Jill B. Becker

Jill B. Becker is Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan.

  • Behavioral Endocrinology, Second Edition

    Behavioral Endocrinology, Second Edition

    Jill B. Becker, S. Marc Breedlove, David Crews, and Margaret M. McCarthy

    This popular behavioral endocrinology text provides detailed information on what hormones are, how they affect cells, and how such effects can alter the behavior of animals, including humans. Presenting a broad continuum of levels of analysis, from molecular to evolutionary, the book discusses how genes work, the structure of cells, the interactions of endocrine organs, the behavior of individuals, the structure of social hierarchies, and the evolution of mating systems.

    The second edition, while maintaining the strengths of the first edition, has been thoroughly revised to reflect recent developments in genetics and molecular biology and related social concerns. It contains four new chapters: on the use of molecular biology techniques in behavioral endocrinology, on psychoneuroimmunology, on hormonal influences on sensorimotor function, and on cognitive function in nonhuman animals.

    • Hardcover $135.00
    • Paperback $70.00
  • Behavioral Endocrinology

    Behavioral Endocrinology

    Jill B. Becker, S. Marc Breedlove, and David Crews

    Behavioral Endocrinology addresses a major area within the field of biological psychology, presenting an up-to-date, comprehensive survey of basic concepts in the field at the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level. It is unique in providing a comparative approach that draws on literature from both vertebrate and invertebrate systems, and in offering a broad analysis that spans levels from the molecular to the evolutionary. Sixteen chapters written by experts in their respective disciplines cover such topics as sexual behavior, courtship behavior, parental behavior, aggression, stress response, cognitive function in humans, ingestive behaviors, and biological rhythms. Each topic is first discussed in general and then supported by detailed examples that illustrate the main points. Over the past 50 years the field of behavioral endocrinology has emerged as the study of how hormones alter behavior and how behavior affects hormone release. Opinions abound as to whether women's intellectual abilities are affected by their menstrual cycle, whether people are "born with" a homosexual orientation, whether hormones force men to be promiscuous, or whether athletes taking anabolic steroids can become dangerously aggressive. Following a review of the principles of hormone action and basic neuroscience, Behavioral Endocrinology provides a solid, scientific view of what the important issues and complications are for all of these questions and many others.

    Contributors Michael J. Baum, Jill B. Becker, Eliot Brenowitz, S. Marc Breedlove, C. Sue Carter, David Crews, John Dark, Stephen E. Glickman, Elizabeth Hampson, Darcy B. Kelley, Doreen Kimura, Edward P. Monaghan, Lawrence P. Morin, Jay S. Rosenblatt, Robert M. Sapolsky, Rae Silver, Edward M. Stricker, James W. Truman, Joseph G. Verbalis

    • Hardcover $68.00
    • Paperback $54.00