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Hormones and Behavior

Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
Hormones and Behavior Journal.

Hormones and Behavior publishes original research articles, reviews and special issues concerning hormone-brain-behavior relationships, broadly defined. The journal's scope ranges from laboratory and field studies concerning neuroendocrine as well as endocrine mechanisms controlling the development or adult expression of behavior to studies concerning the environmental control and evolutionary significance of hormone-behavior relationships. The journal welcomes studies conducted on species ranging from invertebrates to mammals, including humans.

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  • Estrogen Effects on Traumatic Brain Injury, 1st Edition Mechanisms of Neuroprotection and Repair
    Kelli A. Duncan, Editor, Academic Press, 2015. ISBN: 0128014792
    Bringing together leading researchers and practitioners to explain the basis for their work, methods, and their results, chapters explore what is known about the role of estrogens following damage to the brain. Topics covered include: induction of estrogen response, consequences of estrogen action, and mechanisms underlying estrogen mediated neuroprotection.
  • Brain Aromatase, Estrogens, and Behavior
    Jacques Balthazart and Gregory F. Ball, Editors, Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Estrogens, such as estradiol, can occur in brain as the result of ovarian secretion of the hormone into the blood. In male vertebrates, the testes secrete androgens, such as testosterone, into the blood and this class of steroid hormones can be converted into estrogens in the brain via the action of the enzyme aromatase, which is expressed in the male brain in man species. Finally, estradiol can be synthesized de novo from cholesterol. This book collects chapters by experts in the field that considers how estradiol is synthesized in the brain and what its effects are on a variety of behaviors. Special attention is paid to the enzyme aromatase that is distributed in discrete regions of the brain and is highly regulated in a sex-specific and seasonal-specific manner. Recently it has become clear that estrogens can act in the brain at two very different time scales, one is rather long lasting (days to weeks) and involves the modulation of gene transcription by the hormone-receptor complex. A second mode of action is much quicker and involves the action of estrogens on cell membranes that can result in effects on second messenger systems and ultimately behavior within minutes. Thus this book highlights novel views of estrogen action that are still under-appreciated namely that estrogens have significant effects on the male brain and that they can act on two very different times scales. This volume will be of interest to basic researchers and clinicians interested in the action of estrogens.

  • Brain Development and Sexual Orientation
    Jacques Balthazart, Author, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2012. ISBN: 978-1615044597

    In this fascinating book, Jacques Balthazart presents a simple description of the biological mechanisms that are involved in the determination of sexual orientation in animals and also presumably in humans. Using scientific studies published over the last few decades, he argues that sexual orientation, both homosexual and heterosexual, is under the control of embryonic endocrine and genetic phenomena in which there is little room for individual choice. The author begins with animal studies of the hormonal and neural mechanisms that control the so-called instinctive behaviors and analyzes how this animal work may potentially apply to humans. The book does not focus exclusively on homosexuality, however. Instead, the book acts as a broader guide to the biological basis of sexual orientation, and also discusses important gender differences that may influence sexual orientation. While firmly grounded in the scientific literature, this text is developed for a broader audience and will be of interest to psychologists, researchers, students, and anyone interested in the biological factors that determine our sexuality.

    Features
    * The book features a glossary to guide lay readers through the more scientifically-rigorous research chapters
    * Unlike similar books, this text focuses primarily on animal research and examines how this research may be applied to humans

  • The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction
    Larry Young and Brian Alexander, Authors, Current (Penguin Group), 2012. ISBN: 978-1591845133

    How much control do we have over love? Much less than we like to think. All that mystery, all that poetry, all those complex behaviors sur­rounding human bonding leading to the most life-changing decisions we’ll ever make, are unconsciously driven by a few molecules in our brains.

    How does love begin? How can two strangers come to the conclusion that it would not only be pleasant to share their lives, but that they must share them? How can a man say he loves his wife, yet still cheat on her? Why do others stay in relationships even after the ro­mance fades? How is it possible to fall in love with the “wrong” person? How do people come to have a “type”?

    Physical attraction, jealousy, infidelity, mother-infant bonding—all the behaviors that so often leave us befuddled—are now being teased out of the fog of mystery thanks to today’s social neuroscience. Larry Young, one of the world’s leading experts in the field, and journalist Brian Alexander explain how those findings apply to you.

    Drawing on real human stories and research from labs around the world, The Chemistry Between Us is a bold attempt to create a “grand unified theory” of love. Young and Alexander place their revelations into historical, political, and social contexts. In the pro­cess, they touch on everything from gay marriage to why single-mother households might not be good for society. The Chemistry Between Us offers powerful in­sights into love, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and family life that will prove to be enlightening, contro­versial, and thought provoking.

  • An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology, Fourth Edition
    Randy J. Nelson, Author, Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-87893-620-5
  • The Biology of Homosexuality
    Jacques Balthazart, Editor, Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0199838820

    In this fascinating book, Jacques Balthazart presents a simple description of the biological mechanisms that are involved in the determination of sexual orientation in animals and also presumably in humans. Using scientific studies published over the last few decades, he argues that sexual orientation, both homosexual and heterosexual, is under the control of embryonic endocrine and genetic phenomena in which there is little room for individual choice. The author begins with animal studies of the hormonal and neural mechanisms that control the so-called instinctive behaviors and analyzes how this animal work may potentially apply to humans. The book does not focus exclusively on homosexuality, however. Instead, the book acts as a broader guide to the biological basis of sexual orientation, and also discusses important gender differences that may influence sexual orientation. While firmly grounded in the scientific literature, this text is developed for a broader audience and will be of interest to psychologists, researchers, students, and anyone interested in the biological factors that determine our sexuality.

    (Also available in French from Éditions Mardaga)

  • Photoperiodism: Biological Calendar
    Randy J. Nelson, David L. Denlinger, and David E. Somers, Editors, Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-0195335903
  • Neurobiology of the Parental Brain
    Robert S. Bridges, Editor, Academic Press, Burlington, MA, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-12-374285-8
  • Sex and the Brain
    Gillian Einstein, Editor, The MIT Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-262-05087-6

    This collection of foundational papers on sex differences in the brain traces the development of a much-invoked, fast-growing young field at the intersection of brain and behavior. The reader is introduced to the meaning and nature of sexual dimorphisms, the mechanisms and consequences of steroid hormone action, and the impact of the field on interpretations of sexuality and gender.

    Building on each other in point-counterpoint fashion, the papers tell a fascinating story of an emerging science working out its core assumptions. Experimental and theoretical papers, woven together by editor's introductions, open a window onto knowledge in the making and a vigorous debate between reductionist and pluralist interpreters.

    Five major sections include papers on conceptual and methodological background, central nervous system dimorphisms, mechanisms for creating dimorphisms, dimorphisms and cognition, and dimorphisms and identity. Each section builds from basic concepts to early experiments, from experimental models to humans, and from molecules to mind. Papers by such leading scholars as Arthur Arnold, Frank Beach, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Patricia Goldman-Rakic, Doreen Kimura, Simon LeVay, Bruce McEwen, Michael Merzenich, Bertram O'Malley, Geoffrey Raisman, and Dick Swaab, illustrate a rich blend of perspectives, approaches, methods, and findings.

    Sex and the Brain will show students how a scientific paper can be analyzed from many perspectives, and supply them with critical tools for judging a rapidly emerging science in a contentious area.

  • Handbook of Neurochemistry and Molecular Neurobiology: Behavioral Neurochemistry and Neuroendocrinology
    Jeffrey D. Blaustein, Editor, Springer, 2006. ISBN: 978-0387303628

    The Handbook is intended to be a service to the neuroscience community, to help in finding available and useful information, to point out gaps in our knowledge, and to encourage continued studies. It represents the valuable contributions of the many authors of the chapters and the guidance of the editors and most important, it represents support for research in this discipline. Based on the rapid advances in the years since the second edition.

  • Hormones and Animal Social Behavior
    Elizabeth Adkins-Regan, Author, Princeton University Press, 2005. ISBN: 0-691-09247-8

    A guide to the fascinating connections between animal social behavior and steroid and peptide hormones--a synthesis designed to make it easier for graduate students and researchers to appreciate the excitement, engage in such integrative thinking, and understand the primary literature. Emphasizes concepts and principles, hypothesis testing, and critical thinking.

  • Sexual Differentiation of the Brain
    Akira Matsumoto, Editor, CRC Press, 2000. ISBN: 0849311659
  • Atlas of Endocrine Organs: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
    Akira Matsumoto and Susumu Ishii, Editors, Springer-Verlarg Telos, 1992. ISBN: 0387531580