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Overview

Wilson provides a thorough, engaging introduction to the underlying principles of biological psychology in 16 manageable chapters. Going beyond the typical boundaries, Wilson includes cutting-edge research from molecular biology, neuroscience, psychobiology, and neuropsychology to give the reader a more complete—yet accessible—understanding of the biological bases of human behavior. Wilson also offers a special focus on human behavior and physiology. This focus makes the text unique in the market, as most of the competing books emphasize animal models and include only limited human examples. This new text features an outstanding art program, carefully developed to clarify core concepts. Readers will find that each of Wilson's 16 chapters offers current research findings, an excellent use of everyday examples to make difficult concepts understandable, and pedagogy crafted to help students master the material.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I think this book has the potential for taking its place among the leading textbooks in this area and might even become the leading text in the field."

"The writing is extremely informative. The author is clearly a master teacher who ably explains this complicated content using accessible "real world" examples. Students will find the clinical examples riveting and relevant to their career interests."

"The author does an excellent job of integrating concepts presented earlier in the text with later discussions of relevant topics, clearly demonstrating how learning can be enhanced by the right format. The author uses a casual writing style that is engaging, without being too simplistic and pedantic."

"Definitions and explanations were very clear and explicit. The author did a very good job of providing examples to clarify and elaborate... This text conveys the complexity of the brain (in a format) accessible to students."

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This textbook describes the biological aspects of human behavior, with chapters on the nervous system, neural chemistry, research methods, movement, sensory processes, perception, cognition, consciousness and sleep, motivated behaviors, sexual behaviors, emotion and addiction, stress, and disorders. A companion CD-ROM contains animation, video, interactive exercises, and chapter tests. Wilson teaches at Wittenburg University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155074866
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/17/2002
  • Series: PSY 381 Physiological Psychology Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Josephine F. Wilson was born and raised in upstate New York. At her undergraduate college (SUNY Fredonia), Wilson's professors encouraged and supported her interest in psychology and biology. She pursued graduate study in psychology at Columbia University, where she studied brain stimulation reinforcement, and obesity and eating behavior. She received her Ph.D. in physiological psychology from Columbia University and joined the faculty at Wittenberg University in 1985, receiving the Omicron Delta Kappa Distinguished Teaching Award for New Faculty in 1988 and the Wittenberg University Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993. In 2001, Wilson was appointed to the Paul Luther Keil Chair in Psychology, a newly endowed faculty chair position at Wittenberg. Her ongoing research interests include food intake, eating disorders, alcohol intake, dental anxiety, and sex differences in route learning.

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Table of Contents

1. Studying the Biological Bases of Behavior. 2. The Building Blocks of the Nervous System. 3. Chemical Synapses, Neurotransmitters, and Drugs. 4. The Organization of the Nervous System. 5. Neuroscientific Research Methods. 6. Control of Movement. 7. Sensory Processes. 8. Perceptual Processes. 9. Cognitive Processes. 10. Consciousness and Sleep. 11. The Regulation of Motivated Behaviors. 12. Regulation of Sexual Behavior. 13. Biological Bases of Emotion and Addiction. 14. Stress and the Nervous System. 15. Disordered Behavior. 16. Developmental Disorders and Brain Damage.

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