The Oxford Encyclopedia of Neuroendocrine and Autonomic Systems

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Neuroendocrine and Autonomic Systems

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Neuroendocrine and Autonomic Systems provides a peer-reviewed scholarly overview of neuroendocrinology and the autonomic nervous system designed to keep scholars, researchers, and practitioners up-to-date with this evolving field. With contributions from experts across the globe, the volume offers an authoritative review of the foundational theories, methods, and research topics in this vibrant field of neuroscience research.

The volume covers fundamental research that shapes the field of neuroendocrine and autonomic systems, including behavioral neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology, autonomic regulation, stress and the brain, and the biological rhythms of hunger, thirst, and sleep. Article topics include microglia and chronic pain, hormones and animal communication, the hypocretin arousal network, and regulators of peripheral signals. All articles in this volume also appear online as part of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Neuroscience.

“[I]t will be a vade mecum for interested professionals, graduate students, and possibly advanced undergraduates, and research libraries will do well to add these volumes to their medical reference collections…Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.” –CHOICE, December 2023

Volume Editor

Randy Nelson, West Virginia University School of Medicine


Introduction to Sensory Systems

The Somatosensory System

The Auditory System

The Vestibular System

The Olfactory System

The Gustatory System

Adaptations for Sensory Processing



Autonomic Regulation of Kidney Function (Mohammed H. Abdulla, Edward J. Johns)
Autonomic Regulation of the Eye (Paul J. May, Anton Reiner, Paul D. Gamlin)
Autonomic Thermoregulation (Thad E. Wilson, Kristen Metzler-Wilson)
Behavioral Neuroendocrinology of Female Aggression (Natalia Duque-Wilckens, Brian C. Trainor)
Cardiac Vagal Tone and Stress (Kevin T. Larkin, Alaina G. Tiani, Leah A. Brown)
Development of Lung Innervation (Talita de Melo e Silva, Catherine Miriam Czeisler, José Javier Otero)
The Hypocretin Arousal Network (Jeremy C. Borniger, Luis de Lecea)
Hypothalamic Control of Female Reproduction (Brian P. Kenealy, Ei Terasawa)
Maternal Behavior from a Neuroendocrine Perspective (Danielle S. Stolzenberg, Kimberly L. Hernandez-D'Anna, Oliver J. Bosch, Joseph S. Lonstein)
Membrane-Initiated Estradiol Signaling in the Central Nervous System (Paul E Micevych, Melinda A. Mittelman-Smith)
Molecular Regulation of Energy Balance (D. Grahame Hardie, A. Mark Evans)
Neural Control of Lower Urinary Tract Function (Jonathan M. Beckel, William C. de Groat)
Neurobiology of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Abuse (Ruth I. Wood, Kathryn G. Wallin-Miller)
Neurobiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Steven Holfinger, M. Melanie Lyons, Nitin Bhatt, Ulysses Magalang)
Neuroendocrine and Neuroimmune Mechanisms Regulating the Blood-Brain Barrier (Divine C. Nwafor, Allison L. Brichacek, Sreeparna Chakraborty, Catheryne A. Gambill, Stanley A. Benkovic, Candice M. Brown)
Neuroendocrine Influences on Human Sexuality (Ashlyn Swift-Gallant, S. Marc Breedlove)
Neuroendocrine Regulation of Seasonal Reproduction (Elisabetta Tolla, Jonathan H. Pérez, Ian C. Dunn, Simone L. Meddle, Tyler J. Stevenson)
Neuroendocrinology of Stress and Addiction (Steven Kinsey, Olivia Vanegas, Kristen Trexler, Floyd Steele, Matthew Eckard)
Neuroimmunology: Behavioral Effects (Gretchen N. Neigh, Mandakh Bekhbat, Sydney A. Rowson)
Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors and Affective Responses (Kalynn Schulz, Marcia Chavez, Arthur Castaneda)
Paternal Behavior from a Neuroendocrine Perspective (Caleigh Guoynes, Catherine Marler)
Regulating Systems in Neuroimmunology (William H. Walker II, A. Courtney DeVries)
Regulation of Gonadotropins (Daniel J. Bernard, Yining Li, Chirine Toufaily, Gauthier Schang)
The Role of Microglia in the Aging Brain: A Focus on Sex Differences (Jeffrey S. Darling, Kevin Sanchez, Andrew D. Gaudet, Laura K. Fonken)
The Role of Puberty on Adult Behaviors (Kristen Delevich, Linda Wilbrecht)
The Role of Sex Hormones on Pain (Dayna L. Averitt, Rebecca S. Hornung, Anne Z. Murphy)
Steroids and Plasticity (Alyssa L. Pedersen, Colin J. Saldanha)
Stress-Modulated Pathways (Nicolas Rohleder)
The Neuroendocrinology of Empathy (James Burkett, Farzaneh Naghavi)
Thirst and Water Balance (Derek Daniels)
Transcriptomic Architecture of Reproductive Plasticity (Susan C. P. Renn, Nadia Aubin-Horth)