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New edition of a text in which Carlson (U. of Massachusetts) discusses the physiology of behavior and includes some of the advances made in research, i.e. targeted mutations against an enormous variety of genes, insertion of genes that put fluorescent dyes on protein products, single-photon scanning laser microscopy, and others. The 19 chapters cover introductory material; structure and functions of cells of the nervous system; structure of the nervous system; psychopharmacology; methods and strategies of research; vision; control of movement; sleep and biological rhythms; audition, and the body and chemical senses; reproductive and ingestive behavior, learning and memory, relational learning and amnesia, human communication, schizophrenia and the affective disorders; anxiety, autistic, and stress disorders; and drug abuse. Contains some color illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Emeritus at the University of Masschusetts at Amherst, Neil Carlson is an active researcher focusing on the relationship between the brain and behavior – specifically the role of the limbic system in learning and species-typical behavior. Dr. Carlson received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. In addition to writing Psychology: The Science of Behavior, Dr. Carlson is also the author of two best-selling physiology of behavior textbooks – Psychology: The Science of Behavior and Foundations of PhysiologicalPsychology.