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Basics of Biopsychology with MyPsychKit [Hardcover]

John P.J. Pinel
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Book Description

July 6, 2007 0205602398 978-0205602391 1
Basics of Biopsychology clearly presents the fundamentals of the study of the biology of behavior and makes the topics personally and socially relevant to the student.

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Editorial Reviews


“The text consistently excels….. The entire text is honed and refined to the extent that students reading the text will be transformed into reasonably sophisticated biopsychologists by the book’s end….. I think that many of the chapters are close to perfection.” -- Nancy J. Woolf, UCLA


“Pinel is an excellent writer…. [The case studies] are a major strength over Kalat. These sections should pique the students’ interests and hopefully help them appreciate the relevance of this course.” — Joseph H. Porter, Virginia Commonwealth University


“When I review a possible book for adoption, I first turn to the chapter on axonal and synaptic transmission.  A really great author should be able to make these topics interesting and engaging.  Pinel has succeeded in doing this by taking some new directions that I applaud.”  -- Douglas Engwall, Central CT State


“Dr. Pinel has a wonderful style that makes complicated material accessible. This is particularly helpful for those students who might be intimidated by the ‘hard sciences.’ … I would like to thank Dr. Pinel for his efforts over the years to provide clear and concise material for students to appreciate the depth and fascination of biopsychology. Congratulations on a fantastic job! ” — David Holtzman, University of Rochester


“Pinel’s use of anecdotes and personal stories is superior to Kalat’s.” – Stanley N. Bursten, Santa Barbara City College


“I really liked the illustrations.  I thought the attention to detail, especially, in labeling all of the important structures and pathways was outstanding.  This may the first book in which illustrations are complementary to the text, as opposed to something fun to look at while you read.” — Rita Michelle Lewellen, Cerritos College

Excerpt from a letter to the author (used with permission)::
"I am currently a 2nd year Psychology student at the University of Western Ontario and I am taking a Biopsychology class...I have to say what an amazing text this is...  
I recently switched majors from physiology/medical sciences to psychology and I was confused for a while about what I liked more: biological sciences or psychology. I didn't know I could combine them until I read your textbook. Your book was inspirational for me and I now have a clearer, more defined idea of what I would like to do with my degree and future endeavours. Thank you very much for writing such an interesting textbook that was so clearly aimed to help students understand and appreciate biopsychology. I honestly attribute my new-found interest in biopsychology to the amazing work you put in to this text. Too bad I am several provinces away from B.C, I would have loved to be in one of your classes! Thank you again and I hope to read more of your work in the future."
  -  Tannis, student at University of Western Ontario

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"I am doing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology in Brisbane, Australia and just wanted to say that your textbook is particularly interesting and stimulating.  I can see that there is passion and clarity in every chapter and your own experiences with the tumour as relayed in Chapter 10 was fascinating.  It’s good to know that some texts can have that “human” factor, and this really makes an impact on the reader. "
 - Simon, student at Brisbane, Australia

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"Dr. Pinel:
I just completed a Physiological Psychology class at Chapman University College.  Your Biopsychology text was required for the class.  It was the BEST textbook I have ever used.  I'm 51 years old and have taken many classes in my life so that's saying a heck of lot!!!  Believe me, I have certainly never written to the author to complement him on the text. You made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. 
Thank you, thank you, thank you for making a tough class enjoyable."
- Eileen, student at Chapman University

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"I have just finished reading your book and wanted to thank you for writing it. I like the way you presented the information as if you were "chatting" with me. It was very easy to understand and a fun read. I especially liked all the vignettes and diagrams. They helped me to visualize and understand the topic you were discussing. I also reviewed the CD after every chapter I read and found it to be a helpful tool in preparing for my exams. Before taking this class I was very nervous and unsure of whether or not I would be able to grasp the information. Now class is almost over and I have a 95% in my class. I am taking my final exam tomorrow and I am confident I will do well. I feel that my understanding of the information in your book was due to the way it was written. It was very relaxed and personal, a goal you strived for in writing this book. So again, thanks for sharing your knowledge with me."
 - Priscilla, student at Chapman University

Excerpt from a letter to the author (used with permission):

"Dr. Pinel,


I am a student who has just completed a Biopsychology course designed around your textbook (6th ed.) at Birmingham-Southern College.  To confess my initial thoughts, I largely began this course because it is one of the requirements of my Psychology major and I gazed rather unexcitedly upon the cover of your textbook, assuming it to be like some of the other repetitive, over-written books I had become accustomed to during my three years at this college.  However, as I delved a little deeper into the subject matter, exploring topics from sex and hormones to sleep cycles to neuroplasticity, I began to realize that your textbook is unlike any I had ever used.  Not only is the research you include very pertinent to the subject and thought-provoking, but you seem to take the time to include personal notes, stories, and anecdotes that truly set your work apart from other texts.  I can tell that Psychology is a field that really excites you, and in turn, I am more excited about my major.  I just wanted to send you this small token of my graditude and a thanks for changing my mind about Psychology.


- Jeff Tullis, Birmingham-Southern College 2008"

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (July 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205602398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205602391
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great November 23, 2012
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Great book.
Came with the disks and they work great.
The information was displayed great and definitions were easy to find and throughly explained
Exactly what I needed for my psych class.
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This book came in a relatively great time and was in great usable condition. You have done well, thats all I can say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing June 7, 2012
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This book is amazing.. I would read it even if I didn't have to take the course. Pinel has made "science" so approachable that I didn't feel like my eyes were glazing every time I started a new chapter.. I am keeping this book, as I plan to read it again after a while..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great January 19, 2012
By Petley
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This book is right on the money for the masters program I am taking and would recommend it highly to others.
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