WorldCat Identities

Pfaff, Donald W. 1939-

Overview
Works: 95 works in 483 publications in 4 languages and 17,759 library holdings
Genres: Handbooks and manuals  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: QP251, 155.232
Publication Timeline
.
Most widely held works by Donald W Pfaff
The altruistic brain : how we are naturally good by Donald W Pfaff( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the beginning of recorded history, law and religion have provided "rules" that define good behavior. When we obey such rules, we assign to some external authority the capacity to determine how we should act. Even anarchists recognize the existence of a choice as to whether or not to obey, since no one has seriously doubted that the source of social order resides in our vast ethical systems. Debate has focused only on whose system is best, never for an instant imagining that law, religion, or some philosophical permutation of either was not the basis of prosocial action. The only divergence from this uniform understanding of human society has come from the behavioral sciences, which cite various biological bases for human goodness. Putting aside both ancient and relatively modern ethical systems, neuroscientists, psychologists, and evolutionary biologists have started a revolution more profound than any anarchist ever dreamed of. In essence, these researchers argue that the source of good human behavior - of the benevolence that we associate with the highest religious teachings - emanates from our physical make-up. Our brains, hormones, and genes literally embody our social compasses. In The Altruistic Brain, renowned neuroscientist Donald Pfaff provides the latest, most far-reaching argument in support of this revolution, explaining in exquisite detail how our neuroanatomical structure favors kindness towards others. Unlike any other study in its field, The Altruistic Brain synthesizes all the most important research into how and why - at a purely physical level - humans empathize with one another and respond altruistically. It demonstrates that human beings are "wired" to behave altruistically in the first instance, such that unprompted, spontaneous kindness is our default behavior; such behavior comes naturally, irrespective of religious or cultural determinants. Based on his own research and that of some of the world's most eminent scientists, Dr. Pfaff puts together well-established brain mechanisms into a theory that is at once novel but also easily demonstrable. He further explains how, using psycho-social approaches that are now well understood, we can clear away obstacles to the brain's natural, altruistic inclinations. This is the first book not only to explain why we are naturally good, but to suggest means of making us behave as well as we can. The Altruistic Brain is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the behavioral revolution in science and the promise that it holds for reorienting society towards greater cooperation
Man and woman : an inside story by Donald W Pfaff( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The saga of sex differences in brain and behavior begins with a tiny sperm swimming toward a huge egg, to contribute its tiny Y chromosome plus its copies of the other chromosomes. Genetic, anatomic and physiologic alterations in the male ensue, making his brain and behavior different in specific respects from his sister. Brain-wise, specific cell groups develop differently in males compared to females, in some cases right after birth and in other cases at puberty. But genetics and neuroanatomy do not dominate the scene. Prenatal stress, postnatal stress and lousy treatment at puberty all can affect males and females in different ways. The upshot of all these genetic and environmental factors produces small sex differences in certain abilities and huge sex differences in feelings, in pain and in suffering. Put this all together and the reader will see that biological and cultural influences on gender roles operate at so many different levels to influence behavioral mechanisms that gender role choices are flexible, reversible and non-dichotomous, especially in modern societies."--Jacket
The neuroscience of fair play : why we (usually) follow the Golden rule by Donald W Pfaff( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Many scholars, using anthropology, psychology, and evolution, argue that our ethical and moral life evolved from nature. Distinguished neuroscientist Donald W. Pfaff, Ph. D., takes that proposition a critical step further, right to the basics: brain signals." "In this first book to describe how ethics maybe a hardwired function of the human brain, Pfaff explains how specific brain circuits cause us to consider an action toward another as if it were happening to us, prompting us to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Pfaff presents a rock-solid hypothesis of why humans across time and geography have such similar notions of good and bad, right and wrong."--Jacket
Ethical questions in brain and behavior : problems and opportunities by Donald W Pfaff( Book )

11 editions published in 1983 in English and German and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Physiological mechanisms of motivation by Donald W Pfaff( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hormones, brain, and behavior( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hormones, Brain, and Behavior is a comprehensive work discussing the effect of hormones on the brain and, subsequently, behavior. This five-volume major reference work has 106 chapters covering a broad range of topics with an extensive discussion of the effects of hormones on insects, fish, amphibians, birds, rodents, and humans. To truly understand all aspects of our behavior, we must take every influence (including the hormonal influences) into consideration. Donald Pfaff and a number of well-qualified editors examine and discuss how we are influenced by hormonal factors, offering insight, and information on the lives of a variety of species. Hormones, Brain, and Behavior offers the reader comprehensive coverage of an emerging and prominent field with a state-of-the-art overview of hormonally-mediated behaviors. The set provides unique treatment of all major vertebrate and invertebrate model systems with excellent opportunities for relating behavior to molecular genetics. The topics cover an unusual breadth (from molecules to ecophysiology), ranging from basic science to clinical research, making this reference of interest to a broad range of scientists in a variety of fields. Key Features * Contributors from 16 different countries and more than 70 institutions * Unlike any other hormone reference on the market Hormones, Brain and Behavior addresses hormone effects in all major vertebrate and non-vertebrate models * A timely, current reference on an emerging field with each chapter providing an in-depth exploration of the topic * Discusses molecular aspects of hormone function, systems, development, and hormone-related diseases * Addresses hormone effects in both the developing and adult nervous system Topics include: * Mammalian and Non-mammalian Hormone-behavior Systems * Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Hormone Actions on Behavior * Development of Hormone-dependent Neuronal Systems * Hormone/Behavior Relations of Clinical Importance
Estrogens and brain function : neural analysis of a hormone-controlled mammalian reproductive behavior by Donald W Pfaff( Book )

16 editions published between 1979 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brain arousal and information theory : neural and genetic mechanisms by Donald W Pfaff( Book )

11 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Donald Pfaff argues that, beneath our mental functions and emotional dispositions, a primitive neuronal system governs arousal. Employing the simple but powerful framework of information theory, Pfaff revolutionizes our understanding of arousal systems in the brain. Applying his hypothesis to heightened states of arousal - sex and fear - Pfaff shows us how his theory opens new scientific approaches to understanding the structure of brain arousal. Brain Arousal and Information Theory challenges current thinking about cognition and behavior. Whether you subscribe to Pfaff's theory or not, this book will stimulate debate about the nature of arousal itself."--Jacket
Drive : neurobiological and molecular mechanisms of sexual motivation by Donald W Pfaff( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Principles of hormone/behavior relations by Donald W Pfaff( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces underlying principles of the endocrine regulation of behavior in animals and humans. Every chapter begins by stating a principle, followed by specific examples of hormone actions derived from scientific experiments and clinical observations, and concludes with a few challenging unanswered questions. The reference source Hormones, Brain & Behavior identified this field as rapidly expanding within neurobiology and endocrinology
Reproduction( Book )

6 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taste, olfaction, and the central nervous system : a festschrift in honor of Carl Pfaffmann( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Genetic influences on neural and behavioral functions( Book )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adrenal actions on brain by D Ganten( Book )

8 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sleep, clinical and experimental aspects by D Ganten( Book )

8 editions published in 1982 in 3 languages and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Morphology of hypothalamus and its connections by D Ganten( Book )

9 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Actions of progesterone on the brain by D Ganten( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Handbook of neuroendocrinology by George Fink( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neuroendocrinology, the discipline concerned with how the nervous system controls hormonal secretion and how hormones control the brain, is pivotal to physiology and medicine. Neuroendocrinology has disclosed and underpins fundamental physiological, molecular biological and genetic principles such as the regulation of gene transcription and translation, the mechanisms of chemical neurotransmission and intracellular and systemic feedback control systems. Reproduction, growth, stress, aggression, metabolism, birth, feeding and drinking and blood pressure are some of the bodily functions that are
Hormones and social behavior( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolutionary approach presented in this book provides clues to the relevance of social interactions as part of the natural selection process, for the survival of species, including ours. Proceeding further, as science often does, from the simple to the complex, and taking advantage of the wide pluridisciplinary range of the participants a" coming from fields as diverse as molecular neuroscience, anthropology and psychology a" a final question was raised as to whether biological substrates of complex social behaviors may also be relevant to moral issues characteristic of humans beings (Hauser and Young 2008): for instance, information aiming at decision making is not processed by the brain in the same way, whether or not a given situation is perceived as involving moral dilemmas. In fact, it could be argued that human social behavior mechanisms do not constitute a simple extension of other central nervous system regulatory functions but instead represent and require a different level of analysis. Understanding how social patterns are controlled by the brain may yield new insights into the nature of consciousness: human conscious experience depends upon a person being embedded in a complex social environment. According to this view, rational, moral behavior is a natural product of the human mind operating in social contexts and having been selected for during the process of human evolution
Multiple origins of sex differences in brain : neuroendocrine functions and their pathologies by Donald W Pfaff( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In theoretical terms, sex differences in brain and behavior offer the possibility of fascinating scientific studies on a range of molecular phenomena such as DNA methylation, chromatin protein modification, non-coding DNA, resulting in important neuroanatomical and neurochemical effects. However, this general subject has been treated with much hyperbole. Historically, sex differences were assumed to be present where they did not really exist, e.g. with respect to mathematics, executive leadership, etc. etc. Under what circumstances do we really care about sex differences in brain and behavior? These circumstances concern human maladies whose diagnoses are much different between boys and girls, or between women and men. Prominent examples to be discussed today will include autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The meeting will end with a consideration of effects of estrogenic hormones on the injured brain, and their roles as protective agents
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
0
Audience Level
1
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.35 (from 0.03 for The neuros ... to 0.69 for Morphology ...)

Man and woman : an inside story
Alternative Names
Pfaff, D.

Pfaff, D. 1939-

Pfaff, D. (Donald)

Pfaff, D. (Donald), 1939-

Pfaff, D. W.

Pfaff, D. W. 1939-

Pfaff, D. W. (Donald W.)

Pfaff, D. W. (Donald W.), 1939-

Pfaff Donald

Pfaff, Donald 1939-

Pfaff, Donald W.

Pfaff, Donald Wells 1939-

パフ, D. W

Languages
Covers
The neuroscience of fair play : why we (usually) follow the Golden ruleHormones, brain, and behaviorBrain arousal and information theory : neural and genetic mechanismsDrive : neurobiological and molecular mechanisms of sexual motivationPrinciples of hormone/behavior relationsTaste, olfaction, and the central nervous system : a festschrift in honor of Carl PfaffmannGenetic influences on neural and behavioral functionsHandbook of neuroendocrinologyHormones and social behavior