This chapter provides an overview of the behavioral studies that can be undertaken on an extremely simple organism, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. First, we will briefly describe this animal model, which has become increasingly popular for molecular and cellular biology studies, and then we will present a few examples of behavioral studies that are conducted on this organism. We aim to show that this model provides paradigms for questions central to many behaviors, and that they can be addressed at a single cell/single gene resolution.

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McCafferty, J, & Ségalat, L. (Laurent). (2006). Behavioral genetics in the nematode caenorhabditis elegans. In Neurobehavioral Genetics: Methods and Applications, Second Edition (pp. 353–370). Retrieved from