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Biological Psychology

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October 2019 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The challenge of teaching bio-psychology is first getting students up to speed with the basic brain functions and terminology, before this can be applied to psychology, and then finally helping them develop critical thinking about the subject. This book uniquely addresses all three of these issues and provides a resource that supports students at each of these different levels of understanding.

Key features include:

• New video animations for the biology chapters and high-quality illustrations throughout, helping students grasp the basic neuroanatomy and microbiology.

• 'Check your understanding' questions in the book and MCQs online help students test their understanding and prepare for assessments.

• Chapters cover the need-to-know topics for psychology students with 'Insight' and 'Focus on Methods' boxes, highlighting these topics' relevance to the real-world.

• Spotlights build on the chapters, delving deeper into contemporary debates, issues and controversies around topical areas such as post-traumatic stress disorder, obesity and pain.


 
Chapter 1: What is biological psychology?
 
Chapter 2: Structure and communication in the nervous system
 
Chapter 3: Drugs and the nervous system: psychopharmacology
 
Spotlight 3a: Individual differences in drug responses
 
Chapter 4: Development, degeneration and recovery in the nervous system
 
Spotlight 4a: Behavioural genetics
 
Spotlight 4b: Neurodegeneration
 
Chapter 5: The importance of experience: learning and memory
 
Spotlight 5a: Memory persistence
 
Chapter 6: Sensory systems
 
Spotlight 6a: Retinal spatial processing
 
Spotlight 6b: Pain
 
Chapter 7: Motor control
 
Spotlight 7a: Mirror neurons
 
Chapter 8: Emotional behaviours
 
Spotlight 8a: The neural basis of fear
 
Spotlight 8b: Too much emotion? Post-traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction
 
Chapter 9: Motivated behaviours
 
Spotlight 9a: Sleep disturbances and implications for health
 
Spotlight 9b: Eating disorders and obesity
 
Chapter 10: Psychological disorders
 
Spotlight 10a: Schizophrenia

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Instructor resources
Animations Teaching Guide
PowerPoint slides
Test Bank
PowerPoint of 'Focus on Methods' boxes

Student resources
Animations
MCQS
Chapter by chapter flashcards
Curated list of external videos
Useful weblinks

This textbook should be of particular interest to undergraduate students as by reading it they will grasp the fundamentals of  brain anatomy and brain functions and then further progress onto areas such as the effects of drug-taking, learning and memory, movement, eating and sleeping behaviours, psychological disorders and more. The book encourages and emphasises the importance of critical thinking and linking research areas, something that will allow students to access the top band of marks.

 

Nina Avitabile
Psychology Student, Birmingham University

Very accessibly written, and with some especially interesting and modern "spotlight" chapters, covering controversies and current issues. The book itself is also very colourful and engaging, which is especially important for material that many undergraduate psychology students tend to feel some anxiety around.

Dr Paul Mulcahy
Psychology, University of Limerick
December 5, 2019

This is an in-depth yet extremely accessible text which will enable students to build confidence in their understanding of a topic which many find challenging in Psychology.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
October 7, 2019

Very detailed, comprehensive and rigorous!

Dr Antonina Pereira
Department of Psychology and Counselling, Chichester University
September 24, 2019

Well set out, easy to follow in sequential order of topics.
Relevant to those who wish to focus on a particular aspect as well being helpful as a source for research project

Mrs Sunita Hensman
Health Education and Care Department, West Herts College
September 24, 2019

This book brings together neurobiology and psychology in a comprehensive and accessible way. I have not come across a text which addresses biological psychology (usually it is either neuroscience or psychology), so this is a very welcome text. Clear colour diagrams, boxes with specific topics, demarkation of specialist terms, exercises, further reading and online resources all help students to get to grips with the material. Two pages at the start explain how to make the most of the book. The text is easy to read and the book stays open when put on a table.
Generally concepts are explained well, but there seems to be a variation between explaining them for level 5 students and assuming a high level of prior understanding. Some topics are introduced without enough detail. For example, page 34 discusses G protein-coupled receptors and metabotropic receptors without enough detail for students to gain understanding. In the index, G-protein is incorrectly allocated to page 35 and metabotropic is not in the index at all, making it difficult for students to find more information. Information about the DMN is important, but it may not be best placed on page 72. Of course these are just examples. On the whole the book does a very good job of introducing a broad and complex field of study.

Dr Hubert van Griensven
School of Health and Social Work, Hertfordshire University
July 16, 2019

This is an excellent and interesting book that goes into an excellent level of detail for students who are learning about the biological perspective in psychology.

Ms Lucy Helen Anacleto
Social Science, Coventry University Scarborough Campus
June 28, 2019

- New Chapter 1: What is Biological Psychology
- New Spotlight 6b: Pain
- New 'check your understanding' questions throughout body of text
- New critical thinking insight box and 'critical thinking' questions at the end of each chapter to encourage deeper analysis of biological psychology (often students think biopsych is all about facts and so struggle to think critically about the topic).
- More illustrations added
- Additional pedagogical boxes added (e.g. more Insight boxes)
- Text and pedagogy reviewed and updated throughout
- New content on: sleep patterns and biological rhythms, eating behaviour, stress and health and sexual differences

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Suzanne Higgs

Suzanne Higgs is a Professor in the Psychobiology of Appetite at the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Suzanne has a degree in Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Suzanne's PhD work was conducted at the University of Durham on the psychopharmacology of appetite. Suzanne completed post-doctoral work at University of Oxford on the neural bases of learning and memory with Nicholas Rawlins and Susan Greenfield and was then appointed to a lectureship in psychology at the University of Birmingham. Her current position is Professor in the Psychobiology of Appetite. More About Author

Alison Cooper

Dr Alison Cooper is a Senior Lecturer and the Deputy Programme Director at the Institute of Clinical Sciences at the University of Birmingham. A lifelong interest in biology resulted in Alison Cooper reading for a degree in Natural Sciences. During this a developing interest in neuroscience led to a PhD in the laboratory of Alan Crossman in the neuroanatomy department at the University of Manchester. The laboratory had a reputation for work elucidating the neuroanatomical and neurochemical basis of basal ganglia an dysfunction, particularly in relation to movement. The behavioural pharmacology aspects of the PhD required Alison... More About Author

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee is a a Reader at the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Jonathan has spent all of his formative years at the University of Cambridge. After completing his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Neuroscience), he undertook a PhD in the Department of Experimental Psychology under the supervision of Professor Barry Everitt. He continued as a post-doc in Prof Everitt's lab, before becoming a Lecturer in the Department of Experimental Psychology prior to his move to Birmingham in 2008. More About Author

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