Publisher: Academic Press
Genes, Brain Function, and Behavior offers a concise description of the nervous system that processes sensory input and initiates motor movements. It reviews how behaviors are defined and measured, and how experts decide when a behavior is perturbed and in need of treatment. Behavioral disorders that are clearly related to a defect in a specific gene are reviewed, and the challenges of understanding complex traits such as intelligence, autism and schizophrenia that involve numerous genes and environmental factors are explored. New methods of altering genes offer hope for treating or even preventing difficulties that arise in our genes. This book explains what genes are, what they do in the nervous system, and how this impacts both brain function and behavior.
Presents essential background, facts, and terminology about genes, brain function, and behavior
Builds clear explanations on this solid foundation while minimizing technical jargon
Explores in depth several single-gene and chromosomal neurological disorders
Derives lessons from these clear examples and highlights key lessons in boxes
Examines the intricacies of complex traits that involve multiple genetic and environmental factors by applying lessons from simpler disorders
Explains diagnosis and definition