Biological Psychology, 10th Edition / Edition 10

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Dr. James W. Kalat's BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY is the best selling text in the market for good reasons—an extremely high level of scholarship, clear and occasionally humorous writing style, and precise examples. An extremely skilled teacher, Dr. Kalat has written a text that speaks to today's students as well as to professors. Throughout all ten editions, the goal has been to make biological psychology accessible to psychology students, not just to biology majors and pre-meds. The goal has also been to convey the excitement of the search for biological explanations of behavior. Kalat believes that biological psychology is "the most interesting topic in the world," and this text convinces many students. Accuracy, currency and a clear presentation style have always been the hallmarks of this text, and this Tenth Edition and its supplement package take these qualities to the next level. Sold separately and available for the first time, a media-rich, highly interactive online eBook integrates the text; a companion CD-ROM, Exploring Biological Psychology; Try It Yourself activities; Stop & Check quizzes; and new animations.

Discusses synapses & drugs/development & evolution of the brain/rhythms of wakefulness & sleep/movement/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

New edition of an introductory text focusing on the biological mechanisms that are most relevant to key issues in psychology--topics such as the mind-body problem, the development of language and learning, sexual behavior, alcoholism, psychosomatic illnesses, recovery from brain damage, depression, and schizophrenia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495603009
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 549
  • Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James W. Kalat received his B.A. degree from Duke University, Summa Cum Laude, and then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Ph.D. in psychology under the supervision of Paul Rozin. Currently, Dr. Kalat is at North Carolina State University where he is a professor of psychology, teaching both introductory psychology and biological psychology. In addition to having authored the best selling biological psychology text, Dr. Kalat is the author of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY, 9th Edition (Wadsworth, 2011) and has published articles on a variety of diverse topics such as taste aversion learning and on the teaching of introductory psychology. A talented and frequently requested speaker, Kalat receives rave reviews wherever he presents, including the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology and the Texas Community College Teachers Association.

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Table of Contents

1. The Major Issues. 2. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses. 3. Synapses. 4. Anatomy of the Nervous System. 5. Development and Plasticity of the Brain. 6. Vision. 7. Other Sensory Systems. 8. Movement. 9. Wakefulness and Sleep. 10. Internal Regulation. 11. Reproductive Behaviors. 12. Emotional Behaviors. 13. The Biology of Learning and Memory. 14. Cognitive Functions. 15. Psychological Disorders. Appendix A: Brief, Basic Chemistry. Appendix B: Society for Neuroscience Policies on the Use of Animals and Human Subjects in Neuroscience Research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2010

    When will this eTextbook scenario be fixed????

    I see companies are still trying to force eTextbooks into the "rent only" category - and charging over 50% of what buying the physical textbook would cost just to access it for 180 days.

    eBooks are supposed to be cheaper, and I should be able to buy my eBooks. My books related to my majors/credential are sitting on my bookshelf, right now. I can use them and my notes for future projects, to review vocabulary and basic concepts. I'd rather have them in eReader format and go all digital with my highlighting, annotation, and notes. But since I'd have to rent them I obviously won't be doing that anytime soon. I'll stick to my highlighted books and notes until publishing companies get their head out of their butts instead.

    Why would I rent etextbooks (or regular textbooks) even if they weren't related to my major? I'd make more money back on buyback if I keep the book in good condition over renting them. I've gotten up to 75% back on buyback or through private selling. Additionally, if an emergency happens and I have to drop the course and take it again the next semester, I still have the textbook.

    Publishers, please stop taking students for idiots. At the very least offer a buy option on eTextbooks. Since I could download the book repeatedly if my Nook gets lost/stolen from B&N I might even pay full price for it, especially if I could sync it from my nook to my computer/laptop/etc. Heck, it'd be WORTH it for my major related texts to have my notes backed up so much. I don't mind not being able to resell them, honestly, I just want to keep the ones related to my major with me. That's pretty important to me as a college student.

    Just a note - this is the textbook my main school uses - though I go by "Biological Psychology" used by the sister school by Klein/Thorne. It can be tough to read, but pretty comprehensive. My issue is just with the ridiculous eTextbook notion publishers are currently going through - this "great option" has been a rip-off since the year publishers in the textbook realm attempted to start it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 7, 2011

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