The neuroendocrine action potential. Winner of the 2008 Frank Beach Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

Horm Behav. 2010 Sep;58(4):555-62. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2010.06.012. Epub 2010 Jun 23.


Animals are remarkably well equipped to respond to changes in their environment across different time scales and levels of biological organization. Here, I introduce a novel perspective that incorporates the three main processes the nervous system uses to integrate and process information: electrophysiological, genomic, and neuroendocrine action potentials. After discussing several examples of neuroendocrine action potentials, I lay out the commonalities of these temporally organized responses and how they might be interrelated with electrophysiological activity and genomic responses. This framework provides a novel outlook on longstanding questions in behavioral neuroendocrinology and suggests exciting new avenues for further research that will integrate across disciplines and levels of biological organization.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Action Potentials / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Awards and Prizes*
  • Behavior / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Mammals / physiology
  • Neuroendocrinology*
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology
  • Neurosecretory Systems / physiology*
  • Seasons