- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 9 edition (October 21, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0205915574
- ISBN-13: 978-0205915576
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 172 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
John Pinel, the author of Biopsychology , obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal and worked briefly at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before taking a faculty position at the University of British Columbia, where he is currently Professor Emeritus. Professor Pinel is an award-winning teacher and the author of over 200 scientific papers. However, he feels that Biopsychology is his major career-related accomplishment. “It ties together everything I love about my job; students, teaching, writing, and research.”
Pinel attributes much of his success to his wife Maggie who is an artist and professional designer. Over the years, they have collaborated on many projects, and the quality of Biopsychology’s illustrations is largely attributable to her skill and effort.
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Overall, don’t be that student that thinks that you don’t need a book to pass the class. TRUST ME it will help you.
Other than that, i like the fact that it has regular size "text".
The writing style is engaging and I particularly enjoyed the author's personal anecdotes. The chapters are written in a straight forward format with clear and concise explanations- except for the chapter on visual systems. The visual systems chapter was overwhelming, wordy, and difficult to understand.
Grade in class: 95 = A
Pinel has videotaped himself awkwardly addressing his imagined readers and foists these segments on the user at odd points throughout the CD. Each chapter contains a set of flash cards, a single multiple choice quiz, and a list of supplemental readings. The flash cards are of some use, the quiz doesn't provide correct answers for missed questions and yields only a superficial evaluation of the student's performance, and the list of readings is short (three or four citations) and without Web links.
One has the impression that the CD was included because it's de rigueur for college texts in the $100+ price category these days. Neither Pinel nor his editor seems to have any idea what content would actually be useful on a CD, e.g., a variety of quiz types, pre- and post-tests with specific reading remediations in the text for missed questions, animations of text content (rather than silly visual-space-ship-tracking exercises), Web links to supplemental material, and so on.