All behavior depends on the nervous system for initiation, coordination, and execution. Frequently, however, it is the endocrine system, through its controlling influences on the development and the physiological state of the animal, that determines when a particular behavior is performed, and even when certain behaviors can be learned. In this section we will present two complex cases in which hormones control the development, learning, and expression of behavior: the development and expression of sexual behavior in rats and the maturation of the brain regions required for song learning and expression in birds.
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This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.