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Brain & Behavior

Brain & Behavior
An Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience

Sixth Edition
  • Bob Garrett - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA
  • Gerald Hough - Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
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January 2021 | 704 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Winner of the 2022 Textbook & Academic Authors Association's The McGuffey Longevity Award

In Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience, authors Bob Garrett and Gerald Hough showcase the ever-expanding body of research into the biological foundations of human behavior through a big-picture approach. With thought-provoking examples and a carefully crafted, vibrant visual program, the text allows any student to appreciate the importance and relevance of this field of study. New features to the Sixth Edition include fully revised learning objectives, a streamlined box feature program, an expanded collection of foundational animations, and updated research on timely topics such as drugs and addiction, sex and gender, and emotions and health.

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About the Authors
Chapter 1 . What Is Behavioral Neuroscience?
The Origins of Behavioral Neuroscience

Nature and Nurture

Part I. Neural Foundations of Behavior: The Basic Equipment
Chapter 2 . Communication Within the Nervous System
The Cells That Make Us Who We Are

How Neurons Communicate With Each Other

Chapter 3 . The Organization and Functions of the Nervous System
The Central Nervous System

The Peripheral Nervous System

Development and Change in the Nervous System

Chapter 4 . The Methods and Ethics of Research
Science, Research, and Theory

Research Techniques

Research Ethics

Part II. Motivation and Emotion: What Makes Us Go
Chapter 5 . Drugs, Addiction, and Reward
Psychoactive Drugs


The Role of Genes in Addiction

Chapter 6 . Motivation and the Regulation of Internal States
Motivation and Homeostasis

Hunger: A Complex Drive


Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder

Chapter 7 . The Biology of Sex and Ge
Sex as a Form of Motivation

The Biological Determination of Sex

Gender-Related Behavioral and Cognitive Differences

Biological Origins of Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

Chapter 8 . Emotion and Health
Emotion and the Nervous System

Stress, Immunity, and Health

Biological Origins of Aggression

Part III. Interacting With the World
Chapter 9 . Hearing and Language


Chapter 10 . Vision and Visual Perception
Light and the Visual Apparatus

Color Vision

Form Vision

The Perception of Objects, Color, and Movement

Chapter 11 . The Body Senses and Movement
The Body Senses


Part IV. Complex Behavior
Chapter 12 . Learning and Memory
Learning as the Storage of Memories

Brain Changes in Learning

Learning Deficiencies and Disorders

Chapter 13 . Intelligence and Cognitive Functioning
The Nature of Intelligence

The Biological Origins of Intelligence

Deficiencies and Disorders of Intelligence

Chapter 14 . Psychological Disorders

Affective Disorders

Anxiety, Trauma, and Stress-Related Disorders

Personality Disorders

Chapter 15 . Sleep and Consciousness
Sleep and Dreaming

The Neural Bases of Consciousness

Author Index
Subject Index


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  • The Sixth Edition is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class. Learn more.
  • New and updated content covers a range of topics such as the genetic and epigenetic origins of behavior; the importance of network connectivity in normal and impaired brain functioning; the mechanisms of risk taking and decision making; the high costs of the opioid epidemic, increasing obesity, a burgeoning suicide rate; and the far-reaching consequences of childhood maltreatment, including PTSD, gender dissatisfaction, and dissociative identity disorder.
  • New A Further Look box features streamline previous box features and highlight the application of chapter content in an intriguing way, from the challenge of regulating gene editing in the age of CRISPR to communicative gestures humans share with apes.
  • Updated language and terms reflect more sensitivity to gender identity, sexual orientation, and individuals with psychological disorders.
  • Over 500 new references along with 70 revised or replaced illustrations bring the text up to date with new research findings and fresh ideas.
  • A hallmark art program includes images, figures, and illustrations that enhance core concepts and reflect cutting-edge, evidence-based research.
  • Chapter-opening learning objectives identify what students should be able to do after completing each reading.
  • Vignettes open each chapter to capture student interest in forthcoming content.
  • Content on the most prominent trends and the latest advances in the field includes an increasing understanding of the genetics of behavior and neural connectivity and networks.
  • Coverage of genetic influence includes discussion of epigenetic contributions to aggression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and mental/emotional disorders.
  • Concepts Checks throughout chapters prompt students to check their understanding on the most important ideas.
  • Chapter-ending In Perspective sections provide a personal touch from the authors to help students understand how the material relates to their own lives.
  • End-of-chapter study materials include chapter summaries, For Further Thought questions, Test Your Understanding quizzes, key terms, and resources for further exploration.
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