Event Abstract

The Roots of Neuroethology: Where have all the flowers gone?

  • 1 Cornell University, Neurobiology and Behavior, United States

Neuroethology’s Roots: Impeccably Classic.
The conceptual roots of neuroethology extend back to Darwin. Our guiding principles of our methodologies can be traced to Cajal, Sherrington, von Holst, and importantly, Krough. As a discipline, Neuroethology and our “big brother,” Neuroscience emerged with individual identities during the late 1960s and 1970s.

Neuroethology: So 20th Century?
Arguably, the Golden Age of Neuroethology spans three decades, 1970 to 2000, during which programs expanded, neuroethology textbooks were written, and our society was born with its first meeting in Tokyo, in 1986.
A selective review of what Neuroethology has contributed to Neuroscience.

W(h)ither Neuroethology’s roots in the 21st Century?
Where do we go from here? The difficulties of transitioning Neuroethology’s traditional projects and programs. The real and exciting opportunities to the next generation of neuroethologists.


I thank Peter Narins for inviting me to this conference and to Arthur Popper and his colleagues for hosting it.

Keywords: History, Neuroethology, prosopects

Conference: Tenth International Congress of Neuroethology, College Park. Maryland USA, United States, 5 Aug - 10 Aug, 2012.

Presentation Type: Invited Symposium (only for people who have been invited to a particular symposium)

Topic: Communication

Citation: Hoy RR (2012). The Roots of Neuroethology: Where have all the flowers gone?
. Conference Abstract: Tenth International Congress of Neuroethology. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnbeh.2012.27.00038

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Received: 29 Apr 2012; Published Online: 07 Jul 2012.

* Correspondence: Dr. Ronald R Hoy, Cornell University, Neurobiology and Behavior, Ithaca, NY, 14853, United States, rrh3@cornell.edu