Biological Psychology: An Introduction to Behavioral, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (Book with CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh) 2nd Edition

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S. Marc Breedlove, the Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience at Michigan State University, has written over 100 scientific articles investigating the role of hormones in shaping the developing and adult nervous system, publishing in journals including Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He has been widely interviewed about his research by periodicals including the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Newsweek, as well as broadcast programs such as All Things Considered, Good Morning America and Sixty Minutes. He has active grant support from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Breedlove was recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Neil V. Watson and the members of his lab at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada study sex-related aspects of the structure and function of the nervous system, with ongoing grant support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He has published scientific articles on topics ranging from the effects of steroid hormones on cell survival, to the neural control of reproductive behavior, to human cognitive sex differences. Dr. Watson received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Western Ontario and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the faculty at SFU in 1996 where he is now Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology. He teaches biological psychology to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students each year. The late Mark R. Rosenzweig was Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his bachelor s and master s degrees from the University of Rochester and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was active in research in biological psychology for fifty years and taught the subject for almost as many years. His main research was on brain mechanisms of learning and memory, and he also did research on brain mechanisms of auditory perception. He authored or coauthored 300 scientific publications books, chapters, and articles. Dr. Rosenzweig held several offices in the International Union of Psychological Science, including the presidency. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., and he was awarded honorary doctorate degrees by the Université Rene Descartes (Paris), the Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg), and the Université de Montreal. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 654 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc; 2nd edition (January 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878937919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878937912
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Madaline Barnes on June 7, 2000
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I have used both the first and second editions of this text in courses for first-year graduate students in a Psy.D. program. The text is clear, the illustrations excellent, as are the color overheads. This is at exactly the right level for students who will be clinicians using this information in understanding and dealing with clients directly (as opposed to researchers).
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1999
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This is the best introductory book in Biological Psychology/Neuropsychology I have seen so far. Very well written and with beautiful illustrations and pictures that make this interesting subject even better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on May 22, 2012
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Breedlove's BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY is a wonderful introduction to the intersection of physiology, biology, and behavior. I used this textbook at a graduate level, and it served as a great primer to many areas (sleep, sensation and perception, neurotransmission). With that disclosure, I think that this text would also serve well in a higher-level undergraduate psychology course.

The content is presented in a clean, clear, and concise way; it rarely gets bogged down in jargon or esoteric concepts. Colorful, easy-to-understand figures are presented often to illustrate processes and concepts. There are many images and figures here, which does well to convey things like neurotransmission, but often it breaks up the natural flow of reading. This serves as my only true complaint though; this book is probably the best I've come across for this field.

Word to the wise: you can probably do well with just the fifth edition of this book (which is currently much cheaper). Doing so will result in some missed content concerning function MRI, but most everything else is still well represented.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By hector h. osorio h on May 1, 2000
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I had the chance to give a overlook to prof. M.Rosenzweig text "Biological Psychology...", talking with my assistant teacher, I said, at last a nice, and good text for undergraduate student that are not going to be medicine student, but other profesional. This is the text for a change in the teaching of neuroscience; the result of it use will be clear at december 2000. the reasons for this: - clear use of history. - great use of design in each theme treated. - all the aids (cd, etc) are exactly what a beginnig student need. - the use of real neuroanatomy part, are perfectly complement by the pictures, diagram in the text. profs. M. Rosenzweig, A. leiman & S.M. Breedlove thanks from Chile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Orengo-Aguayo on September 19, 2008
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This text book is a really great tool for students that are just starting to learn about biopsych. It is informative and detailed but not to the point to were students can't understand the material. The CD is also a great resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on April 22, 2009
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I read this book to better understand how biological factors affect human psychology. Although it is a student text and intended to include classroom lecture and discussion, it provides a through overview of the subject and a level of detail that helps explain human behavior. A bit academic for some, it will help any reader to appreciate the incredible complex interaction between the biological and psychological.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sleasman123 on November 29, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was an excellent complement to my introductory course to the world of biological psychology. It lays out the material nicely and is not intimidating. I would recommend this textbook to anyone curious about the brain and how it controls every single action of humans!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Brown on March 7, 2013
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I highly recommend this book if you want to brush up on you knowledge in this subject. I read 80% of the body text in a matter of 5 days in preparation for a doctoral interview, definitely served me well!
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