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Biological Clocks: Effects on Behavior, Health and Outlook $139.00
Editors: Oktav Salvenmoser and Brigitta Meklau
Book Description:
The emerging discipline denominated "chronoecology of behavior" is the result of the interaction between the work of behavioral ecologists and chronobiologists - those who explain biological rhythms on the basis of experimental studies carried out in the laboratory. Since the beginning of this century, this interaction has generated interest in understanding how biological rhythms behave in organisms living in their natural habitat. This approach requires field studies of rest/activity rhythms in order to obtain detailed hour/hour and day/day information about the possible effects of the modulation of certain environmental variables, such as photoperiod, temperature and the lunar sky, which may synchronize and/or mask behavioral activity. This book looks at the behavioral variations in non-human primates and Homo sapiens to find out how the circadian rhythm modulates behavior and in what way social interaction influences the rhythms of circadian activity. This book also analyzes the interaction between the circadian and immune systems, and explores the signal transduction pathways which could participate in this dialogue. The precise knowledge of this interaction might be extremely useful for the understanding of diseases development such as cancer. Other chapters in this book assess the quality of sleep in children and how it affects the rhythmical functions of the body. The comprehensive coverage of this topic is presented together with a general perspective from a child, caregiver and healthcare provider.

Table of Contents:
Preface

Chapter 1. The Human Biological Clock: From Genes to Chronotherapy,
(Michel A. Hofman (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) pp.1-38

Chapter 2. Photosensitivity A Disregarded Attribute To Analyze “Photoperiodic Clocks” (Hubert R. Spieth and Katharina Strauß, University of Bielefeld, Department of Animal Ecology, Morgenbreede, Bielefeld)pp.39-72

Chapter 3. Respiration rhythmic and Quality of Sleep to the Total Wellness and Development of a Child (Jong Yong Abdiel Foo, Stephen James Wilson, Division of Research, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore 169608, and others)pp.73-100

Chapter 4. Circadian Sleep-Wake Rhythms In Preterm Infants(Ronny Geva and Ruth Feldman, The Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, Israel)pp.101-120

Chapter 5. Interactions Between The Circadian And The Immune System: A Framework For The Understanding Of Disease
(Natalia Paladino, Maria Juliana Leone, Leandro P. Casiraghi, Patricia V. Agostino, Diego A. Golombek and Juan J. Chiesa, Chronobiology Laboratory, National University of Quilmes/CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina)pp.121-138

Chapter 6. Chronoecology Of Neotropical Primates: The Spider Monkey Ateles Geoffroyi (Jairo Muñoz-Delgado and María Corsi-Cabrera, Chronoecology and Human Ethology Research-Group. Direction of Neurosciences. National Institute of Psychiatry Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz, Mexico City, and Faculty of Psychology, UNAM, and others)pp.139-162

Chapter 7. On Clocks, Chaos and Cancer: A Biodynamic Approach to Cancer
(Federico Cardona (MD), Wiedemann Parkklinik, Biomedical Research Dept., Markdorf, Germany)pp.163-176

Chapter 8. Klepsydraic Model of Internal Time Representation: Experimental Findings and Analytical Properties (Jiří Wackermann, Dept. of Empirical and Analytical Psychophysics, Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health, Freiburg i.Br., Germany)pp.177-192

Index pp.193-209

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   Binding: ebook
   Pub. Date: 2010
   Pages: pp.209
   ISBN: 978-1-61209-861-6
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