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Biological Psychology Hardcover – December 16, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0495603009 ISBN-10: 0495603007 Edition: 10th

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 10 edition (December 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495603007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495603009
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James W. Kalat received his B.A. degree from Duke University, Summa Cum Laude, and then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Ph.D. in psychology under the supervision of Paul Rozin. Currently, Dr. Kalat is at North Carolina State University where he is a professor of psychology, teaching both introductory psychology and biological psychology. In addition to having authored the best selling biological psychology text, Dr. Kalat is the author of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY, 9th Edition (Wadsworth, 2011) and has published articles on a variety of diverse topics such as taste aversion learning and on the teaching of introductory psychology. A talented and frequently requested speaker, Kalat receives rave reviews wherever he presents, including the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology and the Texas Community College Teachers Association.

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Dr. James W. Kalat received his B.A. degree from Duke University, Summa Cum Laude, and then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Ph.D. in psychology under the supervision of Paul Rozin. Currently, Dr. Kalat is at North Carolina State University where he is a professor of psychology, teaching both introductory psychology and biological psychology. Besides having authored the best selling biological psychology text, Dr. Kalat is the author of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY, 8th Edition (Wadsworth, 2008) and has published articles on a variety of diverse topics such as taste aversion learning and on the teaching of introductory psychology. With Michelle Shiota, Kalat is co-author of EMOTION (Wadsworth, 2007). A talented and frequently requested speaker, Kalat receives rave reviews wherever he presents, including the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology and the Texas Community College Teachers Association.

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If you find a cheaper book check out the international edition.
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This book makes the topic incredibly interesting, and the concepts in it are easy to understand.
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I used this for my Introduction to Biological Psychology class, and it was perfect.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Larry Kaplan on May 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This comment is addressed to the publisher, Wadsworth, and NOT to the most excellent Dr. Kalat.

I would very much like to buy this textbook. However, the description of the 10th edition does not make clear how the book was improved from the 9th edition, that I already own.

In addition, when I looked inside the 10th edition electronically, the sample of the first chapter seemed to have changed hardly at all (except the formatting is nicer with the new edition). This did not inspire my confidence in the publisher, especially because the book is so expensive!

As a result, I would strongly suggest that the publisher allow potential buyers to find out what has changed between editions. This would allow a consumer to learn whether the book has actually been made more current. Otherwise, for me, there is little incentive to buy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Cat VINE VOICE on May 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
WOW! This is an incredibly illustrated and beautifully laid out book. The information is fantastic. It is suitable for undergraduate level or early graduate level biological psychology--- its not so detailed that it becomes dry and boring, yet, not too simple that it does the same. Its extremely easy to learn from and very up to date. The author, Dr. Kalat, blends in a bit of humor and the most interesting current topics in neuroscience. I highly recommend this text for your course or for an interested enthusiast. You will not be disappointed!

Updates for this edition: The text layout has been revised, new studies on break-through topics (such as plasticity) have been included, graphics and artwork has been enhanced. Overall, the improvements over the previous edition are not absolutely essential. If you find the previous edition for a bargain, don't pass it up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Reed on December 6, 2010
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I'm sure a lot of the blame lies with the publisher, but this book tries way too hard to be "hip". It has a lot of "Go try this online!" links in the text (some of which were not reviewed very carefully). If that's your thing, then maybe this book will appeal to you, but I found it distracting and childish. It seemed like it was written for a high-school age crowd, despite being a topic more often covered in college or grad school. There were a lot of illustrations, which were very helpful, and the summaries of each chapter are a big help when studying for exams. They also do a good job of highlighting the key terms in the text.

Unless you're really in to the online thing, or unless your prof requires it, I wouldn't shell out for the "WebTutor" key code. The online quizzes and powerpoint presentations are full of typos and errors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darkdazeys on July 9, 2011
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I am currently taking an online biopsychology class. This book makes the topic incredibly interesting, and the concepts in it are easy to understand. It's very thorough, but not thorough to the point where your head hurts from all of the knowledge. I will definitely be keeping this book, because I know it will come in handy for the rest of my psychology courses. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By college student on August 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this text book there are a few changes from the older edition such as pictures but the content is pretty much the same. I bought the international edition which came out way cheaper than the hardcover. I thought there were going to be differences between the hardcover and the international. The only main difference is the paper which is thinner than the hardcover that is thicker. If you find a cheaper book check out the international edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Courtney J. Ross on March 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I used this text for an undergraduate course in Biopsychology. Overall, the information was well presented, and the layout/design of the book was very nice. Kalat even weaved humorous remarks throughout the text.

I learned a lot from the book, and I think it was a good choice for the course. However, there were times when it was a little difficult to follow Kalat. The writing within the chapters didn't always follow the most logical progression for a newcomer to the material. I know that other people who reviewed this book said that the material was too easy, but for someone who had never taken a course in Biopsych, the book was challenging at times. The anatomy of the brain was particularly difficult to follow.

After multiple readings of a chapter, I could always grasp the material. Perhaps there could be a slightly better outline and progression of topics that would make the book more approachable.

Overall, it was a good textbook, but I think there are a few improvements that could be made to make it even better.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Esther Wong on February 18, 2009
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This is definitely not one of the best Biological Psychology books out there. To be honest, I'm actually quite surprised my professor, who is otherwise an incredible lecturer, even selected this as our course text. It treats the material at a very basic, surface level. The author thoroughly cites interesting, current research investigations and findings, but there is otherwise very limited discussion and elaboration on the majority of the topics.

Not worth the $130 I spent for it, even on a discount...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ER on July 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
An easy to follow, jargon free, succinct little textbook that attempts to ease the student into the otherwise daunting subject of biological psychology. To this end, Kalat's book serves it's purpose well. Unfortunately, it is saturated with references to interesting research that is only given a cursory glance and never fully explained.
For the student who is in any way familiar with biological psychology, I probably wouldn't advise you to use this textbook. You won't learn anything new.
For those who are new to biological psychology however, this is a very good place to start.
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