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Biological Psychology

Biological Psychology

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December 2014 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Written to guide undergraduate students new to brain and behaviour through the key biological concepts that determine how we act, Biological Psychology provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject. It includes detailed coverage of sensation, movement, sleep, eating and emotions, with further chapters on the biological basis of psychological disorders and the effects of drug-taking.

Uniquely, the authors emphasize the importance of learning and memory as a key thread throughout and include advanced chapters on key research areas that push discussion further and encourage critical thinking, making this book appropriate for undergraduates studying biological psychology at any level.

Key features include:

  • ‘Spotlights’ offering insights into key areas of research that expose the most important developing issues in the field today  
  • A clear structure including roadmaps and key points for each chapter to ease navigation through the book and understanding of the links between concepts
  • Full colour presentation to bring the topics to life through clear and comprehensive illustrations and diagrams
  • A companion website at with a range of materials for instructors and students

Chapter 1: Structure and communication in the nervous system
Chapter 2: Drugs and the nervous system: psychopharmacology
Spotlight: Individual differences in drugs responses  
Chapter 3: Development, degeneration and recovery in the nervous system
Spotlight: Behavioural genetics  
Spotlight: Neurodegeneration  
Chapter 4: The importance of experience: learning and memory
Spotlight: Memory persistence  
Chapter 5: Sensory systems
Spotlight: Retinal spatial processing  
Chapter 6: Motor control
Spotlight: Mirror neurons  
Chapter 7: Emotional behaviours
Spotlight: The neural basis of fear  
Spotlight: Too much emotion? Post-traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction  
Chapter 8: Motivated behaviours
Spotlight: Sleep  
Spotlight: Obesity  
Chapter 9: Psychological disorders
Spotlight: Schizophrenia  


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For Students:

  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Flashcards
  • Chapter summaries
  • Learning objectives
  • Multimedia links
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Test bank

 For Instructors:

  • PowerPoint slides that can be used in lectures or edited to fit your needs
  • A test bank of multiple-choice questions for each chapter
  • Suggested short-answer essay questions that can be used to stimulate discussion or as assignments

A very interesting fusion. Clear, colourful and comprehensive. Attractive layout with clear headings and sub-headings within each chapter enhancing the study process.

Mr Mike Ford
CELFS, Bristol University
September 29, 2014

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