Discovering Biological Psychology

ISBN-10: 0618086161

ISBN-13: 9780618086160

Edition: 2006

Authors: Laura A. Freberg

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Discovering Biological Psychology is a new text for the beginning undergraduate course in biological, or physiological, psychology. The book provides a foundational understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system and its relationship to both typical and disordered human behavior. Written by an author with more than 25 years of teaching experience at schools ranging from community colleges to the Ivy League, this text presents classic concepts, current topics, and cutting-edge research in a style that is at once accessible to beginning and less well-prepared students and appealing to students with stronger backgrounds. Instructors using this text can teach a rigorous course that does not oversimplify the material, while keeping students excited and engaged. The text's clear and direct style is both accessible and appealing to students of varying abilities and backgrounds. An effective illustration program supports and clarifies the content. Visible student-centered pedagogy guides students through complex scientific concepts. In presenting a new topic, the author creates a compelling narrative to bring together multiple related concepts. For example, Chapter 5 introduces the related concepts of genetics, evolution, and nervous system development. The chapter begins with the basic concepts of genetics, which flows to a discussion of how the human nervous system evolved from that of simpler life forms. Students then learn how the human nervous system develops and changes in response to both internal cues and external influences, from zygote through adult. Throughout the chapter, intriguing, real-life examples such as X-inactivation in cats and humans, redevelopment in response to brain damage, and fetal alcohol syndrome, are used to illustrate key points.
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List price: $192.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 2/22/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 592
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 3.388
Language: English

Laura A. Freberg (Ph.D., UCLA) is Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Sensation and Perception. Laura's teaching career began when she taught her first college course at Pasadena City College at the age of 23. To better understand the needs of the online education community, she also teaches a variety of psychology courses for Argosy University Online. Laura has received Faculty Member of the Year recognition from Cal Poly Disabilities Resource Center three times (1991, 1994, and 2009) for her work with students with disabilities. She enjoys using technology and social media in the classroom, and is a Google Glass Explorer. Laura serves as the Content Expert Writer for Psychology for and as the Bylaws and Archives Committee Chair for the Society for Social Neuroscience. She is a member of the editorial board for Leadership Quarterly. With John Cacioppo of the University of Chicago, she is the co-author of two editions of DISCOVERING PSYCHOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF MIND (Cengage Learning).

Note: Each chapter includes Interim Summaries and concludes with Thought Questions, Recommended Reading, Key Terms, and Recommended Web Sites
Introducing Biological Psychology
Biological Psychology as an Interdisciplinary
Field Highlights in the Biological Psychology
Timeline Research Methods in Biological Psychology
Research Ethics
New Directions: New Ethical Challenges Regarding Stem Cell Research
The Anatomy of the Nervous System
Anatomical Directions and Planes of Section
Protecting and Supplying the Nervous System
The Central Nervous System
The Peripheral Nervous System
New Directions: The Autonomic Nervous System and Stress
Cells of the Nervous System
Neurons and Glia
The Generation of the Action Potential
The Propagation of the Action Potential
The Synapse Neuromodulation
New Directions: Tetanus and the Lack of Inhibition
Psychopharmacology Neurotransmitters, Neuromodulators, and Neurohormones
Drug Actions at the Synapse
Basic Principles of Drug Effects
Effects of Psychoactive Drugs
New Directions: Designer Drugs
The Genetics, Evolution, and Development of the Human Brain
Genetics and Behavior Evolution Development
New Directions: Can We Stop the Aging Process
Vision Characteristics of Light
The Structure and Functions of the Visual System
Visual Perception
The Development of the Visual System
Disorders of the Visual System
New Directions: The Effect of Vision on Flavor
Nonvisual Sensation and Perception Audition
The Body Senses
The Chemical Senses
New Directions: Yellow Smoky Voices and Sounds Like Briny Pickles
Movement Muscles
Neural Control of Muscles Reflex
Control of Movement Motor Systems of the Brain
Disorders of Movement
New Directions: How Much Stronger and Faster Can We Get
Motivation: The Regulation of Temperature, Thirst, and Hunger Homeostasis
Regulation of Body Temperature
Thirst: Regulation of the Body's Fluid
Hunger: Regulation of the Body's Nutrients
Obesity and Eating Disorders
New Directions: Mood and Food
Sexual Behavior
Sexual Development Hormones and Sexual Behavior
Sex Differences in the Nervous System S
exual Orientation Attraction
Parental Behavior Sexual
Dysfunction and Treatment
New Directions: Why Have Sex
Sleep and Waking Circadian
Rhythms Stages of Waking and Sleep
Sleep Throughout the Life Span
Dreaming During REM and SWS
The Functions of Sleep
Brain Mechanisms of Sleep and Arousal Biochemistry of Sleep
Sleep Disorders
New Directions: Can We Modify Our Sleep-Waking Cycles
Learning and Memory
Learning Memory
New Directions: Can We Prevent Age-Related Memory Loss
Lateralization, Language, and Intelligence Lateralization of Function
Language Communication Disorders and Brain Mechanisms for Language Intelligence
New Directions: The Relationship Between Music and Language
Emotion, Aggression, Reward, and Stress Emotion
Aggression and Violence
Pleasure and Reward Stress
New Directions: Coping with Stress
Neurological Disorders
Major Classes of Neurological Disorders
Brain Infections
Migraine Headaches Assessment of Neurological Disorders
Recovery from Damage Therapy for Brain Damage
New Directions: Using Virtual Reality (VR) for Rehabilitation Following Brain Injury
Psychological Disorders
Schizophrenia Mood Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Autism Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Antisocial Personality Disorder
New Directions: The Roles of Nature and Nurture in Psychopathology
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