Biological Psychology 12th Edition
In the first edition of this text, published in 1981, I remarked, “I almost wish I could get parts of this text . . . printed in disappearing ink, programmed to fade within ten years of publication, so that I will not be embarrassed by statements that will look primitive from some future perspective.” I would say the same thing today, except that I would like for the ink to fade faster. Biological psychology progresses rapidly, and much that we thought we knew becomes obsolete. Biological psychology is the most interesting topic in the world. No doubt many people in other fields think their topic is the most interesting, but they are wrong. This really is the most interesting. Unfortunately, it is easy to get so bogged down in memorizing facts that one loses the big picture. The big picture here is fascinating and profound: Your brain activity is your mind. I hope that readers of this book will remember that message even after they forget some of the details.
Each chapter is divided into modules; each module begins with an introduction and finishes with a summary. This organization makes it easy for instructors to assign part of a chapter per day instead of a whole chapter per week. Modules can also be covered in a different order. Indeed, of course, whole chapters can be taken in different orders.
I assume that readers have a basic background in psychology and biology and understand such terms as classical conditioning, reinforcement, vertebrate, mammal, gene, chromosome, cell, and mitochondrion. I also assume a high school chemistry course. Those with a weak background in chemistry or a fading memory of it may consult Appendix A.
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1 Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses 15
2 synapses 39
3 anatomy and Research methods 65
4 Genetics, evolution, Development, and Plasticity 103
5 Vision 147
6 Other sensory systems 187
7 movement 227
8 Wakefulness and sleep 261
9 Internal Regulation 293
10 Reproductive Behaviors 325
11 emotional Behaviors 355
12 the Biology of learning and memory 391
13 Cognitive Functions 423
14 Psychological Disorders 465
A appendix a: Brief, Basic Chemistry 503
B appendix B: society for Neuroscience Policies on the Use of
animals and Human subjects in Research 509
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