Biological Psychology 12th Edition

James W. Kalat

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Dr. James W. Kalat's BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY is the most widely used resource of its kind in its course area, and for good reason: a high level of scholarship, a clear writing style with amusing anecdotes, and precise examples. Kalat's key goal is to make biological psychology accessible to psychology students, not just to biology majors and pre-meds. Another goal is to convey the excitement of the search for biological explanations of behavior, and Kalat delivers. Updated with new topics, examples, and recent research findings -- and supported by the interactive learning tools provided in the MindTap® online learning platform -- BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 12th Edition speaks to today's students and instructors.

Meet the Author

James W. Kalat, North Carolina State University

James W. Kalat is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at North Carolina State University, where he taught courses in introduction to psychology and biological psychology from 1977 through 2012. He received an AB degree summa cum laude from Duke University and a PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (10th Edition) and co-author with Michelle Shiota of EMOTION (2nd Edition). In addition to textbooks, he has written journal articles on taste-aversion learning, the teaching of psychology, and other topics. He was twice the program chair for the annual convention of the American Psychological Society, now named the Association for Psychological Science.

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Features & Benefits

  • Kalat's text incorporates the latest research in biological psychology, including significant coverage on neuroscience and neuropsychology.
  • Colorful, vivid illustrations in a consistent style throughout the text connect physiological components to concise biological psychology explanations, helping students understand challenging concepts.
  • Applications and Extensions bring practical meaning and better understanding to important topics. Topics include people with four cone types, "goose bumps" and "fight or flight," suppressed vision during eye movements, and an exploration of the sensation of tickle and the somatosensory receptors.
  • Try It Yourself exercises illustrate phenomena discussed in the text. By allowing students to experience certain research findings directly, these enjoyable, instructive exercises make it easier to comprehend and remember concepts.
  • Stop and Check self-quizzes at the end of every major section give students the opportunity to review and digest the material they have just read. Answers--presented upside down--immediately follow each question or set of questions.

Table of Contents

Biological Psychology

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction.
1. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses.
2. Synapses.
3. Anatomy and Research Methods.
4. Genetics, Evolution, Development, and Plasticity.
5. Vision.
6. Other Sensory Systems.
7. Movement.
8. Wakefulness and Sleep.
9. Internal Regulation.
10. Reproductive Behaviors.
11. Emotional Behaviors.
12. The Biology of Learning and Memory.
13. Cognitive Functions.
14. Psychological Disorders.
Appendix A: Brief, Basic Chemistry.
Appendix B: Society for Neuroscience Policies on the Use of Animals and Human Subjects in Research.
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