Biopsychology, Global Edition eBook, 10th Edition

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Biopsychology, Global Edition eBook, 10th Edition

By John Pinel, Steven Barnes
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For courses in Physiological Psychology and Biopsychology
Biopsychology presents a clear, engaging introduction to biopsychological theory and research through a unique combination of biopsychological science and personal, reader-oriented discourse.

Original author John Pinel and new co-author Steven Barnes address students directly and interweave the fundamentals of the field with clinical case studies, useful metaphors, and memorable anecdotes that make course material personally and socially relevant to readers. In addition to expanded learning objectives that guide students through the course, the 10th Edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect this rapidly progressing scientific field.

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 A reader-oriented approach makes scientific concepts relevant and relatable

  • For this edition, original author John Pinel is joined by new co-author Steven Barnes, an educator, researcher, and visual artist who brings his knowledge to bear on the updated 10th Edition.
  • Throughout Biopsychology, the authors emphasise the big picture, focusing on four broad themes that provide excellent topics for essay assignments and exam questions. These themes are:
    • Thinking creatively;
    • Clinical implications;
    • Evolutionary perspective; and
    • Neuroplasticity.
  • Carefully selected case studies are highlighted throughout the text. These provocative cases stimulate interest, promote retention of concepts, and allow students to learn how biopsychological principles apply to the diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.
  • The text’s engaging illustrations were conceptualised and meticulously designed to clarify and reinforce textual material. Author John Pinel and his artist/designer wife, Maggie Edwards, created many of these illustrations exclusively for this text.
  • While some biopsychological textbooks emphasise neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and neuroanatomy, Biopsychology gives top billing to coverage of behavioural research. The authors stress that neuroscience is a team effort and that the unique contribution made by biopsychologists to this effort is their behavioural expertise.
  • Biopsychology emphasises the scientific method, helping students to view it as a means of answering questions in daily life as well as in the laboratory. The authors also show students how being a scientist can be both fascinating and fun.
  • Several chapters of Biopsychology — particularly those on eating, sleeping, sex, and drug addiction — carry strong personal and social messages. In these chapters, the authors encourage students to consider the relevance of biopsychological research to their lives outside the classroom.
  • Biopsychology has been praised by instructors and students alike for its personal tone. In past editions, Pinel addressed students directly with warmth, enthusiasm, and good humour. With the addition of Barnes as coauthor, the 10th Edition offers another friendly voice as well as some new approaches to teaching.
  • The 10th Edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the current state of one of the most rapidly progressing scientific fields. This edition contains more than 1,265 citations of articles or books that did not appear in the previous edition, and content throughout has been revised and updated accordingly.

 Pedagogical learning aids boost student understanding and retention

  • Questions for review and reflection are integrated into the text, giving students opportunities to stop and think about the content presented and to respond in a written format. Writing prompts tied to the major themes of this book are located throughout each chapter for individual student response.
  • Expanded and more comprehensive learning objectives, written by the authors themselves, better help students to recognise the major points in each portion of the text.
  • Scan Your Brain study exercises appear at key transition points within chapters, where students can benefit most from pausing to consolidate material before continuing.
  • Check It Out demonstrations apply biopsychological phenomena and concepts for students to experience themselves.
  • A Themes Revisited section at the end of each chapter summarises the ways in which the book’s four major themes relate to that chapter’s subject matter.
  • Key terms appear in boldface, and other important terms of lesser significance appear in italics.
  • Appendixes serve as convenient sources of additional information for students who want to expand their knowledge of selected biopsychology topics.
Table of contents
  • 1. Biopsychology as a Neuroscience: What Is Biopsychology, Anyway?
  • 2. Evolution, Genetics, and Experience: Thinking about the Biology of Behavior
  • 3. Anatomy of the Nervous System: Systems, Structures, and Cells That Make Up Your Nervous System
  • 4. Neural Conduction and Synaptic Transmission: How Neurons Send and Receive Signals
  • 5. The Research Methods of Biopsychology: Understanding What Biopsychologists Do
  • 6. The Visual System: How We See
  • 7. Mechanisms of Perception: Hearing, Touch, Smell, Taste, and Attention: How You Know the World
  • 8. The Sensorimotor System: How You Move
  • 9. Development of the Nervous System: From Fertilized Egg to You
  • 10. Brain Damage and Neuroplasticity: Can the Brain Recover from Damage?
  • 11. Learning, Memory, and Amnesia: How Your Brain Stores Information
  • 12. Hunger, Eating, and Health: Why Do Many People Eat Too Much?
  • 13. Hormones and Sex: What’s Wrong with the Mamawawa?
  • 14. Sleep, Dreaming, and Circadian Rhythms: How Much Do You Need to Sleep?
  • 15. Drug Use, Drug Addiction, and the Brain’s Reward Circuits: Chemicals That Harm with Pleasure
  • 16. Lateralization, Language, and the Split Brain: The Left Brain and the Right Brain
  • 17. Biopsychology of Emotion, Stress, and Health: Fear, the Dark Side of Emotion
  • 18. Biopsychology of Psychiatric Disorders: The Brain Unhinged