Behavior and neurobiology

Justin S Rhodes, Tadeusz J. Kawecki

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This chapter presents some of the methods in experimental evolution that can be used to study the evolution of behavior, illustrating how these can be applied toward understanding the origin and mechanisms of behavioral diversity. One method is artificial selection, a powerful tool used to explore the question of how behavior evolves; another is mass selection, which relies on an experimental setup that sorts individuals into groups depending on a particular behavior. An alternative approach for identifying mechanisms of behavioral evolution is to use experimental methods to explore genetics and physiology of real behavioral shifts that occurred among populations or species in nature. The chapter describes how laboratory experimental tools, such as genetic engineering and pharmacology, were used to discover the evolution of mating systems in voles.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExperimental Evolution
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methods, and Applications of Selection Experiments
EditorsTheodore Garland, Michael R Rose
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages38
ISBN (Electronic)9780520944473
ISBN (Print)9780520261808, 9780520247666
StatePublished - Dec 3 2009


  • experimental evolution
  • pharmacology
  • genetic engineering
  • genetics
  • behavioral evolution
  • mass selection
  • artificial selection
  • behavioral diversity
  • behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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