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Basics of Biopsychology clearly presents the fundamentals of the study of the biology of behavior and makes the topics personally and socially relevant to the student.
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“The text consistently excels….. The entire text is honed and refined to the extent that students reading the text will be transformed into reasonably sophisticated biopsychologists by the book’s end….. I think that many of the chapters are close to perfection.” -- Nancy J. Woolf, UCLA

“Pinel is an excellent writer…. [The case studies] are a major strength over Kalat. These sections should pique the students’ interests and hopefully help them appreciate the relevance of this course.” — Joseph H. Porter, Virginia Commonwealth University

“When I review a possible book for adoption, I first turn to the chapter on axonal and synaptic transmission. A really great author should be able to make these topics interesting and engaging. Pinel has succeeded in doing this by taking some new directions that I applaud.” -- Douglas Engwall, Central CT State

“Dr. Pinel has a wonderful style that makes complicated material accessible. This is particularly helpful for those students who might be intimidated by the ‘hard sciences.’ … I would like to thank Dr. Pinel for his efforts over the years to provide clear and concise material for students to appreciate the depth and fascination of biopsychology. Congratulations on a fantastic job! ” — David Holtzman, University of Rochester

“Pinel’s use of anecdotes and personal stories is superior to Kalat’s.” – Stanley N. Bursten, Santa Barbara City College

“I really liked the illustrations. I thought the attention to detail, especially, in labeling all of the important structures and pathways was outstanding. This may the first book in which illustrations are complementary to the text, as opposed to something fun to look at while you read.” — Rita Michelle Lewellen, Cerritos College

Excerpt from a letter to the author (used with permission)::
"I am currently a 2nd year Psychology student at the University of Western Ontario and I am taking a Biopsychology class...I have to say what an amazing text this is...

I recently switched majors from physiology/medical sciences to psychology and I was confused for a while about what I liked more: biological sciences or psychology. I didn't know I could combine them until I read your textbook. Your book was inspirational for me and I now have a clearer, more defined idea of what I would like to do with my degree and future endeavours. Thank you very much for writing such an interesting textbook that was so clearly aimed to help students understand and appreciate biopsychology. I honestly attribute my new-found interest in biopsychology to the amazing work you put in to this text. Too bad I am several provinces away from B.C, I would have loved to be in one of your classes! Thank you again and I hope to read more of your work in the future."
- Tannis, student at University of Western Ontario

Excerpt from a letter to the author (used with permission)::
"I am doing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology in Brisbane, Australia and just wanted to say that your textbook is particularly interesting and stimulating. I can see that there is passion and clarity in every chapter and your own experiences with the tumour as relayed in Chapter 10 was fascinating. It’s good to know that some texts can have that “human” factor, and this really makes an impact on the reader. "
- Simon, student at Brisbane, Australia
Excerpt from a letter to the author (used with permission)::
"Dr. Pinel:

I just completed a Physiological Psychology class at Chapman University College. Your Biopsychology text was required for the class. It was the BEST textbook I have ever used. I'm 51 years old and have taken many classes in my life so that's saying a heck of lot!!! Believe me, I have certainly never written to the author to complement him on the text. You made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for making a tough class enjoyable."
- Eileen, student at Chapman University

Excerpt from a letter to the author (used with permission)::
"I have just finished reading your book and wanted to thank you for writing it. I like the way you presented the information as if you were "chatting" with me. It was very easy to understand and a fun read. I especially liked all the vignettes and diagrams. They helped me to visualize and understand the topic you were discussing. I also reviewed the CD after every chapter I read and found it to be a helpful tool in preparing for my exams. Before taking this class I was very nervous and unsure of whether or not I would be able to grasp the information. Now class is almost over and I have a 95% in my class. I am taking my final exam tomorrow and I am confident I will do well. I feel that my understanding of the information in your book was due to the way it was written. It was very relaxed and personal, a goal you strived for in writing this book. So again, thanks for sharing your knowledge with me."
- Priscilla, student at Chapman University

Excerpt from a letter to the author (used with permission):

"Dr. Pinel,

I am a student who has just completed a Biopsychology course designed around your textbook (6th ed.) at Birmingham-Southern College. To confess my initial thoughts, I largely began this course because it is one of the requirements of my Psychology major and I gazed rather unexcitedly upon the cover of your textbook, assuming it to be like some of the other repetitive, over-written books I had become accustomed to during my three years at this college. However, as I delved a little deeper into the subject matter, exploring topics from sex and hormones to sleep cycles to neuroplasticity, I began to realize that your textbook is unlike any I had ever used. Not only is the research you include very pertinent to the subject and thought-provoking, but you seem to take the time to include personal notes, stories, and anecdotes that truly set your work apart from other texts. I can tell that Psychology is a field that really excites you, and in turn, I am more excited about my major. I just wanted to send you this small token of my graditude and a thanks for changing my mind about Psychology.

- Jeff Tullis, Birmingham-Southern College 2008"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205602391
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: MyPsychKit Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 931,801
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Biopsychology

How Biopsychologists Think about Behavior

1.1 What is Biopsychology?

1.2 Human Evolution

1.3 Fundamental Genetics

1.4 Thinking about the Biology of Behavior: Mind-Brain and Nature-Nurture Issues

Chapter 2

Anatomy of the Brain

The Systems, Structures, and Cells that Make Up Your Nervous System

2.1 General Layout of the Nervous System

2.2 Cells of the Nervous System

2.3 Neuroanatomical Techniques and Directions

2.4 The Spinal Cord

2.5 The Five Divisions of the Brain

2.6 Major Structures of the Brain

Chapter 3

Neural Activity and How to Study It

How Neurons Work

3.1 The Neuron’s Resting Membrane Potential

3.2 Postsynaptic Potentials and Action Potentials

3.3 Conduction of Action Potentials

3.4 Synaptic Transmission: Chemical Transmission of Signals from One Neuron to Another

3.5 The Neurotransmitters

3.6 How Biopsychologists Study the Brain

PART 2: Sensory and Motor Systems

Chapter 4

The Visual System

How We See

4.1 Light Enters the Eye and Reaches the Retina

4.2 The Retina and Translation of Light into Neural Signals

4.3 From Retina to Primary Visual Cortex

4.4 Seeing Edges

4.5 Seeing Color

4.6 Cortical Mechanisms of Vision: Beyond Primary Visual Cortex

Chapter 5

Mechanisms of Perception

Hearing, Touch, Taste, Smell, and Attention: How You Know the World

5.1 Principles of Sensory System Organization

5.2 Auditory System

5.3 Somatosensory System: Touch and Pain

5.4 The Chemical Senses: Smell and Taste

5.5 Selective Attention

Chapter 6

The Sensorimotor System

How You Do What You Do

6.1 Three Principles of Sensorimotor Function

6.2 Sensorimotor Association Cortex

6.3 Secondary Motor Cortex

6.4 Primary Motor Cortex

6.5 Cerebellum and Basal Ganglia

6.6 Descending Motor Pathways

6.7 Sensorimotor Spinal Circuits

6.8 Central Sensorimotor Programs

PART 3: Plasticity of the Brain

Chapter 7

Development of the Nervous System

From Fertilized Egg to You

7.1 Phases of Neurodevelopment

7.2 Postnatal Cerebral Development in Human Infants

7.3 Effects of Experience on the Early Development, Maintenance, and Reorganization of Neural Circuits

7.4 Neuroplasticity in Adults

7.5 Disorders of Neurodevelopment: Autism and Williams Syndrome

Chapter 8

Brain Damage and Neuroplasticity

Can the Brain Recover from Damage?

8.1 Causes of Brain Damage

8.2 Neuropsychological Diseases

8.3 Animal Models of Human Neuropsychological Diseases

8.4 Neuroplastic Responses to Nervous System Damage: Degeneration, Regeneration, Reorganization, and Recovery

8.5 Neuroplasticity and the Treatment of Nervous System Damage

Chapter 9

Learning, Memory, and Amnesia

How Your Brain Stores Information

9.1 Amnesic Effects of Bilateral Medial Temporal Lobectomy

9.2 Amnesia of Korsakoff’s Syndrome

9.3 Amnesia of Alzheimer’s Disease

9.4 Amnesia after Concussion: Evidence for Consolidation

9.5 Neuroanatomy of Object-Recognition Memory

9.6 The Hippocampus and Memory for Spatial Location

9.7 Where Are Memories Stored?

9.8 Synaptic Mechanisms of Learning and Memory

9.9 Conclusion: Infantile Amnesia and the Biopsychologist Who Remembered H.M.

PART 4: Biopsychology of Motivation

Chapter 10

Hunger, Eating, and Health

Why Do Many People Eat Too Much?

10.1 Digestion and Energy Flow

10.2 Theories of Hunger and Eating: Set Point versus Positive Incentives

10.3 Factors That Determine What, When, and How Much We Eat

10.4 Physiological Research on Hunger and Satiety

10.5 Body Weight Regulation: Set Points versus Settling Points

10.6 Human Obesity

10.7 Anorexia and Dieting

Chapter 11

Hormones and Sex

What’s Wrong with the Mamawawa?

11.1 The Neuroendocrine System

11.2 Hormones and Sexual Development

11.3 Three Cases of Exceptional Human Sexual Development

11.4 Effects of Gonadal Hormones on Adults

11.5 Neural Mechanisms of Sexual Behavior

11.6 Sexual Orientation, Hormones, and the Brain

Chapter 12

Sleep, Dreaming, and Circadian Rhythms

How Much Do You Need to Sleep?

12.1 Physiological and Behavioral Events of Sleep

12.2 REM Sleep and Dreaming

12.3 Why Do We Sleep, and Why Do We Sleep When We Do?

12.4 Comparative Analysis of Sleep

12.5 Circadian Sleep Cycles

12.6 Effects of Sleep Deprivation

12.7 Four Areas of the Brain Involved in Sleep

12.8 The Circadian Clock: Neural and Molecular Mechanisms

12.9 Drugs That Affect Sleep

12.10 Sleep Disorders

12.11 The Effects of Long-Term Sleep Reduction

PART 5: Biopsychology of Health

Chapter 13

Health Psychology

Addiction, Emotions, and Stress: Impact of Psychological factors on Health

13.1 Principles of Drug Addiction

13.2 Effects on Health of Five Commonly Abused Drugs

13.3 Addiction and the Neural Mechanisms of Motivation

13.4 Introduction to the Biopsychology of Emotion

13.5 Stress and Health

13.6 Brain Mechanisms of Emotion

Chapter 14

Lateralization, Language, and the Split Brain

The Left Brain and the Right Brain of Language

14.1 Cerebral Lateralization of function: Introduction

14.2 The Split Brain

14.3 Differences between the Left and Right Hemispheres

14.4 Cortical Localization of Language: The Wernecicke-Geschwind Model

14.5 Evaluation of the Wernicke-Geschwind Model

14.6 The Cognitive Neuroscience approach to Language

14.7 The Cognitive Neuroscience Approach and Dyslexia

Chapter 15

Behavioral Neuroscience of Psychiatric Disorders

The Brain Unhinged

15.1 Schizophrenia

15.2 Affective Disorders: Depression and Mania

15.3 Anxiety Disorders

15.4 Tourette Syndrome

15.5 Clinical Trial: Development of New Psychotherapeutic Drugs


Appendix I: The Autonomic Nervous System

Appendix II: Some Functions of Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Activation

Appendix III: The Cranial Nerves

Appendix IV: Functions of the Cranial Nerves

Appendix V: Nuclei of the Thalamus

Appendix VI: Nuclei of the Hypothalamus

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2010

    Does not come with MYPSYCH kit.

    This item ships just as a text and CD ROM. There is no student access code card as indicated in the title. BN has put a sticker on the book ISBN with this package ISBN, but it is not the package.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

    LOVE this book!

    I highly recommend this textbook to anyone interested in biopsychology! It is in-depth, clearly written, and has amazing illustrations. I believe that it is well-referenced and accurate, and a 'must have' for anyone interested in psychology. It explores the physiological aspects of mental illness, and relates them to research and patients.

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