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Biological Psychology

Biological Psychology

Third edition
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February 2023 | 640 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


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For students:

  • Animations allow you to visualise essential biological functions and concepts.

  • Suggested video clips, podcasts and news articles contextualise biological psychology for all learning styles, available on the go via your phone or laptop.

For lecturers:

  • Animations Teaching Guide include quiz and discussion questions linked to the videos to help you use them in your classroom or for flipped learning.
  • PowerPoint Slides provide teaching tools to help easily embed this book into your teaching. 
  • Teaching guide, which includes a range of chapter-by-chapter short answer and multiple choice questions to check your students’ understanding and facilitate class discussion.
  • Video Links save you time searching through YouTube by providing a list of useful video clips demonstrating the key topics of each chapter.
  • Weblinks provide a list of websites, podcasts and articles to contextualise biological psychology for all learning styles and provide useful links to include in your lectures or to share with your students.
  • Course Cartridge allows you to easily upload all the lecturer and student resources into your institution’s learning management system (i.e. your Blackboard or Moodle), and customise the content to suit your teaching needs.
Watch a Sample Animation
A short animation introducing psychology students to the different parts of the brain. Just one of many animations, videos and more you will get access to when buying a copy of the textbook Biological Psychology by Suzanne Higgs, Alison Cooper and Jonathan Lee.
Watch a Biopsychology Webinar
Prof. Suzanne Higgs, Dr Alison Cooper and Prof. Jonathan Lee discuss the approach that inspired them to write Biological Psychology, third edition. They offer advice on boosting student engagement, encouraging critical thinking and making the most of the resources that accompany the book.

A great text! A comprehensive introduction to this area of psychology complete with lots of dynamic and colourful information provided in a range of ways.

Henry Lennon
Psychology, Derby University
July 24, 2023

An excellent publication, clearly illustrated, conceptually clear and concise.

Mr Charles Miller-Fik
Higher education, Norwich City College of FE And HE
June 14, 2023

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 controls grasshopper movement. She pursued an interest in understanding how the 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... 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 on 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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