Behavioral toxicology, an area within neurotoxicology,  has contributed significantly to important developments in the Environmental Health Sciences. It has played important roles in removing lead from gasoline and in framing our understanding of pesticides and of methylmercury, to name just a few examples. It has also contributed to the emergence of human neurotoxicity testing that makes direct contact with the results of studies from animal laboratories.

Behavioral toxicity can claim the experimental analysis of behavior, now often referred to as behavior analysis, as an ancestor. Here I list some of the papers that trace this early influence or that, in my view, have proven to be key contributors to the development.

bulletEnvironmental Toxicants and Developmental Disabilities.  Susan M. Koger, ted Schettler, and Bernard Weiss. American Psychologist, 2005
bulletHow Operant Conditioning can Contribute to Behavioral Toxicology. Victor Laties Environmental Health Perspectives. 1978.
bullet Behavioral Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences: Opportunity and Challenges for Psychologysts. Bernard Weiss, American Psychologist, 1983.
bulletThe First 83 and the Next 83: Perspectives on Neurotoxicology. Bernard Weiss, Neurotoxicology, 2009.
bulletTransferring Technology Across Applications. M. C. Newland, H. S. Pennypacker, W. Kent Anger, Paul Mele. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 2003.

 

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