrine correlates of human parenting: a clinical perspective; Part III. Neurobiological correlates of parenting: Michael Numan: Neural control of maternal behavior; Thomas R. Insel: Oxytocin and maternal behavior; E. Barry Keverne, & K.M. Kendrick: Neurochemical changes accompanying parturition and their significance for maternal behavior; Barbara K. Modney, & Glenn I. Hatton: Motherhood modifies magnocellular neuronal interrelationships in functionally meaningful ways; C.E. Grosvenor, G.V. Shah, & W.R. Crowley: Role of neurogenic stimuli and milk production in the regulation of prolactin secretion during lactation; Part IV. Biobehavioral correlatesof parenting: Craig H. Kinsley: Prenatal and postnatal influences upon parental behavior in rodents; Susan A. Brunelli, & Myron A. Hofer: Parental behavior in juvenile rats: environmental and biological determinants; M. Leon, R. Coopersmith, L.J. Beasley, & R.*M. Sullivan: The role of mother-young contact in maternal care; Jeffrey R. Alberts, & David J. Gubernick: Functional organization of dyadic and triadic parent-offspring systems; Warren G. Holmes: Parent-offspring recognition in mammals: a proximate and ultimate perspective; M.W. Yogman: Male parental behavior in humans and nonhuman primates; Part V. Future directions in research research on mammalian parenting
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About N. A. Krasnegor

Norman A. Krasnegor is Chief of the Human Learning and Behavior Branch, Center for Mothers and Children, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. Robert S. Bridges is Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Harvard Medical School.
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