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Model Behavior: Animal Experiments, Complexity, and the Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders

Nicole C. Nelson


This book examines how researchers establish and manage the intellectual justifications for animal modeling work, and how assumptions about the complexity of animals and of behavior shape this process. Mice are one of the most widely used model organisms in science today, but it is far from obvious how studying a mouse in a maze can help us understand human alcoholism or anxiety. Making the case that mouse experiments are useful is especially challenging in behavior genetics, where researchers believe that both the psychiatric phenomena they are studying and the animal models they are using ar ... More

Keywords: animal models, model organisms, genetics, psychiatry, complexity, laboratory ethnography, behavior genetics, anxiety, alcoholism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226545929
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226546117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicole C. Nelson, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison