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A new edition of the engaging text introducing current biopsychological theory and research by combining clinical case studies, anecdotes, and reviews of recent advances in the field. The student centered discussions present a comprehensive overview of the major topics in biopsychology, evolution, genetics, neuroscience, research methods, the visual and sensorimotor systems, hormones, circadian rhythms, drug addiction, memory, learning, language, and mental health. The volume's revisions include a reorganization of the chapters, new illustrations, and new topics such as eating disorders, dyslexia, and the role of testosterone in human aggression. Includes color illustrations and photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Textbook for undergraduate students covers the anatomy of the nervous system, neural transmission, the sensorimotor system, and lateralization, language, and the split brain. With a section on the biopsychology of drug use and abuse. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205426515
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/9/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

John Pinel, the author of Biopsychology, obtained his PhD from McGill University in Montreal. He worked briefly at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before taking up his current position at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Professor Pinel is an award-winning teacher and the author of over 200 scientific papers; however, he feels that Biopsychology is his major career-related accomplishment. “It ties together everything that I love about my job: students, teaching, writing, and research.”


When asked about his personal interests, Professor Pinel speaks glowingly of his partner, Maggie, and son, Greg. The high quality of the illustrations in Biopsychology is largely attributable to the effort and talents of Maggie, who is an artist and technical writer. Greg is currently completing his PhD at the London School of Economics, specializing in social and educational programs for indigenous peoples.

“I get most of my exercise by rehearsing and performing West African drum rhythms,” Professor Pinel says. “For a peak mental and physical experience, a bit of Kpanlogo with my friend, Nigerian drum master Kwasi Iruoje is hard to beat.” Most of Professor Pinel’s relaxation comes from cuddling his cats, Sambala, Rastaman, and Squeak.

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Table of Contents

Biopsychology as a Neuroscience 1
Evolution, Genetics, and Experience: Asking the Right Questions about the Biology of Behavior 19
The Anatomy of the Nervous System 49
Neural Conduction and Synaptic Transmission 80
What Biopsychologists Do: The Research Methods of Biopsychology 105
Human Brain Damage and Animal Models 130
The Visual System: From Eye to Cortex 150
Mechanisms of Perception 179
The Sensorimotor System 208
The Biopsychology of Eating and Drinking 234
Hormones and Sex 268
Sleep, Dreaming, and Circadian Rhythms 295
Drug Addiction and Reward Circuits in the Brain 323
Memory and Amnesia 350
Neuroplasticity: Development, Learning, and Recovery from Brain Damage 378
Lateralization, Language, and the Split Brain 410
Biopsychology of Emotion, Stress, and Mental Illness 437
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