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Behavioral Neuroscience of Motivation

  • Eleanor H. Simpson
  • Peter D. Balsam
  • The most comprehensive and up to date book covering the neurobiology of motivation

  • The neurobiology of motivation in both health and disease will be equally covered by including research findings from healthy subjects, humans and other animals, as well as research involving clinical patients and animal models of disease processes

  • Focus on translational crossover provided by clinical and pre-clinical researchers in the field


Part of the Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences book series (CTBN, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Stephen C. Woods, Denovan P. Begg
    Pages 15-34
  3. Ana Maria Magariños, Donald Pfaff
    Pages 35-49
  4. Heather K. Caldwell, H. Elliott Albers
    Pages 51-103
  5. M. J. F. Robinson, A. M. Fischer, A. Ahuja, E. N. Lesser, H. Maniates
    Pages 105-136
  6. Michael C. Antle, Rae Silver
    Pages 137-169
  7. Vincent D. Campese, Robert M. Sears, Justin M. Moscarello, Lorenzo Diaz-Mataix, Christopher K. Cain, Joseph E. LeDoux
    Pages 171-195
  8. John D. Salamone, Marta Pardo, Samantha E. Yohn, Laura López-Cruz, Noemí SanMiguel, Mercè Correa
    Pages 231-257
  9. A. David Redish, Nathan W. Schultheiss, Evan C. Carter
    Pages 313-333
  10. L. Felice Reddy, William P. Horan, Michael F. Green
    Pages 357-373
  11. Paul J. Meyer, Christopher P. King, Carrie R. Ferrario
    Pages 473-506
  12. Michael M. Barrus, Mariya Cherkasova, Catharine A. Winstanley
    Pages 507-529

About this book


This volume covers the current status of research in the neurobiology of motivated behaviors in humans and other animals in healthy condition. This includes consideration of the psychological processes that drive motivated behavior and the anatomical, electrophysiological and neurochemical mechanisms which drive these processes and regulate behavioural output. The volume also includes chapters on pathological disturbances in motivation including apathy, or motivational deficit as well as addictions, the pathological misdirection of motivated behavior. As with the chapters on healthy motivational processes, the chapters on disease provide a comprehensive up to date review of the neurobiological abnormalities that underlie motivation, as determined by studies of patient populations as well as animal models of disease. The book closes with a section on recent developments in treatments for motivational disorders.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Eleanor H. Simpson
    • 1
  • Peter D. Balsam
    • 2
  1. 1.New York State Psychiatric InstituteColumbia University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Barnard CollegeColumbia University Barnard CollegeNew YorkUSA

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