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Biopsychology is a clear, engaging introduction to current biopsychological theory and research that makes the topics personally and socially relevant to students.
Written in a friendly, engaging tone, the sixth edition continues to emphasize four interwoven themes: “Thinking about Biopsychology,” “Clinical Implications,” “The Evolutionary Perspective,” and “Cognitive Neuroscience.” These themes are integral to each chapter and are highlighted throughout by marginal icons, then summarized at the end of each chapter in a “Themes Revisited” section that provides context for the topics discussed.
What makes this book so popular with instructors and students alike is its unique combination of biopsychological science and a personal, reader-oriented style. Pinel interweaves the fundamentals of the field with clinical case studies, social issues, personal implications, and humorous anecdotes.
An updated and stunning art program illustrates difficult concepts with simple visuals and fresh photos.
Beyond the Brain and Behavior, a CD that accompanies each new textbook, now contains even more animations and demonstrations, video clips, practice tests, electronic flashcards, and annotated readings.
“I can honestly say that the Pinel text is consistently rated the ‘best text’ out of all those used in courses throughout our department. Students often say it is the ‘best text they have ever had in any college course’ as well. I agree.”
Michelle Pilati, Rio Hondo College
1. Biopsychology As a Neuroscience: What Is Biopsychology, Anyway?
What Is Biopsychology?
What Is the Relation Between Biopsychology and the Other Disciplines of Neuroscience?
What Types of Research Characterize the Biopsychological Approach?
What Are the Divisions of Biopsychology?
Converging Operations: How Do Biopsychologists Work Together?
Scientific Interference: How Do Biopsychologists Study the Unobservable Workings of the Brain?
Critical Thinking About Biopsychological Claims.
2. Evolution, Genetics, and Experience: Thinking About the Biology of Behavior.
Thinking About the Biology of Behavior: From Dichotomies to Relations and Interactions.
Behavioral Development: The Interaction of Genetic Factors and Experience.
The Genetics of Human Psychological Differences.
3. The Anatomy of the Nervous System: The Systems, Structures, and Cells That Make Up Your Nervous System.
General Layout of the Nervous System.
Cells of the Nervous System.
Neuroanatomical Techniques and Directions.
The Five Major Divisions of the Brain.
Major Structures of the Brain.
4. Neural Conduction and Synaptic Transmission: How Neurons Send and Receive Signals.
The Neurons Resting Membrane Potential.
Generation and Conduction of Postsynaptic Potentials.
Integration of Postsynaptic Potentials and Generation of Action Potentials.
Conduction of Action Potentials.
Synaptic Transmission: Chemical Transmission of Signals from One Neuron to Another.
Pharmacology of Synaptic Transmission.
5. The Research Methods of Biopsychology: Understanding What Biopsychologists Do.
Methods of Visualizing and Stimulating the Living Human Brain.
Recording Human Psychophysiological Activity.
Invasive Physiological Research Methods.
Pharmacological Research Methods.
Behavioral Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience.
Biopsychological Paradigms of Animal Behavior.
6. The Visual System: From Your Eyes to Your Cortex.
Light Enters the Eye and Reaches the Retina.
The Retina and Translation of Light into Neural Signals.
From Retina to Primary Visual Cortex.
7. Mechanisms of Perception, Conscious Awareness, and Attention: How You Know the World.
Principles of Sensory System Organization.
Cortical Mechanisms of Vision.
Somatosensation: Touch and Pain.
The Chemical Senses: Smell and Taste.
8. The Sensorimotor System: How You Do What You Do.
Three Principles of Sensorimotor Function.
Sensorimotor Association Cortex.
Secondary Motor Cortex.
Primary Motor Cortex.
Cerebellum and Basal Ganglia.
Descending Motor Pathways.
Sensorimotor Spinal Circuits.
Central Sensorimotor Programs.
9. Development of the Nervous System: From Fertilized Egg to You.
Phases of Neural Development.
Postnatal Cerebral Development in Human Infants.
Effects of Experience on Early Development, Maintenance, and Reorganization of Neural Circuits.
Neuroplasticity in Adults.
Disorders of Neurodevelopment: Autism and Williams Syndrome.
10. Brain Damage and Neuroplasticity: Can the Brain Recover from Damage?
Causes of Brain Damage.
Animal Models of Human Neuropsychological Diseases.
Neuroplastic Responses to Nervous System Damage: Degeneration, Regeneration,
Reorganization and Recovery.
Neuroplasticity and the Treatment of Nervous System Damage.
11. Learning, Memory, and Amnesia: How Your Brain Stores Information.
Amnesic Effects of Bilateral Medial Temporal Lobectomy.
Amnesia of Korsakoff's Syndrome.
Amnesia of Alzheimer's Disease.
Amnesia After Concussion: Evidence for Consolidation.
Neuroanatomy of Object-Recognition Memory.
Hippocampus and Memory for Spatial Location.
Where Are Memories Stored?
Synaptic Mechanisms of Learning and Memory.
Conclusion: Infantile Amnesia and the Man Who Remembered H.M.
12. Hunger, Eating, and Health: Why Do Many People Eat Too Much?
Digestion and Energy Flow.
Theories of Hunger and Eating: Set Points Versus Positive Incentives.
Factors That Determine What, When, and How Much We Eat.
Physiological Research on Hunger and Satiety.
Body Weight Regulation: Set Points Versus Settling Points.
13. Hormones and Sex: Whats Wrong with the Mamawawa?
The Neuroendocrine System.
Hormones and Sexual Development.
Three Cases of Exceptional Human Sexual Development.
Effects of Gonadal Hormones on Adults.
The Hypothalamus and Sexual Behavior.
Sexual Orientation, Hormones, and the Brain.
14. Sleep, Dreaming, and Circadian Rhythms: How Much Do You Need to Sleep?
The Physiological and Behavioral Events of Sleep.
REM Sleep and Dreaming.
Why Do We Sleep, and Why Do We Sleep When We Do?
Comparative Analysis of Sleep.
Circadian Sleep Cycles.
Effects of Sleep Deprivation.
Neural Mechanisms of Sleep.
The Circadian Clock: Neural and Molecular Mechanisms.
Drugs That Affect Sleep.
The Effects of Long-Term Sleep Reduction.
15. Drug Addiction and the Brains Reward Circuits: Chemicals That Harm with Pleasure.
Basic Principles of Drug Action.
Role of Learning in Drug Tolerance and Drug Withdrawal Effects.
Five Commonly Abused Drugs.
Biopsychological Theories of Addiction.
Intracranial Self-Stimulation and the Pleasure Centers of the Brain.
Neural Mechanism of Motivation and Addiction.
A Noteworthy Case of Addiction.
16. Lateralization, Language, and the Split Brain: The Left Brain and Right Brain of Language.
Cerebral Lateralization of Function: Introduction.
The Split Brain.
Differences Between the Left and Right Hemispheres.
Cortical Localization of Language: The Wernicke-Geschwind Model.
Evaluation of the Wernicke-Geschwind Model.
The Modern Cognitive Neuroscience Approach to Language.
Cognitive Neuroscience of Dyslexia.
17. Biopsychology of Emotion, Stress, and Health: Fear, the Dark Side of Emotion.
Biopsychology of Emotion: Introduction.
Fear, Defense, and Aggression.
Stress and Health.
Brain Mechanisms of Human Emotion.
18. Biopsychology of Psychiatric Disorders: The Brain Unhinged.
Affective Disorders: Depression and Mania.
Clinical Trials: Development of New Psychotherapeutic Drugs.