Model Behavior: Animal Experiments, Complexity, and the Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders (Paperback)Nicole C Nelson (author)
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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
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 226 x 152 x 15 mm
"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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