Biological Psychology 13th 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 10 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 many of the details.
Each chapter is divided into modules that begin with an introduction and end with a summary, a list of key terms, and some review questions. 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, or of course omitted.
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 at least a high school chemistry course. Those with a weak background in chemistry or a fading memory of it may consult Appendix A. MindTap for Biological Psychology, 13e
MindTap for Biological Psychology, 13th edition, engages students to produce their best work. By integrating course material with videos, activities, and much more, MindTap provides an opportunity for increased comprehension and retention.
For students, MindTap provides:
●● activities and assignments that build critical thinking and analytic skills that can transfer to other domains.
●● guidance to focus on what the instructor emphasizes, with tools for mastering the content.
●● feedback on progress, compared to the student’s own past performance and the performance of other students in the class.
For faculty, MindTap provides:
●● the ability to specify what the students read and when, matched to the course syllabus.
●● an opportunity to assign relevant activities.
●● the ability to supplement the MindTap Reader with your own documents or sources such as RSS feeds, YouTube videos, websites, or Google Docs.
●● reports on students’ progress and completion of assignments.
1 Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses 17
2 Synapses 41
3 Anatomy and Research Methods 67
4 Genetics, Evolution, Development, and Plasticity 103
5 Vision 147
6 Other Sensory Systems 187
7 Movement 225
8 Wakefulness and Sleep 257
9 Internal Regulation 289
10 Reproductive Behaviors 321
11 Emotional Behaviors 351
12 Learning, Memory, and Intelligence 383
13 Cognitive Functions 423
14 Psychological Disorders 459
A Brief, Basic Chemistry 496
B Society for Neuroscience Policies on the Use
of Animals and Human Subjects in Research 502
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