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- DescriptionWhat arouses an animal or human from an inactive, nresponsive state to a condition of activity and responsiveness? What are the biological mechanisms for this change? In this book Donald W. Pfaff focuses on a reproductive behavior typical of many female animals. Sensory stimuli from the male trigger responses in a well-defined circuit of nerve cells. At the top of the circuit, certain nerve cells receive and retain sex hormones such as estrogens and progesterone. As a result, specific genes in these nerve cells are turned on at specific times, affecting in turn the rest of the neural circuit and causing a state of sexual responsiveness.According to Pfaff, the biological bases for the most primitive human drives are largely explained by mechanisms uncovered in animal brains that have t changed in their fundamental properties over millions of years of evolution. Focusing on a single instinctive behavior, in this case the sex drive, is an important step toward understanding the biological reasons for the change from unmotivated to motivated animal behavior.
- Author BiographyDavid D. Laitin is a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.
- Author(s)Professor Donald W. Pfaff
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication09/11/1999
- SubjectLife Sciences: General
- Series TitleCellular and Molecular Neuroscience
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note116
- Weight612 g
- Width178 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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