Biological Psychology

Biological Psychology

by James W. Kalat

This #1 best-seller has successfully introduced thousands of students to the intricate relationship between biology and psychology.

It offers the best balance of rigor and accessibility, the most current research, and the most thorough technology integration available for your course--all presented within a unique modular format that supports student mastery and provides instructors with maximum teaching flexibility.

He captures readers' interest with the latest biological psychology findings, such as how gingko biloba claims to aid memory and coverage of the hypothesis that humans' mate choice patterns are influenced by natural selection.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Psychology
  • Rating: 3.98
  • Pages: 608
  • Publish Date: July 7th 2003 by Wadsworth Publishing
  • Isbn10: 0534588166
  • Isbn13: 9780534588168

What People Think about "Biological Psychology"

Maybe if all science textbooks used rodent examples, I'd have an easier time reading 'em.

Anatomy and Research Methods Module 3.1: Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System Terminology to Describe the Nervous System The Spinal Cord The Autonomic Nervous System The Hindbrain The Midbrain The Forebrain Thalamus Hypothalamus Pituitary Gland Basal Ganglia Basal Forebrain Hippocampus The Ventricles IN CLOSING: Learning Neuroanatomy Module 3.2: The Cerebral Cortex Organization of the Cerebral Cortex The Occipital Lobe The Parietal Lobe The Temporal Lobe The Frontal Lobe The Rise and Fall of Prefrontal Lobotomies Functions of the Prefrontal Cortex How Do the Parts Work Together? Genetics, Evolution, Development, and Plasticity Module 4.1: Genetics and Evolution of Behavior Mendelian Genetics Sex-Linked and Sex-Limited Genes Genetic Changes Epigenetics Heredity and Environment Environmental Modification How Genes Affect Behavior The Evolution of Behavior Common Misunderstandings about Evolution Brain Evolution Evolutionary Psychology IN CLOSING: Genes and Behavior Module 4.2: Development of the Brain Maturation of the Vertebrate Brain Growth and Development of Neurons New Neurons Later in Life Pathfinding by Axons Chemical Pathfinding by Axons Competition among Axons as a General Principle Determinants of Neuronal Survival The Vulnerable Developing Brain Differentiation of the Cortex Fine-Tuning by Experience Experience and Dendritic Branching Effects of Special Experiences Brain Development and Behavioral Development Adolescence Old Age IN CLOSING: Brain Development Module 4.3: Plasticity after Brain Damage Brain Damage and Short-Term Recovery Reducing the Harm from a Stroke Later Mechanisms of Recovery Increased Brain Stimulation Regrowth of Axons Axon Sprouting Denervation Supersensitivity Reorganized Sensory Representations and the Phantom Limb Learned Adjustment in Behavior IN CLOSING: Brain Damage and Recovery 05. Other Sensory Systems Module 6.1: Audition Sounds and the Ear Physics and Psychology of Sound Structures of the Ear Pitch Perception The Auditory Cortex Hearing Loss Deafness Hearing, Attention, and Old Age Sound Localization IN CLOSING: Functions of Hearing Module 6.2: The Mechanical Senses Vestibular Sensation Somatosensation Somatosensory Receptors Tickle Somatosensation in the Central Nervous System Pain Stimuli and Spinal Cord Paths Emotional Pain Ways of Relieving Pain Sensitization of Pain Itch IN CLOSING: The Mechanical Senses Module 6.3: The Chemical Senses Chemical Coding Taste Taste Receptors How Many Kinds of Taste Receptors? Movement Module 7.1: The Control of Movement Muscles and Their Movements Fast and Slow Muscles Muscle Control by Proprioceptors Units of Movement Voluntary and Involuntary Movements Movements Varying in Sensitivity to Feedback Sequences of Behaviors IN CLOSING: Categories of Movement Module 7.2: Brain Mechanisms of Movement The Cerebral Cortex Planning a Movement Inhibiting a Movement Mirror Neurons Connections from the Brain to the Spinal Cord The Cerebellum Functions Other than Movement Cellular Organization The Basal Ganglia Brain Areas and Motor Learning Conscious Decisions and Movement IN CLOSING: Movement Control and Cognition Module 7.3: Movement Disorders Parkinson's Disease Causes L-Dopa Treatment Other Therapies Huntington's Disease Heredity and Presymptomatic Testing IN CLOSING: Heredity and Environment in Movement Disorders 08. The Functions of Emotions Emotions and Moral Decisions Decision Making after Brain Damage that Impairs Emotions IN CLOSING: Emotions and the Nervous System Module 11.2: Attack and Escape Behaviors Attack Behaviors Effects of Hormones Serotonin Synapses and Aggressive Behavior Heredity and Environment in Violence Fear and Anxiety Role of the Amygdala Studies of Rodents Studies of Monkeys Response of the Human Amygdala to Visual Stimuli Individual Differences in Amygdala Response and Anxiety Damage to the Human Amygdala Anxiety Disorders Relief from Anxiety Pharmacological Relief Alcohol as an Anxiety Reducer Learning to Erase Anxiety IN CLOSING: Doing Something about Emotions Module 11.3: Stress and Health Stress and the General Adaptation Syndrome Stress and the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Cortex Axis The Immune System Effects of Stress on the Immune System Stress Control IN CLOSING: Emotions and Body Reactions 12. The Biology of Learning and Memory Module 12.1: Learning, Memory, and Amnesia Localized Representations of Memory Lashley's Search for the Engram The Modern Search for the Engram Types of Memory Short-Term and Long-Term Memory Our Changing Views of Consolidation Working Memory The Hippocampus People with Hippocampal Damage Theories of the Function of the Hippocampus Other Types of Amnesia Korsakoff's Syndrome Alzheimer's Disease What Patients with Amnesia Teach Us The Basal Ganglia Other Brain Areas and Memory IN CLOSING: Types of Memory Module 12.2: Storing Information in the Nervous System Blind Alleys and Abandoned Mines Learning and the Hebbian Synapse Single-Cell Mechanisms of Invertebrate Behavior Change Aplysiaas an Experimental Animal Habituation in Aplysia Sensitization in Aplysia Long-Term Potentiation in Vertebrates Biochemical Mechanisms Improving Memory IN CLOSING: The Physiology of Memory 13.

The author includes books that give a separate viewpoint or that enrich his chapters.

Biological Psychology covers the following topics: the mind-brain relationship, the genetics of behaviour, the use of animals in research, nerve cells and nerve impulses, synapses, the anatomy of the nervous system, the development and plasticity of the brain, vision, the other sensory systems, movement, wakefulness and sleep, internal regulation, reproductive behaviours, emotional behaviours, the biology of learning and memory, cognitive functions, and mood disorders and schizophrenia. (It also includes two appendices on basic chemistry, and policies on using animals and/or human subjects in neuroscience research.) Its a very entertaining textbook, mainly because Kalat does his best to use clear and engaging language, providing the reader with many case studies as examples to the theories and facts he presents in his book.

I liked the modules within chapters. After reading the chapters I didn't feel like that I lacked any information that I would have had to go to the links for.

Without attending to class, you are able to understand the whole biological process by reading this book.