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Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Biological Psychology Paperback – November 3, 2010

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ISBN-13: 978-1412981682 ISBN-10: 1412981689 Edition: Third Edition

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“I have been searching for a book that would thoroughly treat all of the concepts in brain and behavior while also being easy enough for the student to read without becoming overwhelmed. I think that the Garrett text might be an answer to my problem.”

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“My students liked the organization of Garrett. They thought it was easy to read and an appropriate resource for this course.”
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“The key issues in teaching biopsychology are getting students focused on the material and making it interesting enough for them to be willing to read the text. Garrett does a good job of assisting with this process of making material meaningful and practical to students.”
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“Garrett delivers…using every day applications to provide a context for making dry material much more interesting.”
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About the Author

Bob Garrett is a Visiting Scholar at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He was Professor of Psychology at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and held several positions there, including Chairperson of the Department of Psychology, Faculty Development Coordinator, and Interim Dean of Academic Affairs. He received his BA from the University of Texas at Arlington and his MA and PhD from Baylor University. He received further training in the Department of Physiology at Baylor University College of Medicine and at the Aeromedical Research Primate Laboratory, Holloman Air Force Base. Bob and his wife, Duejean, live on a 3,200-acre ranch they share with 47 other families in the hills outside San Luis Obispo. Their two sons, daughter-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren all live nearby.

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  • Series: Brain and Behavior an introduction to Biological Psychology
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Third Edition edition (November 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412981689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412981682
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Ramirez on May 23, 2011
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I will make this rather short and to the point. The organization of the materials reads more like a narrative than a textbook. The reader is forced to make sense of the writer's complete lack of structure and categorizing. There were numerous typos and as well as sentences in which all of the words contained no spacing between them. This was a rather difficult course, and the author/publisher failed to assist in any way.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sci Guy on October 17, 2009
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Very detailed, and rarely boring. The only problem from my perspective is that it was too detailed sometimes, and the course I was taking was not as in-depth. Other than that, excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookreader on May 15, 2012
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I found this to be an interesting, engaging, well-arranged text book. It took a complex subject which easily could be confusing and laid it out in a nice, easy manner. The course felt easy for me because this book was so efficiently designed that learning was almost effortless. This is an achievement in any subject, but is particularly appreciated in a subject like psychology, where many texts have multiple theories for many phenomena confusingly splotched together on a page without strong overarching narrative. Exceeded my expectations, reading assignments in the book were never a drag, no gristle just lean knowledge injection straight into your brain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By h4x0rzzzzz on January 8, 2013
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The textbook is very well organized and put together. The images are well-chosen and are quite supplemental to the text. The text is quite simple to understand and the extra study questions have been very helpful for class. For someone who is not going to become a neurologist and merely wants to dabble in the subject, this book has been endlessly fascinating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Roy on June 1, 2013
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This was a required book that I was able to rent at a fraction of the cost! Thanks so much!
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When a very close relative developed symptoms of what appeared to be alzhiemer's disease at a rather early age I became interested in learning about the disease, which led me to this book. I ended up reading the entire book. It offers a fascinating peek into the most amazing organ in the human body. Bob Garret, the author was able to find a neat space between teaching and telling a story, that keeps readers interested without becoming overwhelmed, or bored with the topics. Despite it's easy to read style, the book is still surprisingly detailed and not oversimplified. The discussions are generously supported with illustrations and complemented with real world studies and accounts. Apart from Alzheimer's, some of the topics I found most interesting were in Part 2 of the book, "Motivation and Regulation of Internal States" - Chapter 6, and "Emotion and health" - Chapter 8. One of the first things that becomes clear as you read, and which is emphasized throughout the book, is the concept of localization which is the conclusion that different functions are controlled by different parts of the brain and therefore while damage to a part of the brain may affect certain functions, other functions controlled by other parts of the brain is unaffected. Prior to reading this book, I often wondered why medicines were prescribed for emotional and psychological disorders. When I read the book, I learnt that emotions and behavior are regulated through chemical interactions with receptors to the brain and therefore many psychological and emotional disturbances are really chemical imbalances. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wishes to have a quick, clear insight into the world of human behavior as a function of the brain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megan Miller on August 7, 2013
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I really like this book. There is a newer version out now. This book has a lot of info about how the brain and the body work together to create our psychology.
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This book will really educate you on Brain & Behavior as it's title suggests. I bought this book for this Biological Psychology class I had at my local community college. If it wasn't for this book I may have gotten a D grade or worse in that Bio Psych class. This book explained complex subjects within the field of brain pathology, sleep science, and etc.

Me not being a science expert I was hoping this book would help me get through my Bio Psych class and it did. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves or cares about studying the brain and the behavior of humans.

I would like to thank Amazon bookseller fasttextbooksf4you for fast and prompt service and helping me pass that SUPER hard and super boring Bio Psych class.
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