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

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 14/05/2018
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Mice are used as model organisms across a wide range of fields in science today--but it is far from obvious how studying a mouse in a maze can help us understand human problems like alcoholism or anxiety. How do scientists convince funders, fellow scientists, the general public, and even themselves that animal experiments are a good way of producing knowledge about the genetics of human behavior? In Model Behavior, Nicole C. Nelson takes us inside an animal behavior genetics laboratory to examine how scientists create and manage the foundational knowledge of their field.

Behavior genetics is a particularly challenging field for making a clear-cut case that mouse experiments work, because researchers believe that both the phenomena they are studying and the animal models they are using are complex. These assumptions of complexity change the nature of what laboratory work produces. Whereas historical and ethnographic studies traditionally portray the laboratory as a place where scientists control, simplify, and stabilize nature in the service of producing durable facts, the laboratory that emerges from Nelson's extensive interviews and fieldwork is a place where stable findings are always just out of reach. The ongoing work of managing precarious experimental systems means that researchers learn as much--if not more--about the impact of the environment on behavior as they do about genetics. Model Behavior offers a compelling portrait of life in a twenty-first-century laboratory, where partial, provisional answers to complex scientific questions are increasingly the norm.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226546087
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 226 x 152 x 15 mm


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"Scientists are accustomed to investigating the natural world and to drawing conclusions about it. In Model Behavior, historian of science Nicole Nelson turns the spotlight on them for a change. Like an anthropologist facing a new tribe, Nelson focuses her keen analytical mind on a US team researching the genetics of alcoholism in mice. The result is a stimulating and challenging exploration of science, and of how social scientists think about science. Everybody wins."--New Scientist
"An eminently readable ethnography, which historians of medicine and biology will find useful and illuminating. . . . Model Behavior's engaging accounts of experimentation, analyses of linguistic conventions, remix of constructionist analytic methods, and thirty-page chapters would all lend themselves nicely to the classroom. Overall, Nelson provides scholars with a refreshing model for balancing a highly detailed local account with broader intellectual implications, with value for scholars in STS, the history of biology, the history of medicine, and, very likely, for the scientists who are themselves working to understand the bases of psychiatric disorders."--Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences

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