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Biological Psychology

Biological Psychology

Third edition
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February 2023 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Biological Psychology offers a highly visual, in-depth guide to the basic biological functions of the brain that you will need to learn throughout the course of your psychology degree. This edition boasts a revamped learning structure with a strong applied focus. This allows you to engage with biological psychology through a range of real world applications, getting you to apply your learning to conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD and Parkinson’s, and treatments such as gene therapy and brain-computer interfaces for spinal cord injuries.  

Key features include: 

New real world applications boxes that help put theory into practice, showing you the human side of the science
Focus on methods boxes that demonstrate the research methods you will use as a biological psychologist to uncover the workings of the brain 
Key debates to deepen your understanding of contemporary research and its impact  
Critical thinking questions
Key points and glossary definitions to solidify your understanding of complex ideas and new terminology
Further reading suggestions to help build your bibliography for assignments
Video animations to help you grasp basic neuroanatomy and psychobiology 

This book goes above and beyond to familiarise you with the links between biology and psychology, making it an essential read for psychology students at all levels.

Suzanne Higgs is Professor in the Psychobiology of Appetite at the University of Birmingham.
Alison Cooper is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. 
Jonathan Lee is Professor of Memory Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham.
Chapter 1: What is Biological Psychology
Chapter 2: Structure and Communication in the Nervous System
Chapter 3: Drugs and the Nervous System: Psychopharmacology
Chapter 4: Development, Degeneration and Recovery in the Nervous System
Chapter 5: The Importance of Experience: Learning and Memory
Chapter 6: Sensory Systems
Chapter 7: Motor Control
Chapter 8: Emotional Behaviours
Chapter 9: Motivated Behaviours
Chapter 10: Psychological Disorders

Suzanne Higgs

Professor Suzanne Higgs has a degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology from the Univer­sity of Oxford, UK. During her degree she became fascinated by the effects of drugs on the brain and behaviour, which motivated her to pursue a PhD in Psychopharmacology at the University of Durham. After her PhD, she worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford before moving to the University of Birmingham, UK to take up a faculty position in the School of Psychology. She has taught at all levels on the BSc in Psychology programme at Birmingham and has over 20 years of lecturing experience. She specialises in teaching... More About Author

Alison Cooper

Dr Alison Cooper’s interest in Neuroscience began during her Natural Sciences degree when she accidentally found herself studying the properties of neurones that form the circuit that control grasshopper movement. She pursued an interest in understanding how activity of neuronal cells could underpin behaviour for her PhD by researching the properties and functions of the parts of the brain that contribute to human motor behaviour. During this time, she became interested in neuropharmacology, and the link between synaptic neurotransmission and human function/ dysfunction has remained the focus of her thoughts. Following various Postdoctoral... More About Author

Jonathan Lee

Professor Jonathan Lee has a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Neuroscience, from the University of Cambridge. He has always been interested in the value of studying biological mechanisms in order to understand behaviour. This interest has been particularly focused on unconscious memories and their impact upon behaviour. In his PhD and Postdoctoral research, also at the University of Cambridge, he studied the contribution of gene expression and pharmacological mechanisms in the processes underlying long-term fear and addictive drug memories. He has continued these research interests since moving to the University of Birmingham,... More About Author

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