From Genes to Animal Behavior

Social Structures, Personalities, Communication by Color

  • Miho Inoue-Murayama
  • Shoji Kawamura
  • Alexander Weiss

Part of the Primatology Monographs book series (PrimMono)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Sexual and Kin Selection in Animals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jörns Fickel, Alexandra Weyrich
      Pages 3-33
    3. Emmi Schlicht, Bart Kempenaers
      Pages 35-65
  3. Evolutionary Bases and Practical Implications of Animal Personality and Temperament

  4. Molecular Genetic Bases of Personality and Temperament

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Miho Inoue-Murayama, Alexander Weiss, Naruki Morimura, Masayuki Tanaka, Juichi Yamagiwa, Gen’ichi Idani
      Pages 239-253
  5. Evolution of Coloration and Visual Opsin Genes in Vertebrates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Yohey Terai, Norihiro Okada
      Pages 311-328
  6. Chemical and Neural Probes for Studying Social Behaviors

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 407-413

About this book


The biological and genetic bases of behavioral diversity have long been topics of study within many disciplines, including evolutionary biology, genetics, ethology, sociobiology, and comparative psychology, but only relatively recently have attempts been made to bring these different approaches together. This volume covers a wide range of interdisciplinary research which uses some of the newest and most promising methods and technologies. Presented here is an overview of findings in the ongoing search for the ultimate causes of behavior in several different species, including primates, dogs, rodents, birds, and fish. Divided into five parts, the work describes research on sexual and kin selection, personality and temperament, molecular genetics of personality, color vision and body coloration, and the neurological underpinnings of complex behaviors. Valuable for researchers as well as graduate students in a wide range of fields from neuroscience to ecology, the book is also useful to those seeking to move beyond the boundaries of their own discipline and to expand their knowledge.

Editors and affiliations

  • Miho Inoue-Murayama
    • 1
  • Shoji Kawamura
    • 2
  • Alexander Weiss
    • 3
  1. 1.Wildlife Research CenterKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Integrated Biosciences Graduate School of Frontier SciencesThe University of TokyoKashiwaJapan
  3. 3.Psychology School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language SciencesThe University of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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